HOW CALCIUM AND MAGNESIUM CAN SUPERCHARGE YOUR METABOLISM
It is amazing how certain minerals can help the body; for example consider how calcium and magnesium can supercharge your metabolism.
A recent study from Case Western University that involved over 9,000 adults tested the theory that calcium and magnesium can make it less likely you will be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, if you are consuming more than the dietary recommendation of both.
Study Looks at Combination of Minerals
Previous studies have found that calcium and magnesium on their own contributed to the lower risk of metabolic syndrome. However, the newest Case Western University study is in regards to the two in combination.
A previous study included women that had met the recommended daily allowance for magnesium and calcium in one day, 320 mg and 1200 mg respectively. These women showed the greatest reduction in risk of metabolic syndrome. Men, however, did now show the same correlation. Instead, for men to see a reduction in their risk, they needed to take almost 400 mg of magnesium and a little over 1200 mg of calcium in order to see a significant reduction in risk.
This is due to the fact that calcium helps produce healthy blood vessels and magnesium helps the body produce serotonin. Both minerals help the body to process calories more efficiently by increasing your metabolism. Adding more of both minerals to your diet helps in numerous ways that go beyond the metabolism, or start with the metabolism but benefit you in both health and weight loss. This in turn boosts confidence, helps with personal interactions and overall satisfaction with life.
Defining Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic syndrome is defined as having a certain grouping of metabolic traits, like abdominal obesity, hypertension, glucose intolerance and dyslipidaemia, which is high amounts of lipids in the blood (including cholesterol). This condition usually increases an individual’s risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even some types of cancer.
The incidents of metabolic syndrome in the United States has increased dramatically over a decade. From 1988 to 1994, the prevalence was 23%, while from 1999 to 2006, the prevalence increased to 34%. Meanwhile, a study in Europe found that about one-quarter of Europeans suffer from metabolic syndrome. For European men, this meant an average waist size of 37 inches at minimum. Meanwhile, South Asian women had a waist size of at least 31.5 inches.
Further studies will be needed to determine exactly why the amounts differ so greatly for men and women. They will also need to determine what the factor is that makes it possible to stay within the RDA recommendation for women and requires an amount beyond the RDA recommendation for men.
Still, this study provides strong incentive for both men and women to ensure they have the right amount of calcium and magnesium in their diet in order to have their body function properly and decrease the risk of serious illness like cancer, diabetes and now metabolic syndrome. These minerals are easy to add via certain foods or a supplement.