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Survey Says: Magnesium Helps Smother Inflammation
Brought to you from the NEEDS Wellness Team

After sorting through data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), researchers observe that magnesium is crucial for reducing inflammation.

Between 1999 and 2000, the NHANES study elicited dietary information from over 10,000 participants, and researchers are continuing to examine the data to learn more about nutrient intake and health. This latest effort uncovers an inverse correlation between C-reactive protein (CRP) levels and magnesium intake via food and supplements. CRP is a marker for systemic inflammation, and is an important predictor for cardiovascular disease. Inflammation is also implicated as the underlying cause of various chronic diseases such as joint pain, cognitive decline, and cancer.
People in the NHANES study with a total magnesium intake (dietary plus supplements) below the RDA were found to be 40% more likely to have elevated CRP levels. Take into consideration that many physicians believe the RDA levels to be too low, and this may translate to an even stronger relationship between low magnesium levels and chronic inflammation.

It is not clear how magnesium minimizes inflammation. Scientists, however, do know that magnesium is a co-factor critical to many biochemical pathways, so it may be assumed that optimal functioning of metabolic pathways keeps inflammation in check.

Many Americans are deficient in magnesium, due to poor absorption, excess stress, or poor dietary choices. Magnesium's absorption can be improved by taking it in glycinate form, one of the best absorbing types. Metagenics' Magnesium Glycinate supplies 100 mg of magnesium per tablet. To determine how much magnesium your body needs, NEEDS Wellness Educators recommend starting with 2 tablets per day, and increasing gradually each day, until stools become loose, then reduce your daily dosage by one tablet.

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