Magnesium plays many essential roles in the human body. It is mostly referred to as the mineral you take when you have tight muscles or cramps.
Magnesium and Blood SugarNaturopaths and nutritionists have known for a while now that this mineral also plays a very important role in the management of blood sugar levels. Insulin resistance is a condition that develops in many people as a result of a simple carbohydrate rich diet and lack of exercise. It is a warning sign of potential Type 2 diabetes. Insulin resistance occurs when your body's cells start to respond less efficiently to the insulin, which is trying to usher in blood sugar to feed the cells. Reduced insulin sensitivity is another way of saying insulin resistance.
Magnesium looks promising for Insulin ResistanceA study* was carried out to determine whether orally administered magnesium supplementation could improve insulin sensitivity in non-diabetic people.
- Subjects were those who had existing insulin resistance and also low serum magnesium levels.
- Subjects were split into two groups. One group received 2.5g daily of magnesium chloride and the other group a placebo for 3 months.