InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph.
Magnesium is a very important mineral that does wonderful things for our health. We cannot function without this nutrient, as it’s involved with hundreds of biochemical reactions that really dictate your health.†
The many functions of this mineral
Magnesium is important for sleep because it is difficult to release melatonin at night without it. Because of this, it can also affect bone building, immune system function and more.†
This mineral is also needed for daytime energy. When you eat food and inhale oxygen, you try to make a compound called ATP (adenosine triphosphate). This compound releases a phosphate group that is responsible for your energy. This energy is needed for seeing, thinking, breathing, walking and more. 90% of that energy is connected with magnesium.†
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Magnesium is also involved with balancing the blood sugar. The pancreas cannot effectively release insulin if you lack magnesium, making this mineral very important for diabetics. Unfortunately, diabetics lose this nutrient in their urine.†
New findings on magnesium
A report just came out of various academic institutions in Spain that looked at nutrient deficiencies that may jeopardize the health of female athletes. It was published in the Latin American Archives of Nutrition. They did a meta-analysis of a whole bunch of human clinical trials on female athletes spanning from 2012 to 2020. They found that there are specific problems that are common among elite female athletes. These issues have been dubbed the Female Athlete Triad Syndrome, which includes low energy levels, bone loss and missed periods.†
The study found that female athletes need higher levels of particular nutrients, including iron, Vitamin D, calcium, Vitamin B12 and magnesium. Of these nutrients, magnesium appears to be the most cause for concern, as this nutrient most often prevents deficits. It is especially important for athletes because it is needed for physical and mental energy, sleep, bone health and more.†
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In this episode, Jerry Hickey, Ph. details various studies indicating the importance of the mineral magnesium. He explains many of the roles this nutrient plays in the body and discusses other body systems that may be at risk if levels of magnesium are low.†
- Many of the roles magnesium plays in the body
- How certain nutrients and minerals work together
- Details on studies about magnesium
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