What Are the Benefits of Taking a Magnesium Supplement?

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What Are the Benefits of Taking a Magnesium Supplement?


The National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine estimates that as many as 80 per cent of the American population does not get enough magnesium on a daily basis. Magnesium is one of the most important charged minerals in your body. Magnesium is responsible for helping over 300 different reactions in the human body. These actions vary from small things, such as a muscle relaxing, to large functions, such as the actions of nerve cells. Magnesium is found in most foods you eat. However, many people lack the adequate amounts of magnesium needed for the body to work properly. This is when a magnesium supplement may be helpful.

Absorption of Minerals

Certain minerals that the body needs are harder to absorb than others. Taking a magnesium supplement may help the body absorb a greater amount of minerals, especially calcium and potassium.


Taking a magnesium supplement may help anyone suffering from diabetes. According to the Clinical, Research, and Laboratory News for Cardiologists, plasma levels of magnesium are much lower in those suffering from type I and type II diabetes. Taking a magnesium supplement may relieve some of the symptoms of diabetes by helping the mineral levels increase to a more healthy level.

For Women

According to Mildred S. Seelig's "The Magnesium Factor," magnesium has a host of benefits for women, especially women getting ready to go through menopause. Taking magnesium can help women with bone strength, premature labour problems, PMS symptoms, menopause symptoms, and may even lower your chances of eclampsia by 58 per cent.

Heart Health

A study by C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, in the journal "Circulation," states that magnesium can boost circulation in the body by encouraging blood vessels to open wider and let greater amounts of blood through. This can help lower blood pressure levels. The lower blood pressure levels help prevent artery damage, and may save you from heart disease, stroke, heart attack or even heart failure.

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