Most of us are aware of magnesium. But fewer of us know just how many magnificent benefits it has for our bodies. Let’s explore the benefits of this oft-overlooked nutrient.
As a nation, we’re slowly but surely getting better at understanding nutrition. We’re coming to understand the importance of carefully balanced macronutrients like fats, protein and carbohydrates. Most of us are aware of the importance of certain vitamins and minerals in our general health and in supporting various important bodily functions. We know to buy foods in which they are naturally concentrated and buy supplements where we can’t. Yet, there are some important nutrients that still don’t quite get the recognition that they deserve.
Take magnesium for instance. You’ve heard of it, no doubt but do you know what it does for your body? If you don’t, fear not because you’re far from alone. This underappreciated nutrient may not have the same PR team as, say, iron or vitamin B12 but it has a wide range of clearly evidenced benefits for body and brain health. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of just 10 evidence-based health benefits of magnesium…
1 – Magnesium helps keeps bones healthy
Many of us, especially while we are still young, can take our bone health for granted. But as we age, our bones can become more porous and brittle if we do not take care of them properly. Magnesium is essential for bone formation, healing broken bones and helping bones to maintain their density. In fact, 60% of the magnesium in our bodies is found in our bones.
Magnesium is responsible for the proper functioning of hundreds of enzymes. Among some of its vital functions are the assimilation of calcium into the bones and the activation of vitamin D in the kidneys, which is also essential for healthy bones.
2 – It can give you a boost at the gym
Feel like you’re hitting a wall in your exercise regimen? This can be extremely frustrating. But before you pound protein shakes and load up on creatine, consider instead upping your intake of foods high in magnesium like sunflower seeds, almonds, dark chocolate or shellfish.
Magnesium fulfills a number of functions which are essential for exercise. It helps convert food into energy, it aids nervous system function including the relaxation and contraction of muscles and it helps to create proteins out of amino acids (the building blocks of proteins).
3- It can help reduce your risk of diabetes
Diabetes is one of the most serious and increasingly common health risks in the developed world. Fortunately, magnesium can help to keep diabetes at bay. It plays a key role in the metabolism of glucose and carbohydrates to stabilize blood sugar levels.
Several studies have demonstrated a link between a higher magnesium intake and lower risk of diabetes. Indeed, a study that followed more than 4,000 people for 20 years found that subjects with the highest magnesium intake were up to 47% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes
4 – It can keep the blues at bay
In an increasingly hectic and stressful world, depression seems an increasingly common consequence of modern living. Magnesium plays a key role in brain function and mood stability and a low dietary intake of magnesium has been linked to an increased risk of depression.
One study of over 8,800 people found that people under the age of 65 (who has the lowest magnesium intake) had a 22% greater risk of depression.
5 – It has anti-inflammatory properties
Many of the most serious diseases we face in the modern world are related in some way or another to inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s natural reaction to a number of adverse circumstances but when our bodies are constantly inflamed (chronic inflammation) it can lead to a number of potentially serious health issues. Medical science has linked chronic inflammation with a range of health issues including;
- Peptic ulcers
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Crohn’s disease
Chronic inflammation can also accelerate the aging process and increase our risk of obesity. Low magnesium intake has been linked to chronic inflammation but increasing your levels of dietary magnesium can reduce even chronic inflammation.
6 – No more migraines
Migraine headaches have also been linked by some researchers to magnesium deficiency. A migraine headache is far more intensely painful than a normal headache and can also result in nausea, dizziness and vomiting. Magnesium supplements and a magnesium rich diet can help to prevent migraines and can even be used in the treatment of migraines.
7 – It relieves premenstrual symptoms
Call it PMT (Premenstrual Tension) or call it PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome), whatever you call it, it’s a commonly experienced phenomenon in women of childbearing age. It tends to result in abdominal cramps, bloating caused by water retention and irritability. It altogether makes periods and exhausting and uncomfortable experience for women. Fortunately, studies have shown that magnesium can reduce water retention and improve mood in premenstrual women.
8 – It relieves anxiety
As well as depression, anxiety is one of the most common psychological disorders in the modern world. At its worst anxiety can be crippling and debilitating. Fortunately, magnesium has been linked not only to reduced risk of depression but to a reduction in anxiety too.
9- It keeps calcium where it should be
We grow up believing that calcium is an important nutrient… And in all fairness it is. But it can also lead to a number of health risks. A high intake of calcium can result in harmful calcification of the arteries and also lead to painful kidney stones. Magnesium helps to keep calcium where it should be… In your bones.
10 – It helps to promote heart health
In an era where heart disease is one of the biggest killers in the developed world, it behoves us all to do what we can to keep our hearts healthy. Studies have shown that a healthy magnesium intake has been linked to a reduced risk of high blood pressure (hypertension) as well as a reduced risk of fatty buildup on the walls of the arteries.
This means that magnesium can be a powerful weapon against heart disease, heart attacks and strokes. Doctors at Age Immune recommend taking magnesium in conjunction with Vitamin B Complex, thus Brilliant B Plus helps you address all issues listed above and much more.