Magnesium is a mineral that is important for regular bodily function.
Magnesium is commonly found in various plant-based and animal-based foods.
Some people use magnesium for diseases of the heart and blood vessels including chest pain, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, high levels of "bad" cholesterol called low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, low levels of "good" cholesterol called high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, heart valve disease (mitral valve prolapse), metabolic syndrome, clogged arteries (coronary artery disease), stroke, and heart attack.
Magnesium is important for normal bone structure in the body. People get magnesium from their diet, but sometimes magnesium supplements are needed. Magnesium is also used orally for weight loss. Athletes sometimes use magnesium to increase energy and endurance.
How does it work?
Magnesium is required for the proper growth and maintenance of bones. Magnesium is also required for the proper function of nerves, muscles, and many other parts of the body. In the stomach, magnesium helps neutralize stomach acid and moves stools through the intestine.
Foods that are high in magnesium include:
Almonds, cashews and peanuts.
Spinach and other leafy vegetables.
Black beans and edamame.