If any disease represents the western world in the 21st century, it’s metabolic syndrome—a condition characterized by abdominal obesity, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
Metabolic syndrome makes your risk of getting diabetes and heart disease skyrocket. And sadly, this condition is becoming all too common. Current estimates indicate nearly 50% of people over the age of 60 suffer from metabolic syndrome.1
It’s a frightening figure, but it’s also frustrating to me because metabolic syndrome is so simple to prevent and so easy to cure. In fact, I’ve outlined the specific advice I use to help my patients overcome this dangerous condition in my complete Metabolic Repair Protocol. (You can get full access to this comprehensive plan by calling 866-747-9421 and asking for order code GOV1S3AA.)
But some new research shows one nutrient in particular may have an important role in preventing metabolic syndrome. This review included 17 different scientific articles and studies encompassing about 35,000 people with metabolic syndrome.2
Overall, the researchers found that the people who consumed more magnesium—either through food or supplements—had a 22% lower risk of metabolic syndrome.
Magnesium’s metabolism-healing triple threat
First of all, they believe magnesium may help preserve pancreatic beta-cell function, which helps with insulin production and secretion. Insulin, of course, helps your body regulate its blood sugar levels. The researchers also found that magnesium helps your body metabolize the sugar you eat or drink—which once again helps normalize blood sugar levels.
Finally, the researchers noted that magnesium helps create enzymes in the body that metabolize fats. This lowers your bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglyceride levels and raises your good cholesterol levels (HDL). And it may even help you lose weight.
This research review confirms the results of another big review published in 2014. For that review, researchers analyzed 10 studies involving nearly 31,000 people. And just as with the most recent review, the 2014 review showed that people with lower levels of magnesium in their body had a higher risk of metabolic syndrome.2
The 2014 review reported a somewhat lower reduction in risk—12% for people who took 150 mg of magnesium a day. But that’s still a substantial number.
To get that much magnesium through your diet, you’d need to eat 2 ounces of dry roasted almonds, one cup of cooked spinach, or one and a half cups of beans a day. Doable, yes, but I recommend you also supplement with magnesium to ensure you’re getting optimal levels.
But remember, when it comes to supplements, all magnesium isn’t created equal. I recommend highly absorbable magnesium orotate (32 mg a day) or taurate (125 mg).
1“Prevalence of the Metabolic Syndrome in the United States 2003-2012.” JAMA. 2015;313(19):1973-1974.
2“Magnesium status and the metabolic syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis.” J.nut. 2015. 09.014.
3“Dietary Magnesium Intake and Metabolic Syndrome in the Adult Population: Dose-Response Meta-Analysis and Meta-Regression.” Nutrients. 2014 Dec; 6(12): 6005–6019.