Magnesium is a mineral that is crucial for your body to function. It is found throughout the body in bones, soft tissues, and cells, and plays a part in controlling blood pressure, to synthesizing DNA, to generating energy for your body to function.
Since the mineral is responsible for so many bodily functions, a magnesium deficiency has the potential to be detrimental to your health.
Magnesium deficiency is not common, but it does happen. It's estimated that 2.5% to 15% of the general population have hypomagnesemia, aka low levels of magnesium in the blood.
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Luckily we can prevent by trying to eat foods that are rich in magnesium. These include:
Leafy green vegetables (such as spinach or kale)
Nuts (almonds, cashews, peanuts)
Beans and legumes (black beans, kidney beans, edamame, peanuts)
Fruits (avocados, bananas, apples)
Of course, you can also take magnesium supplements, but it's preferred to get nutrients straight from foods since food is packaged with complementary nutrients that can help you absorb magnesium better and that aren't found in supplements.