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Magnesium — A Key Nutrient for Health and Disease Prevention

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  • Magnesium plays an important role in a wide variety of biochemical processes including optimizing mitochondrial function and the creation of ATP, regulation of blood sugar, and the activation of muscles and nerves
  • Eating processed food is a primary risk factor for magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is also lost through stress and lack of sleep. If you have elevated insulin levels, you’re quite likely to have low magnesium levels
  • Foods high in magnesium are listed and recommendations for magnesium supplementation are included; as well as guidance for other nutrients that work in tandem with magnesium (calcium, vitamin D, and K2)

By Dr. Mercola

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body. More than 3,750 magnesium-binding sites have been detected on human proteins, and it's required for more than 300 different enzymes in your body.


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