Magnesium Health Benefits
Magnesium health benefits include a possible role in prostatitis, chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS) and prostate cancer. The important mineral magnesium is involved in more than 300 biochemical processes, and a deficiency of magnesium can result in an accumulation of dangerous levels of toxins in cells that can cause a deterioration of health.
Magnesium health benefits also extend to a role in the development of cancer. It’s been suggested that a magnesium deficiency is carcinogenic, and in people who have solid tumors, a high level of supplemental magnesium inhibits carcinogenesis. (Sircus 2008) Studies show that low magnesium levels are associated with cancer, from leukemia to colon cancer and breast cancer. For example, a study presented at the European Cancer Organization in Barcelona in late 2007 reported that women who had one or two drinks daily increased their risk of developing breast cancer by 10 percent, and by 30 percent if they had more than three drinks daily. (Klatsky 2007) Alcohol causes magnesium levels to decline in both men and women.
Researchers from the University of Minnesota found that diets rich in magnesium can reduce the risk of colon cancer. This study followed a previous trial in which women who had the highest magnesium intake had a 40 percent lower risk of developing colon cancer than women who had the lowest intake. (Folsom 2003) At least one study has shown that magnesium concentrations in seminal plasma are significantly decreased in men who have chronic prostatitis. (Edorh 2003)
How To Take Magnesium
Typically, the amount of magnesium one should take in relation to calcium is 1:2. (Weil 2007) It’s been suggested that people who want to prevent cancer should consider a 1:10 ratio. However, such high levels can cause significant diarrhea. Basically, the recommended daily allowance of magnesium for men is 400 to 420 mg. Magnesium health benefits from food sources are found in beans, nuts, legumes, whole grains, and spinach.
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