Health Benefits of Magnesium – Research Review

Huffington Post – While 99 percent of the magnesium in the body is located in bone, muscular tissue and soft tissues, its occurrence is also found within cells, where it helps stabilize enzymes responsible for vital functions like muscle contraction, glucose utilization and the synthesis of fat, protein and nucleic acids (1). Its wide range of benefits to the body makes it one of the most important minerals to consume, yet it is rarely talked about as an essential nutrient. Why is this the case?

Many people overlook magnesium because of an assumption that we consume enough of it through food. Though magnesium is found in leafy green vegetables, seeds, tree nuts and grains, our digestive tracts don’t always fully absorb it, especially if you have a bacterial gut imbalance or digestive problems. Therefore, many Americans live with a deficiency they’re not even aware of. (1)

Recent scientific research has pointed towards the many positive benefits of magnesium in supplement form in correlation with medical conditions that have negative or painful side effects. Could magnesium have the potential to help sufferers of hypertension, chronic migraines, anxiety, fatigue and more?

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1. Jahnen-dechent W, Ketteler M. Magnesium basics. Clin Kidney J. 2012;5(Suppl 1):i3-i14.


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