Many women are not getting enough magnesium; caffeine and stress burn it up and we also sweat it out. And when you look at the benefits of magnesium, it’s well worth making sure you get your full fix!
If you are struggling to lose a few pounds it could be because your magnesium levels are out of whack. This mineral plays an important role in the metabolism of carbohydrates and glucose.
It also helps regulate insulin levels – for people who have too much insulin in their bodies it can lead to weight gain. For this reason, studies have looked into how more magnesium could reduce diabetes risk. A 2013 study found an association between high intakes of magnesium and an improvement in circulating insulin and blood glucose levels.
Because magnesium plays a part in muscle contractions, it stands to reason it can help with premenstrual cramping. But it’s not just tummy and back pain which can be relieved when our bodies have sufficient magnesium. Other symptoms including bloating, insomnia, leg swelling and breast tenderness have been found to be reduced.
In a study that involved 192 women taking 400 mg of magnesium daily for PMS, 95 percent experienced less breast pain and had less weight gain, 89 percent suffered less nervous tension, and 43 percent had fewer headaches.
“Just because you are a woman does not mean you have to suffer through these symptoms. Taking magnesium supplements is the solution for PMS,” advises Carolyn Dean, magnesium expert and member of the Nutritional Magnesium Association.
It’s hard to believe a mineral can have a serious impact on our mental health, but as magnesium is needed for optimum brain function it’s no surprise. Low magnesium levels have been shown to cause increased levels of anxiety and alter our ability to cope with stress.
Magnesium is used by the parts of our brain which are responsible for mood levels – to the extent a clinical study found that proper levels of magnesium are shown to be just as effective as a popular antidepressant!
When we think of building strong bones, we think of calcium. But there is now evidence that magnesium is crucial to bone health. It actually helps process the calcium into the bone and activates another bone booster, vitamin D. Increasingly magnesium deficiency is being linked with being a risk factor for osteoporosis since it’s a disorder characterized by weak bones and an increased risk of fractures.
As always, please remember that this article is meant to educate and entertain and is no substitute for medical advice. If you are concerned about your magnesium intake or would like some more information please seek advice from your doctor or a health professional.