Magnesium is a mineral that's important for the body to turn food into energy and for bone health.
Although magnesium is available in supplements, most people should be able to get all the magnesium they need from a healthy balanced diet.
Magnesium health benefits and uses:
There is some evidence that eating foods high in magnesium and other minerals may lower blood pressure. Magnesium may help some people with heart disease, but the British Medical Journal cautions "We need bigger studies to find out for certain if taking magnesium can help to reduce blood pressure." Type 2 diabetes is also associated with low magnesium.
Experts say that many people do not eat enough magnesium-rich foods. This mild magnesium deficiency could put them at risk of a number of diseases such as: