You probably know that calcium is necessary for strong, healthy bones. But in your rush to ensure you are getting enough calcium in your diet; you may have overlooked an equally important mineral—magnesium. Like calcium, magnesium is an essential mineral. And like calcium, magnesium also contributes to strong bones. However, unlike calcium, many Americans have not heard of magnesium and are not aware of just how important it is. Magnesium has been dubbed “the forgotten mineral” because it is often overlooked in favor of calcium. But overlooking magnesium can have serious health consequences. Research shows that besides reducing one