|Magnesium is involved in around 600 reactions including energy creation, protein formation, gene maintenance (create DNA and RNA), muscle movement and nervous system regulation (regulates neurotransmitters).
|You need 10-20% more magnesium during exercise as it helps to move blood sugar into your muscles and dispose of lactate. Studies show that magnesium supplements can improve performance of athletes, the elderly and those with chronic illness.
|Low levels of magnesium are linked to depression as it plays a critical role in brain function and mood. Magnesium supplements may reduce the symptoms of depression.
|Type 2 diabetes
|Low magnesium levels can impair insulin’s ability to control blood sugar levels. Magnesium supplements could reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
|High Blood Pressure
|Magnesium could lower blood pressure in patients with high blood pressure.
|Low magnesium is associated with chronic inflammation which drives the ageing process and can cause obesity and chronic illness. Magnesium supplements can reduce the inflammatory marker CRP as well as others, reducing inflammation in older adults, overweight patients and those with pre-diabetes.
|Some researchers believes that people are more likely to suffer from migraines if they are magnesium deficient so a magnesium supplement could prevent and treat migraines. It could potentially be used as a supplement to provide rapid relief from a migraine.
|Magnesium plays a role in the ability of muscle and liver cells to absorb sugar from our bloodstream therefore a deficiency in magnesium can increase the risk of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes as the patient may have an increased insulin resistance. A magnesium supplement can reduce insulin resistance.
|Magnesium supplements could alleviate symptoms associated with PMS, particularly mood and water retention.
|Magnesium is essential for healthy bone formation as it can increase bone density, improve bone crystal formation and reduce the risk of osteoporosis after menopause.
|Magnesium is involved in the maintenance of healthy muscle tissue which is especially important in the heart muscle. It is used as a treatment after a heart attack or during treatment of congestive heart failure to reduce the risk of arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm). It may also reduce a patients risk of having a stroke.