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Magnesium Associated With Lower Metabolic Syndrome Risk

Magnesium is known to have extensive health benefits and yet approximately 75% of the US population is not meeting the recommended daily dietary intake of magnesium. A recent study suggests that increasing magnesium intake could lower the risk of metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors associated with increased risk of coronary artery disease, stroke and type-2 diabetes. Those risk factors include high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, abdominal obesity, high fasting blood sugar and high blood pressure.

For this study, researchers examined data from six studies that included 24,473 people and 6,311 cases of metabolic syndrome. The average daily magnesium intake for the all study participants ranged from 117 mg to 423 mg. After examining all of the data, the researchers found that the people who had the highest average dietary intake of magnesium were 31% less likely to develop metabolic syndrome than people who had the lowest average intake.

They also found that every 100 mg increase in magnesium intake was associated with a 17% reduction in the risk of developing metabolic syndrome.

Researchers from Indiana University and Jikei University (Japan) conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on October 15, 2014, in Diabetic Medicine.

Magnesium is necessary for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Previous studies have found that higher intakes of magnesium may reduce the risk of diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and osteoporosis.

Eating more magnesium rich foods such as green leafy vegetables, meats, starches, grains, nuts and milk is one way to increase your magnesium intake. Taking a supplement is also a good option.

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