Magnesium is a key mineral in human metabolism. Magnesium is actually necessary for over 300 of the body’s chemical reactions. Unfortunately, the average American diet is filled with processed, magnesium-deficient foods. Increasingly, researchers have linked between poor magnesium nutrition to the risks of key chronic conditions.
Role of Magnesium in Health Support
1. Creates and Maintains Bone Integrity
Over half of a person’s magnesium is stored in the bone. Current research suggests that, along with magnesium-deficient diets, low magnesium may be a contributor to bone loss.
2. Enables Energy Production
Cells are responsible for energy production. Energy production sequences need magnesium. It acts as a “cofactor” for the enzymes, allowing energy production to happen. Low levels of magnesium may be one of the potential contributors to fatigue.
3. Maintains Nervous System Balance
Research indicates that low magnesium increases risk of depression. The increased risk is probably due to problematic brain cell receptors. There is evidence, as far back as 1921, to support that treatment with magnesium has an anti-depressant impact, suggesting that low magnesium can actually cause depression.
4. Enhances Control of Inflammation
Low magnesium diets are linked to a rise in undesirable inflammatory processes. This can lead to increased risk of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Restoring magnesium levels has been shown to normalize inflammation to healthier levels.
5. Enhances Control of Blood Sugar
Magnesium is a cofactor for more than 100 enzymes, used to control blood sugar and glucose metabolism. Research indicates worsening blood sugar control in people with low magnesium status. When magnesium level rise, blood sugar improvement occurs.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) set 400 milligrams of magnesium as the amount necessary on a daily basis. To obtain this amount, eat fewer processed foods and ingest more green leafy vegetables, seeds, legumes, nuts, and whole grains.
Try the following to help you increase your magnesium amounts quickly and easily:
- 2 oz. of cashew nuts and 2 cups of boiled spinach
- 2 oz. pumpkin seeds, 2 oz. cashews, and 2 oz. of almonds
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