Magnesium: A Magic Mineral?
You’ve probably heard the recent buzz around magnesium – that it isn’t just essential for strong bones, but for a whole host of bodily functions! But is it really a magic mineral that solves sleep problems? Does it help you lose weight? Read on to find out more.
According to WebMd, it’s an essential mineral for pretty much everything. “Magnesium is required for the proper growth and maintenance of bones. Magnesium is also required for the proper function of nerves, muscles, and many other parts of the body. In the stomach, magnesium helps neutralize stomach acid and moves stools through the intestine.”
Studies show magnesium is an effective treatment for constipation, indigestion, heartburn and even seizures in women with pre-eclampsia. Research shows that eating more foods with magnesium in them is linked to a reduced risk of colon and potentially rectal cancer. What’s more? Eating a diet with more magnesium is linked with a reduced risk of developing diabetes in adults and overweight children.
Seems like magnesium could really be a magic mineral.
So, what’s the deal with magnesium and weight loss?
Because magnesium can boost your energy levels, it can help you crush your workouts. It also helps you reduce stress and improve the quality of your sleep. Both of these can affect your ability to lose weight – not getting enough sleep can increase stress levels and boost cortisol (which causes you to store fat).
PopSugar reported that ingesting magnesium from food sources rather than supplements was shown in a 2013 study to improve insulin resistance in nondiabetic participants with metabolic syndrome. PopSugar notes, “Insulin resistance promotes excess fat storage, especially in your belly area, so combating insulin resistance may lead to weight loss.”
- Helps reduce stress and cortisol in the body – check!
- Helps shut those eyes – check!
- Helps improve insulin resistance – check!
While there isn’t any research that directly links magnesium intake with weight loss like some magic mineral or weight loss pill, it is crucial to overall health. And if you’re healthier, it’s easier for your body to do what it does best (and maybe just maybe that’ll result in easier weight loss).
Fill your plate with whole foods that are full of fiber and magnesium. If you’re curious what your levels are, talk to your doc and get a test. Then you can decide under the consultation of your doctor if a supplement makes sense.