Nutritional experts have long advised the importance of dietary magnesium to the body. Yet given the modern milieu that tends to cause people too much stress and also makes them reach for magnesium-depleting foodstuff, a major lifestyle and dietary revamp is imperative.
Recently, experts shared their findings that may prompt people to incorporate the super mineral magnesium into their diets. Dr. Xuexian Fang from Zhengzhou University in China confirmed the link between dietary magnesium and chronic disease.
Dr. Fang and his team looked at the data from 40 studies published from 1999 to 2016 and involving over a million people across nine countries. The researchers affirmed that people who had sufficient levels of magnesium in their diets (that may come from eating not just leafy green vegetables but also nuts, fish, and whole-grain foods, to name some) were 10 percent less likely to develop heart disease, 12 percent less likely to have a stroke and 26 percent less likely to develop diabetes.
A Widespread Health Problem
There are many reasons why magnesium deficiency has become widespread across the world. Dr. Carolyn Dean, who is not part of the abovementioned study but has studied magnesium and its effects for over a decade, noted how people who are alarmed at seeing symptoms of mineral deficiency pop medications before turning to a cabinet full of supplements.
Her takeaway message is that being aware, early on, of preventive health strategies can save people a lot of problems down the road. Knowing what causes us to deplete our levels of magnesium, for instance (be it stress, drinking alcohol in excess, eating sugary food every day, or an unhealthy digestive system) may help us take charge of our health.
As Dr. Dean wrote in her book Magnesium Miracle, “Clearly there is more to life than magnesium” but being in the know can help curb progressing of symptoms into debilitating illnesses. Indeed, realizing that magnesium deficiency may spur the onset of at least 22 medical conditions may be motivation enough – for the health conscious.
Most people may say it is their body and they choose to eat what they want to eat or live for the moment. Guiding other members of the family to eat well with the end in view of helping them avoid an impaired ability to absorb essential minerals like magnesium can have huge payoffs you may not want to ignore.
The Original Chill Pill
Studies done through the years point to how individuals suffering from major depression were aided in their recovery with doctor-advised magnesium treatment. The very symptoms of lack of magnesium — from headaches, irritability, muscle cramps, depression, and seizures –may possibly be eased with a magnesium-rich diet and proper therapy.
The wonders of ingesting the right dosage of magnesium also extend to prevention of age-related loss of muscle mass and strength. That spells good news for fitness buffs (and those prone to falls and fractures) who are able to stick to a magnesium-rich diet.
Increase in Muscle Mass and Leg Power
As Dr. Rhonda Patrick, a biomedical science expert, tweeted, “Magnesium intake higher than 250 mg/day associated with a 24% increase in leg power & 2.7% increase in muscle mass.” Dr. Patrick referred to a study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. The study, conducted by UK researchers, uncovered a significant positive association between dietary magnesium and indices of skeletal muscle mass and leg explosive power.