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Health Benefits of Magnesium

July 26th, 2016

Learn why your body needs more magnesium and how to get it.

As one of the seven essential macro minerals (which simply means that a relatively large amount is needed by living organisms), magnesium is essential for overall health. In fact, magnesium plays an important role in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. This mineral is needed for protein synthesis, DNA and RNA synthesis, muscle and nerve function, food metabolism, and much more.

Four of magnesium’s biggest health benefits are:

Heart Health: Since magnesium is necessary for muscle function, it should come as no surprise that you need magnesium to keep your heart healthy. Magnesium also supports the transmission of electrical signals in the body to help regulate your heartbeat. Recent research has even found a correlation between healthy magnesium levels, improved blood flow, and reduced blood pressure.

Bone Health: Magnesium is essential for strong, healthy bones. In fact, about 50 to 60% of the magnesium in a healthy adult’s body should be found in the bones. Magnesium helps promote the assimilation of calcium into bone. It also plays a role in activating Vitamin D (another important nutrient for healthy bones) in the kidneys. Healthy magnesium intake is especially important for menopausal women who may be at risk for osteoporosis.

Blood Sugar Control: Getting plenty of magnesium in your diet supports healthy carbohydrate and glucose metabolism, which can reduce the risk of diabetes and related medical conditions. According to several studies, for every 100 mg/day of magnesium consumed, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes will decrease by about 15%.

Balanced Hormones: Increasing magnesium intake can reduce many of the symptoms of hormone imbalance. In particular, magnesium helps to regulate cortisol production, which will positively benefit all of your hormones.

What Else?

In addition to the benefits listed above, magnesium has been shown provide the following benefits:

  • Acts as anti-inflammatory
  • Relieves muscle aches, spasms, and cramps
  • Promotes sleep and relieves Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Fuels cellular energy
  • Reduces oxidative stress
  • Calms nerves and anxiety
  • Prevents migraine headaches

Are You Getting Enough Magnesium?

A recent study shows that a whopping 68% of Americans do not consume the government’s minimum daily requirement for magnesium. By some estimates, that number should be more like 80%.

It can be difficult to get enough magnesium from food, but you’ll do best by sticking to natural, unrefined foods, since food processing can reduce magnesium content significantly.

It’s also helpful to avoid the following: carbonated beverages, refined sugar, caffeine, and excess alcohol consumption.

Are you wondering if you might be magnesium deficient? Just let us know, and we can have your levels checked.

What About Magnesium Supplements?

If you are concerned about your magnesium intake, and prefer not to spend all day analyzing your diet, Magnesium Supplements are a good way to ensure you’re getting enough of this essential mineral.

However, it’s important to choose a quality supplement that contains bioavailable forms of the magnesium. This means taking a “chelated” form of magnesium. Chelates are organic compounds attached to a mineral which result in a stable structure that can be more readily absorbed by the body. Renew Youth’s™ Triple Magnesium supplement contains three important chelated forms of magnesium for optimal absorption, and is 3rd party tested for potency and purity of ingredients.

To learn more or to order our Triple Magnesium supplement, please call 800-859-7511.

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