magnesium is required by all cells to regulate the electric charge and flow of water molecules across the cell membrane. Magnesium plays a role in over 300 activities in the human body, including muscle contraction and relaxation, controlling heart beat, elasticity of the blood vessels, and helping to regulate blood pressure, decreasing anxiety, supporting optimal sleep, and improving restless leg syndrome.
Studies have shown that magnesium levels are also connected to our insulin levels; when insulin levels are high, more magnesium is excreted in the urine. As a result, studies have also shown that supplementing with magnesium has shown positive effects for diabetics in regards to both insulin and glucose levels.
Read more about this here: https://www.holistichealthnlife.com/magnesium-glucose-control-cardiovascular-health/
As a side note, diabetes and cardiovascular disease are closely linked in other areas too. In fact, some doctors call diabetes “early-stage cardiovascular disease” because all diabetics go on to develop cardiovascular related health issues if they allow their disease to progress. While magnesium is not a treatment or cure for either diabetes or cardiovascular disease, it is an important nutrient that this population in particular should be focusing on.
Magnesium can be found in foods such as salmon, dark chocolate, almonds, spinach, or cashews. Caffeinated drinks like coffee causes the body to excrete higher amounts of magnesium. Even if you consume magnesium rich foods regularly, supplementing with magnesium is reasonable for most people due to the range of health benefits.
*As always, this is not medical advice - consult your primary health care provider before starting any new supplement.
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