Importance of Magnesium
Why is Magnesium Important?
Magnesium is an essential mineral that helps support and maintain good cardiovascular health.
Did you know?
- According to a USDA Agricultural Research Report, 7 out of 10 Americans are below the Dietrary Reference Intake for Magnesium.1
- Sufficient magnesium intake is important in helping to*:
- maintain the function of the heart, muscles, and nervous system
- support learning and memory performance in aging adults
- absorb and utilize potassium and calcium properly
- Magnesium is also critical for athlete’s endurance in order to help maintain electrolyte and energy levels.* To learn more about the impact of adequate magnesium intake among athletes, click here.
- Click here13 to see what your Reference Daily Intake (RDI) of Magnesium is.
- Adults with certain health concerns or who are taking medication may need magnesium supplementation. Magnesium can be found in foods such as green and leafy vegetables, halibut, nuts such as almonds, and sunflower seeds, etc., and a high-quality dietary supplement such as SlowMag Mg.2-12
- Click here to learn more about medical conditions which may be associated with magnesium loss.
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