3 Ways Magnesium Can Improve Blood Sugar Levels

exerciseBlood sugar regulation is important, so we don’t develop metabolic imbalances which can damage our tissues, increase our hunger hormones, deprive cells of energy and ultimately lead to weight gain and more serious conditions such as diabetes (type 2).

Magnesium is a very important mineral directly involved in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels by regulating the action of insulin, a hormone that lowers your blood sugar. Eating too many sugary foods can increase the body’s insulin as it tries to control the sometimes dangerous amounts of sugar entering the blood.

Chronic elevated insulin causes our cells to become less sensitive, resulting in ‘insulin resistance’ a health condition which can ultimately lead to type 2 diabetes.

  3 Ways Magnesium helps improve blood sugar metabolism

 1.   Magnesium helps lower blood sugar levels.

Magnesium encourages the up-take of sugar into the cells; where it can be used for producing energy.

 2.   Magnesium may improve the insulin sensitivity of cells.

Research indicates that magnesium plays a role in activating insulin-sensing proteins, improving the cells sensitivity to insulin.

 3.   Magnesium helps lower insulin levels.

Research clearly shows that Magnesium supplementation can lower fasting insulin levels and that Magnesium deficiency associated with a higher insulin levels and insulin resistance.

In a very recent study published in The Journal of Nutrition, researchers looked at over 52,000 people in 15 different studies, which confirmed that a higher intake of Magnesium resulted in lower fasting blood sugar and lower fasting insulin levels.

Choosing the right form of Magnesium with clinically proven bioavailability is important. Your healthcare professional can assess your Magnesium Status to prescribe the correct therapeutic dose of Magnesium.

To find out more about your Magnesium levels and the benefits of Magnesium, you can start with the online Magnesium Minute Survey.



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