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Magnesium is a mineral found in a wide variety of foods.

The richest sources are green leafy vegetables (such as spinach) and nuts. Good sources include bread, fish, meat and dairy foods.

It is sometimes taken as a supplement.


  • helps turn the food we eat into energy
  • helps make sure the parathyroid glands, which produce hormones important for bone health, work normally

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