You can't take a breath, move a muscle, or think a thought if you don't have enough magnesium in your cells. But according to dietary surveys, many Americans may not be getting enough from their food. And research suggests that a shortage of magnesium may put you at increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, and maybe migraines.
Many Americans don't take in enough magnesium to replace what they lose every day. One reason: it's most plentiful in foods like green leafy vegetables, whole grains, beans, and nuts--not exactly staples in most households.