Magnesium Helps Your Heart

According to the Mayo Clinic, and as summarized nicely in a recent article in Well + Good, magnesium has major heart health benefits. Magnesium plays many crucial roles in the body, such as supporting muscle and nerve function and energy production. In your heart, magnesium facilitates the transport of electrolytes, which helps it contract and relax.

Getting enough magnesium—310 to 320 mg for adult women and 400 to 420 mg for adult men, according to the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)—helps your heart rhythm stay healthy.

Nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans, leafy vegetables, milk, yogurt and fortified foods are good sources of magnesium. One ounce of almonds contains 20% of the daily magnesium an adult needs. Even water (tap, mineral or bottled) can provide magnesium. Some laxatives and antacids also contain magnesium.

Too much magnesium from foods isn't a concern for healthy adults. But high doses of magnesium from supplements or medications can cause nausea, abdominal cramping and diarrhea.

Vie powder contains 14 percent of your daily magnesium requirements, giving you a nice boost to your dietary intake. Find out more about Vie and how it can help you support your plant-based diet and healthy, active lifestyle.