When we have good glucose control, we are insulin sensitive.
This means that after a meal we are able to transfer the blood glucose into the cells efficiently.
This is important for several reasons.
When we have high blood glucose levels, the glucose reacts with the protein in our tissue and causes glycosylated proteins.
This causes tissue damage, oxidative stress and inflammation, all risk factors for chronic disease.
If you are going to supplement with magnesium be sure to take a form which is well absorbed, like an amino acid chelate.
Magnesium in it’s most common and cheapest form, magnesium oxide, will in higher amounts cause diarrhea in addition to be purely absorbed.
An amino acid chelate will not do that.
It is also better to take the most important minerals together since they affect each other, and they are all important.
That is why it is important to do what we can to stay insulin sensitive and keep the blood glucose normal.
A low glycemic index/high nutrient diet and exercise are important and effective in accomplishing that.
There is, however, one simple thing you can do which also can help.
That’s what the following research investigated (Simental-Mendia LE, et al. 2016).
Magnesium was investigated to see if supplementation would make a difference in blood glucose control.
It was found that insulin sensitivity, as well as fasting blood glucose, were improved after 4 or more months with magnesium supplementation.
Magnesium is important for several hundred enzymatic functions in the body, so it affects a lot of things.
Simental-Mendía LE1, Sahebkar A2, Rodríguez-Morán M1, Guerrero-Romero F3. A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials on the effects of magnesium supplementation on insulin sensitivity and glucose control. Pharmacol Res. 2016 Sep;111:272-82. doi: 10.1016/j.phrs.2016.06.019. Epub 2016 Jun 18.
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