A surprising number of people are unaware of the place that metals play in a healthy diet and a healthy body. They aren’t aware that, like any other vitamin or mineral, a number of metals are fundamental to healthy chemical processes in the body.
One metal, in particular, may surprise you in how it affects the human body. Some people think about magnesium for its flammable properties and uses in flares or for its use in manufacturing automobiles and electronics. In fact, magnesium is the third most commonly used structural metal behind behind iron and aluminum. However, you may not know that magnesium, specifically a deficiency in magnesium in the body, “has now been linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes as well as coronary heart disease and sudden cardiac death.”
However, there is good news about this information, too. Lori Alton writes,
“Research shows magnesium supplementation could decrease the risk of diabetes. A study out of China’s Nantong University reviewed results of 19 studies focusing on the effects of supplemental magnesium and type 2 diabetes. Results of the meta-analysis published inBiomedical and Environmental Sciences adds to existing evidence in support of a link between higher magnesium intake and a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
“In reviewing results of 19 studies, the researchers found that 25,252 out of 539,735 study subjects developed type 2 diabetes over follow-up periods that ranged from four to 20 years. High intake of magnesium was linked to a 23 percent lower diabetes risk compared to low intake. Increasing magnesium intake by 100 mg per day was associated with a 16 percent reduction in diabetes risk.
“Researchers conducting the review noted that trials show magnesium supplementation improves insulin sensitivity. It also reduces insulin resistance and plasma fasting-glucose levels in both diabetics and non-diabetics.”
On the heart disease side, similar results have been found. Again, Alton notes,
“In a study published as part of the Rotterdam Study, The Netherlands, in the Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers reported a link between higher magnesium, and a lowered risk of coronary heart disease and sudden cardiac death.
“Researchers evaluated data from 9,820 men and women aged 55 and older. They found that 2,303 deaths had occurred by a follow-up with median of 8.9 years post- study, with 780 of those caused by cardiovascular disease and 431 classified as coronary heart disease deaths. Of those affected, 187 fell victim to sudden cardiac death.
“In subjects whose serum magnesium was categorized as low, researchers discovered a 36 percent higher risk of coronary heart disease mortality as well as a 54 percent higher risk of sudden cardiac death when compared to those who had mid-range levels of magnesium. Their findings suggest magnesium supplementation can be effective in reducing the burden of coronary heart disease mortality as well as sudden cardiac death.”
Besides these two incredible benefits, magnesium has other health benefits to the nervous system and maintaining positive emotional health.
Unfortunately, with the processing of food so common in our food supply these days, it can be difficult to ingest an adequate supply of magnesium through diet alone, so supplementation may be worth considering.