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3. Magnesium

As many as 80 percent of Americans are deficient in this vital mineral that most people don’t think about.

Not only is magnesium involved in heart and bone health, it’s found in 300 enzymes in the body. Magnesium plays a role in digestion, production of neurotransmitters, and the regulation of insulin.

Too much caffeine or alcohol, not enough leafy greens in the diet, and certain medications can cause low magnesium. And as we age, magnesium levels become harder to maintain.

As far as your heart goes, recent research has confirmed that even a minor deficiency in magnesium can result in stiffened arteries, heart arrhythmias (irregular heart beat), and increases the chances that a heart attack will be fatal.

Read: What’s stealing your magnesium?

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Joyce Hollman

By Joyce Hollman

Joyce Hollman is a writer based in Kennebunk, Maine, specializing in the medical/healthcare and natural/alternative health space. Health challenges of her own led Joyce on a journey to discover ways to feel better through organic living, utilizing natural health strategies. Now, practicing yoga and meditation, and working towards living in a chemical-free home, her experiences make her the perfect conduit to help others live and feel better naturally.