Magnesium is a mineral with a major role in the metabolism of glucose, the production of cellular energy, and the manufacture of protein.
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body. More than 3,750 magnesium-binding sites have been detected on human proteins, and it’s required for more than 300 different enzymes in your body. It seems Magnesium may be the magic mineral that cure almost all our ills.
Here are the benefits:
1. Diabetes: Adequate intake of magnesium from food plus dietary supplement has significant improvement in waist circumference, systolic blood pressure, and HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol. A research team led by Yanni Papanikolaou (France), and colleagues assessed data collected on subjects, ages 20 years and older, enrolled in the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 2001-2010.
The study authors concluded that: “there is a beneficial relationship between dietary magnesium intake and
diabetes-related physiological outcomes.”
Magnesium intake may actually go a long way toward improving your condition, or warding off insulin resistance and diabetes, and also prediabetics with the highest magnesium intake may reduce their risk for blood sugar and metabolic problems by 71 percent.
2. Cardiovascular Disease — A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which was done on 241,378 participants, found a diet high in magnesium could reduce the risk of a stroke by 8 percent. Another study found that increasing magnesium through diet decreased the risk of a heart attack by 38 percent. Magnesium helps to dilate and relax your blood vessels. Low levels of this critical mineral, causes blood vessels to constrict more, resulting in higher blood pressure. Therefore magnesium does control blood pressure
3. Fibromyalgia — A study published in Magnesium Research examined how magnesium may improve outcomes for fibromyalgia. The research indicated that increasing magnesium consumption reduced pain and tenderness and also improved immune blood markers.
4. Sleep Troubles – Did you know magnesium levels drop in your body at night? That means if you’re low in magnesium you may have trouble sleeping! So many of us have difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep. Low magnesium levels may be a contributing factor as it plays such a key role in the function of your central nervous system.
5. Constipation – If your digestive system isn’t quite working as well as usual it may be because of magnesium. Your intestines tend to contract more when you’re low in magnesium, making it harder for waste to pass through. Ensuring you have enough magnesium is important for your bowels for two key reasons. One, it it helps relax your bowels, and two, it pulls water into your bowels creating an osmotic effect that makes passing waste easier.
6. Pancreatic Cancer – One 8-year study of 60, 806 participants released in December of 2015 shows promise in using magnesium to prevent pancreatic cancer. For those at a higher risk of pancreatic cancer, adding a magnesium supplement to their diet may prove beneficial in preventing this disease. People should get the daily recommendations of magnesium through diet, such as dark, leafy greens or nuts.
7. Alzheimer’s – The mineral can help rebuild weak nerve synapses and even help restore lost memory. Scientific studies show magnesium deficiency contributes to declines in cognitive function, especially in older patients. A 2010 animal study published in Alzheimer’s Weekly showed that increasing magnesium levels improved both short- and long-term memory.
Finally, another study conducted by Italian researching and published in Magnesium Research examined magnesium levels in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s. They found that those with the lowest levels of magnesium had the poorest cognitive function.