5 Health Benefits of Consistent Magnesium Intake
Are you getting enough magnesium in your diet? If you are like, well, nearly everyone else, you probably could use more. Research shows that 80% of adults are not getting enough magnesium from their diets. This means that many Australians could benefit from magnesium supplements. Let’s look at what magnesium is, and some of the major health benefits of magnesium.
What is magnesium?
Magnesium is a naturally occurring mineral. It is very common and found throughout the world in everything from the soil itself to animals, plants, and humans. As Healthline explains, “every cell in your body contains it and needs it to function.” So, as you can tell, it’s a problem that so many of us aren’t getting enough magnesium!
The Australian government lists foods that are high in Magnesium, including “leafy green vegetables — such as spinach — legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.”
There are many benefits to consistent magnesium intake. Here are five:
Magnesium can reduce anxiety
There is much research to show that magnesium may help fight anxiety. In 2017, a rather monumental study at the University of Leeds undertook a review of 18 major studies on the effects of magnesium on anxiety, and found that, collectively, the studies demonstrated that there are significant anxiety benefits from magnesium (they also found that more research was needed to cunfirm findings). Furthermore, Healthline says that “supplementing with [magnesium] may help reduce symptoms of depression — and in some cases, the results can be dramatic.” This is particularly true of magnesium glycinate.
Magnesium can reduce inflammation
If the anxiety benefits of magnesium are still subjective, there is no disputing the status of magnesium as an anti-inflammatory. Citing a number of high-profile studies, Healthline concludes that there is strong evidence that magnesium supplements can help reduce inflammation, and the marker of inflammation, in adults and children.
Magnesium can increase energy
As we’ve discussed before in our blog, magnesium generally, and magnesium malate (a combination of magnesium and malic acid) is “a naturally occurring substance that aids in energy production during both aerobic and anaerobic activities.”
Magnesium can help regulate blood sugar
There have been a number of studies that demonstrate that magnesium can be a big help in regulating blood sugar. One such study, archived on PubMed, found that magnesium helped both insulin sensitivity and metabilic glucose control.
Magnesium can soothe menstrual cramps and other premenstrual symptoms
Magnesium can so a long way to relieving premenstrual symptoms, including cramps, bloating, and more. On our blog, we’ve detailed before how magnesium malate is often “recommended for women suffering from fibromyalgia, PMS and migraines.”
What are the best magnesium supplements?
That’s a great question. Simply put, the best magnesium supplements are the ones that include the type of magnesium compound designed to treat what ails you. There are over a dozen popular compounds, each designed to target a range of different symptoms.
Whether you need magnesium for anxiety, or magnesium for energy, there is a supplement for you!