The Vanishing Mineral

The more essential magnesium proves for well-being, the harder it is to consume enough.

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THE MINERAL magnesium is an essential nutrient that sustains every cell of the body. It helps power all cell functions, and it is critical to over 300 biologically active enzymes. Plants can’t do without it either; it regulates photosynthesis and chlorophyll production. The more it is studied, the more important the mineral proves to be for general health. New research stresses the value of magnesium in averting heart disease and stroke and calls outright for clinical trails of the mineral in preventing cardiovascular disease and curbing the rise in metabolic disorders such as diabetes.

Despite magnesium being one of the most abundant minerals in our bodies, deficiency is on the rise. At most, 40 percent of us get enough from the foods we eat. Deficiency manifests in symptoms as diverse as insomnia, muscle spasms, arrhythmias, insulin resistance, and anxiety. Magnesium levels in foods are declining, but your best bet for getting enough is still to make a deliberate effort to consume a magnesium-rich diet.

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