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Magnesium and bone health

Posted:  Tuesday, June 24, 2014

In this age of indoor activities and long hours behind a desk. We are barely getting the adequate amount of vitamin D3 and magnesium to keep the bones healthy. Brittle bones, aching joints and diminished bone health are things plaguing our present and future.

Science and regulatory bodies have collectively agreed that magnesium has the potential to improve bone health. The National Institute of Health (NIH) and The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has listed magnesium as one of the necessary minerals for more than 300 biochemical reactions and enzyme systems in the body. It is said to improve and maintain normal muscle and nerve function, maintaining a healthy heart rhythm as well as supporting a healthy immune system and maintaining bone health. The red hot mineral is essential to maintain blood sugar levels as well as manage your blood pressure. It also maintains the protein synthesis and reduces tiredness and fatigue; electrolyte balance; normal energy yielding metabolism; neurotransmission, and muscle contraction.

Benefits of Magnesium:

Magnesium is an essential co factor for the absorption of Vitamin D3 which improves bone health. And the potential economic benefits along with health benefits that magnesium supplements provide are helping the mineral gain prominence.

It has been suggested in an article by Frost & Sullivan and commissioned by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) foundation that taking magnesium supplements at preventive intake levels (100 mg per day for women 55 and over) has the potential of reducing the risk of getting osteoporosis related events by 6%, which is almost 69000 such events each year.

Sara Castiglioni from the University of Milan advised that, “Consequently, optimizing magnesium intake might represent an effective and low-cost preventive measure against osteoporosis in individuals with documented magnesium deficiency.”

“Magnesium supplementation is therefore important in the periadolescent group, given the suboptimal dietary magnesium intake documented in food surveys in western countries. It is also interesting that magnesium intake is an independent predictor of bone density in young elite swimmers.”

Magnesium as a Supplement:

There are many theories as well as data proving that magnesium is an essential mineral. A report in Nutrients derived that “[a]although the evidence is still fragmentary, most of the experimental and clinical data available in the literature point to magnesium as a contributor factor to bone health.

It is reported that 35% of bone mass of a mature adult is built-up during puberty. Building up bone density in the high risk menopausal years and the pubescent years along with a supplementation and an improved diet are the best methods of reducing the risk of osteoporosis and osteoporosis related events.

There are contradictory studies by a Women’s Health Initiative study advised that postmenopausal women who had taken more than the required amount of magnesium were related to higher risks of wrist fractures.

“These results are in keeping with some data showing that elevated magnesium might have harmful effects on osseous metabolism and parathyroid gland function, leading to mineralization defects,” wrote Castiglioni et al.