Found in: Spinach, black beans, peas, and almonds

Magnesium may be one of the most important minerals for good health. Besides enhancing some 300 enzyme-related processes in the body, magnesium may help to prevent or combat many chronic diseases.


  • Magnesium is involved in energy production, nerve function, muscle relaxation , and bone and tooth formation.
  • In conjunction with calcium and potassium, magnesium regulates heart rhythm; It also plays a role in the production and use of insulin.
  • Magnesium helps to prevent and treat heart disease. Studies show that the risk of dying of a heart attack is lower in areas with ‘hard’ water, which contains high levels of magnesium.
  • Those with the lowest magnesium levels had a 94% greater chance of developing the disease than those with the highest levels.