Calcium gets all the attention, but other minerals can also help keep you feeling and looking your best. Studies show that magnesium and potassium are mineral powerhouses that can also aid in maintaining bone and heart health. Here’s how these two small minerals can make a big difference.
How it works: Magnesium is responsible for more than 300 biochemical reactions in your body, including regulation of blood pressure and heart rhythm. It also enables your body to better absorb other minerals, such as calcium and potassium.
Beauty tips: The most common form of this mineral in beauty products can be found in Epsom salts, which work as a natural exfoliator when combined with your daily cleansing cream. Long day spent with your feet trapped in pumps? Epsom salts mixed into a warm water foot soak can also be used to get rid of foot odor.
How it works: As the third most abundant mineral in the body, potassium works to keep your muscles strong and the water balanced in your cells. High levels of potassium, along with low levels of sodium, also prevent high blood pressure.
Beauty tips: Wake up with puffy eyes? Potassium can reduce swelling around the eye area caused by higher levels of sodium. The mineral also aids in maintaining skin elasticity. Almond oil, which contains both potassium and magnesium, can be an important beauty tool against dark circles and blackheads.