With Steve's family history of heart disease and migraines, and his own arrhythmia, magnesium is an important mineral around our house. Did you know that 42% of migraine sufferers are deficient in magnesium or that IV magnesium sulfate rapidly relieves headaches of all kinds?
I was talking to Tess last week and it was interesting to learn how many people land on our site when they are searching for magnesium. Perhaps it's mostly related to heart health research, as this is our biggest category.
My fascination with all things cellular these days has reminded me of the many benefits of magnesium, particularly for cell signalling and cell membrane integrity. Once I'm paying attention to anything, of course it shows up everywhere. And so it is with magnesium, the mineral that supports practically all things metabolic.
Today, I came across a recent article from the Archives of Internal Medicine that makes the case for higher intake of cereal fiber along with magnesium to lower risks of type 2 diabetes.
Then, there's the University of California, California Agriculture study (July-September 2007 issue) linking low magnesium intake and obesity with higher levels of asthma.
Older studies include correlations between low magnesium levels and the dreaded metabolic syndrome, depression, and more.
The Linus Pauling Institute states that marginal magnesium deficiencies may be more common than most people think:
"A large U.S. national survey indicated that the average magnesium intake for men (about 320 mg/day) and the average intake for women (about 230 mg/day) were significantly below the current recommended dietary allowance. Magnesium intakes were even lower in men and women over 70 years of age."
So, to all of you who found us through a magnesium search, may I say "thank you" for appreciating this little mineral with so much to offer.
To everyone else, I encourage you to check out the benefits of magnesium once again!