nutrient glossary
Green tea leaves for NUTRILITE vitamin, mineral supplements
How Nutrients Work Vitamin K
Carbohydrates Calcium
Protein Chromium
Fats Iron
Vitamin A Magnesium
Vitamin B Selenium
Vitamin C Omega Fatty Acids
Vitamin D Phytonutrients
Vitamin E

Role of Magnesium in Good Nutrition

Magnesium is essential for every biochemical process that takes place within the body.

Key Functions

  • Magnesium is vital for turning food into energy for the body, as well as helping in the release of insulin, which regulates blood sugar levels.
  • Magnesium helps to repair and maintain body cells.
  • Magnesium controls the movement of calcium in and out of cells. It is important for strong bones and teeth.

Food Sources

Milk and dairy foods, nuts, peanut butter, cheddar cheese, and whitefish

  • The magnesium content of plants varies considerably with how much magnesium is in the soil where the plants are grown.
  • Much of the magnesium content in food is lost during processing – milling removes approximately 59% of the magnesium from whole wheat.
  • Cooking foods in water also causes magnesium to leach out during the cooking process.


Check with your local market for the recommended daily intake of magnesium.

Safety Evidence

Women and people who consume alcohol regularly may benefit from adequate levels of magnesium.