Magnesium is one of the most essential minerals in human physiology. Muscle and nerve function, bone health, regulation of blood pressure, and the creation of protein all rely on magnesium. (1) And that’s only the beginning. Over 300 of the body’s most important cellular reactions require magnesium to get off the ground.
We’ve talked about the specific benefits this universal mineral has for women. However, magnesium plays an important role in men’s health as well. In fact, maintaining healthy magnesium levels can provide lifelong benefits to both overall and specialized health in men.
Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone. It regulates reproductive health and potency, but also muscle mass, fat distribution, and red blood cell production throughout the body. Decreasing levels of testosterone is a real problem for men today. In fact, testosterone levels can decrease by 2 percent annually after the age of 30. (2)
In a study published in Biological Trace Element Research, researchers investigated a potential solution within magnesium. Their study group of men who supplemented magnesium (10 mg/kg body weight) daily for four weeks. All experienced an increase in overall testosterone levels, although those that were more physically active exhibited additional gains. (3)
Magnesium may also play a role in enhancing exercise recovery and performance. When you exercise, you lose valuable minerals called electrolytes through your sweat. Magnesium is one of these minerals. Magnesium plays a key role in muscle function and recovery. A decline in magnesium levels can impair your exercise performance and contribute to muscle spasms. Your muscles are less able to relax after or during exercise if your body is low in magnesium. This can lead to a higher risk of injury as well as slow down post-exercise recovery times. One study in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine also reported that magnesium supplements had a positive effect on both resting and post-exercise blood pressure. (4)
Heart disease is the number one killer of men in the United States. The risk for heart disease only increases with age, so preventative measures should be a lifelong focus. Fortunately, studies have found that magnesium may help reduce blood pressure and significantly reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.
In a 2014 study, researchers studied the relationship between intake of magnesium through diet and the risk of cardiovascular disease. They observed 7,216 men and women over almost five years. They found that individuals with the highest intake of magnesium and a high risk of cardiovascular disease had a lower risk of death when compared to individuals with low intakes of magnesium. (6)
Eating a magnesium-rich diet is a great way to make sure you have enough magnesium. Because our soil is not as fertile as it once was, getting enough magnesium through food alone becomes more challenging each year. Therefore, if you aren’t getting enough from your diet, supplements are the most common delivery for that extra you need. Always talk to a doctor before adding supplements to your diet keep your intake balanced with your dietary needs.
MyKore Essentials offers a supplemental approach with our Pure Magnesium Oil topical spray. This product provides an on-the-spot application to muscle stiffness, cramps, joint pain due to inflammation, or for the onset of headaches, migraines or sleeplessness. Applying magnesium directly where it huts provides immediate and rapid absorption. Carry it with you when you exercise as part of your after workout care for targeted delivery of magnesium right when you need it.