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Often used to promote sleep, relax muscles, and calm stress, magnesium has other, very specific health benefits, according to a study of 1,276 men and women in Mexico, published in Nutrition Journal. Compared to those with the lowest levels of the mineral, people with the highest levels had lower odds of three major health conditions:
- High blood pressure: 48% less likely
- Type 2 diabetes: 69% less likely
- Coronary artery calcification: 42% less likely