What is magnesium?

Magnesium is a dietary supplement that may have benefits for muscle and bone health, carbohydrate metabolism, and many other body functions.


Magnesium, a common mineral in the human body, is involved in hundreds of body reactions, from muscle health to metabolism.*

What are the dietary sources of magnesium?

Magnesium is found in many foods. It is especially abundant in whole grains, nuts and seeds, and leafy green vegetables, such as spinach. Meat, dairy foods and mineral water also contain fairly high amounts of magnesium.

Should I consider taking a magnesium dietary supplement?

Research suggests that many Americans don't get enough magnesium in their diets. If you take a water pill (diuretic) or have diabetes, your magnesium level can be low. You may also be at risk if you have a condition that affects your body's ability to absorb nutrients, such as celiac disease.

Low magnesium can contribute to fatigue and muscle weakness.* Low magnesium can also worsen existing health issues, such as diabetes and cardiovascular conditions.*

How can a magnesium supplement affect my health?

Supplemental magnesium can support your health in several ways:

  • Promotes energy production*
  • Supports optimal muscle function*
  • Supports bone health*
  • Supports heart and lung function*
  • Promotes carbohydrate metabolism*
  • Provides support for muscle soreness and fatigue by helping decrease lactic acid accumulation during exertion*
  • Helps maintain bowel regularity*
Dec. 09, 2016