Magnesium’s Potential in Cardiometabolic Health

Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a role in more than 300 metabolic reactions in the human body. The need for magnesium is crucial, in areas as diverse as bone tissue, muscles, DNA, RNA and protein synthesis, energy production, and structural support for cell membranes and chromosomes. Now, clear effort is being made to explore the benefits of magnesium in cardiovascular and metabolic—or cardiometabolic—health. The need for cardiometabolic support is clear, given the ever-increasing prevalence of cardiovascular and metabolic disorders in the population and the increasing economic burden of these disorders to society.

Much is already known about magnesium and cardiometabolic function from a mechanistic perspective. In terms of some of the mechanisms associated with its benefit, magnesium acts as a calcium channel blocker, increases nitric oxide production, improves endothelial function, enhances the efficiency of insulin, reduces inflammation, and improves the ability of blood vessels to dilate.

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