We have known for a long time how important magnesium is, but it may not be common knowledge that it affects so many things.

Magnesium is involved in numerous enzymatic reactions in the body which you may have heard, and one of them is the energy metabolism.

I have earlier written about magnesium being important for bone formation.

You may however not have heard about the importance of magnesium in the conditions investigated in this study.

When 15,248 participants between the age of 45 and 65 years were investigated, it was found that blood levels of magnesium was significantly lower in the participants with cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes than those without these conditions (Ma J, et al. 1995).

Dietary magnesium intake was inversely associated with fasting insulin, HDL (high density lipoprotein) and systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

The carotid artery wall thickness was also increased in women with decreased blood levels of magnesium.

This means that they had more deposits in their blood vessels.

You don’t want to get fragile bones, and you certainly don’t want to get any of the other conditions mentioned above.

Another thing to consider is that the food contains less magnesium due to soil conditions, than it used to.

When you supplement with magnesium, it is better to take it with other important minerals, and an amino acid chelate like magnesium glycinate makes it a lot easier for your body to utilize it.

Ma J1, Folsom AR, Melnick SL, Eckfeldt JH, Sharrett AR, Nabulsi AA, Hutchinson RG, Metcalf PA. Associations of serum and dietary magnesium with cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, insulin, and carotid arterial wall thickness: the ARIC study. Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study. J Clin Epidemiol. 1995 Jul;48(7):927-40.

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  • Author: Didrik Sopler
  • Published: 2020-03-28
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