It’s elementary…

Magnesium may not be as “sexy” as the latest industry darlings like green tea or green coffee bean extract. But a recently published meta-analysis shows that it’s just as hard-working…even against deadly conditions like cancer.

A group of Chinese researchers reviewed data from eight different studies. They reviewed a total of 338,979 subjects. Results showed that people with the highest magnesium intakes benefited from an 11 percent lower risk of colorectal cancer.

That’s a modest reduction. But it’s not insignificant. Especially when you consider the fact that more than 50 percent of the population doesn’t get enough magnesium.

And believe me, you don’t want to fall on the wrong side of this statistic. Magnesium plays a key role in a number of vital systems. It protects your bones, nerves, immune system, and your heart health, too.

Research even shows it can cut your risk of death in half.

So how can you guarantee you’re getting enough? Your diet can make a big difference. Leafy green veggies, avocados, beans, and nuts (like pine nuts, almonds, and cashews) are all abundant sources of this important trace mineral.

But to err on the safe side, I always recommend taking a multivitamin with magnesium every day.

“Magnesium intake and risk of colorectal cancer: a meta-analysis of prospective studies,” European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, (3 October 2012). doi:10.1038/ejcn.2012.135