Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body with roughly half found in the body’s bones and teeth and the other half in the cells of body tissues and organs. Deficiencies are rare, but can occur if magnesium rich foods are not absent from the diet and/or intestinal disorders. Foods rich in magnesium include dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish, beans, whole grains, avocados, yogurt, bananas, dried fruit and dark chocolate.
Magnesium performs the following in the body:
- Plays a critical role in more than 300 biochemical reactions.
- Helps to maintain normal nerve and muscle function.
- Boost the immune system.
- Assists in maintaining a steady heart beat.
- Helps to regulate blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
- Plays a part in protein synthesis and energy metabolism.
Magnesium citrate is a supplement that has shown promise with migraine relieve and easing nighttime leg cramps. It’s most popular use is as a laxative.