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Timeline PhotosMagnesium is required for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body.
It's required for the transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.
Most of the magnesium (over half) in our body is stored in our tissue and bones and teeth. We commonly hear that calcium is primarily responsible for healthy, strong bones and teeth. Magnesium, however, is responsible for the body’s ability to absorb calcium. Without magnesium, little or no calcium absorption would take place. Not surprisingly, an adequate intake of magnesium is also important for the prevention of osteoporosis.
Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of magnesium. So are, flax and sunflower seeds, quinoa, mangoes, almonds.
Magnesium is unique among the minerals because it is a component of the plant pigment, chlorophyll. This means that all dark green leafy vegetables are particularly good sources of magnesium, like kale, swiss chard, arugula, and collards.