Health Tips: Magnesium: An Overlooked Essential Mineral

Magnesium is required in 325 enzyme systems, helps metabolize macronutrients, balance blood sugar, acts like a natural statin, provides an essential spark in our nervous system, and is necessary in muscles for movement. It’s also an “antagonist” for calcium, balancing it out. The current thinking is that we should get a 1:1 ratio of calcium to magnesium, though a majority of Americans are magnesium deficient. Good sources of magnesium are supplements, nuts, seeds, dark chocolate, Epsom salt baths, and topical magnesium oil.