Calcium isn’t the only nutrient to think about if you want to strengthen your bones. Most of the magnesium in your body is stored in your bones and muscles. If you want them to be strong and healthy, getting adequate magnesium is critical.

Magnesium is required for more than 300 biochemical reactions in your body. A new study published in the journal Nutrients has found a strong relationship between intake of magnesium and bone and muscle health.

The researchers made the following statement: “Our research has found positive associations between greater intakes of dietary magnesium and grip strength, indices of skeletal muscle mass, and bone mineral density in men and women in middle and older age groups. These findings are of potential clinical significance when compared with the annual losses of bone mineral density and skeletal muscle with age”.

Magnesium does so many wonderful things for your body. It helps to relax your muscles and nervous system, relieves cramps and muscle pain; improves sleep quality and stress coping abilities; improves blood sugar control and insulin resistance. Magnesium is very important for athletes, people who exercise regularly or those with physically demanding jobs. It helps with muscle recovery and reduces soreness after exercise.

It is very difficult to obtain enough magnesium because so many factors deplete your body of this amazing mineral. A large number of medications reduce your magnesium level; the biggest offenders are antacids, acid blockers, hormonal contraception and diuretics. Taking a magnesium supplement should help; however, a lot of poor quality supplements are hard on the stomach and can cause digestive upset. Magnesium Complete tablets and Magnesium Ultra Potent powder are gentle on the digestive system.

It is also important to remember that stress and anxiety deplete your body of magnesium, as the stress hormone cortisol causes urinary loss of this mineral. Digestive problems such as celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome and leaky gut reduce magnesium absorption, therefore a supplement is essential in those cases.

For more information on this amazing mineral, see Dr Cabot's Magnesium book.


The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.