Did you know there is a mineral so important to your health that, according to a study published in the Journal of Intensive Care Medicine, a deficiency can make you twice as likely to die as people who are not deficient?

Now here’s the scary part.

According to the National Academy of Sciences, nearly 50 percent of Americans are deficient in it and don’t even know it. What is this mineral? I’m talking about magnesium.

Magnesium plays a huge role in your health. It activates over 350 different processes and is found in every tissue, but higher concentrations exist in your bones, muscles and brain. It promotes normal blood pressure and is required for producing and storing energy.

Simply put, magnesium enables your body to work better. Because it allows muscles to relax, magnesium helps prevent and alleviate many health complaints such as headaches, constipation, cramps and more. In addition, it can play a big role in combatting stress and elevating mood.

In fact, Mark Hyman, MD says, “[Magnesium] is an antidote to stress, the most powerful relaxation mineral available, and it can help improve your sleep.”

According to Vital Choice’s dietitian Nicole Gould, you can get more of this essential mineral in your diet by eating more nuts like almonds, cashews and brazil nuts as well as brown rice, avocado and beans. Be sure to look for organic when possible.

If you want to try a supplement to help combat stress or improve your sleep, I really like a product called Mellow Mag. As opposed to taking large pills, Mellow Mag is a highly absorbable magnesium powder that easily mixes in warm water. I take it daily and really like it.

Mike Ventresca is the owner of Vital Choice Healthstore located at 9243 Sprague Road in North Royalton’s Timber Ridge Plaza. The phone number is 440-885-9505. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.