Without minerals vitamins are useless and magnesium is an important mineral for many body functions. It's critical for enzymatic reactions involved in energy production, assists with the uptake of calcium and potassium, helps with nerve transmission, and helps the body maintain a normal pH.
Now researchers find that it helps reduce hypertension and the risk of diabetes.
The form you take is important for bio-availability and to prevent magnesium associated diarrhea. I recommend magnesium citrate to my patients.
Magnesium can be found in a wide variety of foods, especially dairy, fish, and meat. It can also be found in a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, seeds, and beans.
Magnesium is depleted by alcohol, diuretics, fluoride, high fat and protein consumption, and excess Vitamin D and zinc. Foods high in oxalic acid such as almonds, chard, cocoa, rhubarb, spinach, and tea also hinder absorption of magnesium. These foods need not be avoided as part of a healthy diet.