STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Magnesium plays a key role in preventing insulin dysregulation and type 2 diabetes, according to several recent studies—yet 80 percent of Americans are likely magnesium deficient
  • One study found those with the highest magnesium intake reduced their risk of metabolic problems by 71 percent
  • Another study concluded magnesium is highly protective for those at high risk for type 2 diabetes
  • Inadequate magnesium intake creates a vicious cycle of low magnesium levels in your body, elevated insulin and blood glucose levels, and excess loss of magnesium in your urine
  • The best source of magnesium is whole, organic foods, especially dark green leafy vegetables; other good sources include seaweed, dried pumpkin seeds, unsweetened cocoa, flaxseed, almond butter, and whey
  • Of the many forms of magnesium supplements available today, a newer form called magnesium threonate shows particular promise due to its ability to penetrate cell membranes, even those in your brain

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