Magnesium is an essential mineral that is involved in numerous bodily functions. It is required for the formation of healthy bones, the regulation of heart function, the maintenance of healthy blood sugar levels, and the promotion of healthy sleep patterns, among many other functions. Despite its importance, many people do not consume enough magnesium in their diets. In this article, we will explore the seven reasons why it is important to ensure that a person gets enough magnesium daily.
Supports healthy bone structure
Magnesium is required for the formation of healthy bones, as it plays an important role in regulating the absorption and metabolism of calcium. Studies have shown that magnesium deficiency is associated with an increased risk of osteoporosis, a condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile. A meta-analysis of 23 cohort studies involving more than 600,000 participants found that magnesium intake was inversely associated with the risk of hip fractures in women, indicating that higher magnesium intake may help to prevent bone fractures (1).
Magnesium also plays a role in regulating the activity of bone-building cells called osteoblasts. A study in rats found that magnesium supplementation increased the activity of osteoblasts and improved bone density (2). Another study in postmenopausal women found that magnesium supplementation increased bone mineral density and improved bone turnover markers (3). These findings suggest that magnesium supplementation may be beneficial for maintaining healthy bone structure.
Improves heart health
Magnesium is involved in the regulation of heart function, including the rhythm of the heartbeat and the maintenance of healthy blood pressure levels. A meta-analysis of 22 prospective cohort studies involving more than one million participants found that higher magnesium intake was associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease (4). The study also found that magnesium supplementation was associated with a reduction in blood pressure.
Magnesium is also involved in the production of energy within the heart muscle. A study in rats found that magnesium supplementation improved the function of the mitochondria, which are responsible for energy production within cells (5). Another study in humans found that magnesium supplementation improved exercise tolerance in patients with heart failure (6). These findings suggest that magnesium supplementation may be beneficial for improving heart health.
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