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Amazing Magnesium: The Mineral Glue You Need for Self-Development (Part 1)

Imagine going into your 9-to-5 office job early in the morning. You’re not yet at your desk to clock-in, phones are ringing off the hook and your early-bird coworker starts a meaningless conversation with you that has nothing to do with work. You haven’t had coffee or breakfast because you were running late to get to the office in time. You finally clock-in, pick up the phone and the first caller of the day is blaming you for something that frankly isn’t your fault. For some of you, this is reality, and you can already feel the exhaustion and migraine coming in just thinking about it.

You may be asking: Ok, what does that have to do with magnesium? It is the magical mineral you need on a stressful day. You can say it’s like glue to help keep yourself together, mentally and physically. We all are familiar with magnesium. But why is it important for your self-development and personal growth? In this blog, we will discuss 3 benefits of Magnesium.

1. What Does Magnesium Do for the Heart?

Typically, a healthy blood pressure is no more than 120/80 mmHg (systolic blood pressure over diastolic blood pressure).  If these numbers increase above what is normal for your body for a consistent amount of time, you’re experiencing high blood pressure, or hypertension.  This may lead to other health problems, such as heart disease and stroke.  To date, studies have shown that magnesium supplementation lowers blood pressure by roughly 3 mmHG systolic and 2 mmHG diastolic (1).  Moreover, a diet containing magnesium, potassium and calcium will significantly decrease the risk of high blood pressure.  According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), any food that claim to reduce high blood pressure must have at least 84mg of magnesium per serving and no more than 350 mg for dietary supplements

2. Is Magnesium Good for Diabetics?

Significant connections between low dietary magnesium intake and high risk of Type 2 diabetes can be found in many scientific literatures (2). By 2007, a meta-analysis of 7 studies, involving 286,668 patients and 10,912 cases of diabetes over a course of 6 to 17 years of follow up, has determined that a 100 mg/day increase in total magnesium intake decreased risk of diabetes by statistically 15%. Of course, the intake of magnesium in these studies was from food alone or food and dietary supplement of magnesium (3).

3. Helps Prevents the Onset of Osteoporosis

Magnesium has been proven to increase bone density. One study shows that an intake of 290 mg of magnesium citrate per day for 30 days has decreased bone loss in 20 post-menopausal women with osteoporosis. Although more research is needed, diets that provide recommended levels of magnesium can enhance bone health (4).

In conclusion: Magnesium can make your difficult days go by a little easier. As we’ve learned, it lowers high blood pressure due to stress and helps us practice good eating habits with the right amount of magnesium, lowering the risk of diabetes and poor bone health. But this “mineral glue” does way more and is a valuable tool for anyone looking to unlock their potential. In my next blog, I will discuss more benefits that magnesium has to offer and how it can help you on your journey of self-development.

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