Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body. It is critical for learning processes, the formation of neuronal connections and in memory.
According to Healthline*, the benefits of magnesium, are:
“Increased Exercise Performance
Magnesium plays role in exercise performance. During exercise, people may need 10–20% more magnesium than when they are resting, depending on the activity. Studies have shown that supplementing with magnesium can boost exercise performance for athletes, the elderly and people with chronic disease.
Reduced Depression Symptoms
Magnesium plays a critical role in brain function and mood, and low levels are linked to an increased risk of depression. One analysis in over 8,800 people found that people under the age of 65 with the lowest magnesium intake had a 22% greater risk of depression. In one randomised controlled trial in depressed older adults, 450 mg of magnesium daily improved mood as effectively as an antidepressant drug.
Reduced Blood Sugar
One study which followed more than 4,000 people for 20 years found that those with the highest magnesium intake were 47% less likely to develop diabetes. Another study showed that people with type 2 diabetes taking high doses of magnesium each day experienced significant improvements in blood sugar and haemoglobin.
Lower Blood Pressure
According to research, low magnesium intake is linked to chronic inflammation, which is one of the drivers of aging, obesity and chronic disease. One study shows that magnesium supplements can reduce the markers of inflammation in older adults, overweight people and those with prediabetes.
PubMed.gov. Effects of Magnesium depletion on inflammation in chronic disease. Available at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25023192/.
* Healthline content has been edited for brevity. For the full description, including sources, please visit: 10 Evidence Based Health Benefits of Magnesium on Healthline.com.
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