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5 Surprising Ways Magnesium Benefits Your Body

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Magnesium, a naturally-occurring mineral common in foods such as nuts, fish, seeds, dark chocolate, and leafy green vegetables is essential for human health. Yet, because magnesium isn't talked about as often as other essential minerals, such as calcium and sodium, many people may not realize its importance, or understand the health benefits this mineral can have. 

In fact, up to 90% of people may be suffering from symptoms of magnesium deficiencies without even realizing it. Luckily, getting enough magnesium is simple, and completely worth the effort! Here are five ways that magnesium benefits your body. 

1. Magnesium is important for heart health.

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It's no secret, heart disease is a killer. In fact, it continues to be the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Forming heart-healthy habits is important for those seeking to avoid heart disease. In addition to an active lifestyle, a diet of low-cholesterol, high-fiber foods is recommended to prevent heart disease, along with minerals such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium. 

According to one study, adding 100 milligrams of magnesium per day to one's diet was associated with an eight percent reduced risk of stroke. Given how common magnesium is, increasing your magnesium intake is a simple way to help reduce your risk of heart disease.