Updated 15 January 2015

New research on magnesium

Magnesium is a mineral stored in your body tissues. It plays a role in more than 300 enzyme reactions within your body and experts agree that, due to our Western diets, most people are deficient of this important mineral.

In diabetics, a deficiency of magnesium has been linked to heart disease, kidney problems and nerve damage.

Diabetics whose low blood sugar makes them feel faint or lightheaded may also benefit from magnesium supplements.

Magnesium supplements may also reduce the risk of heart disease and sudden heart attack.

Women who suffer from painful periods may experience pain relief by taking magnesium in combination with vitamin B6 supplements.

Read: Your complete guide to magnesium


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