You might already be aware that taking a magnesium supplement can help ease anxiety, make falling asleep easier, and improve the quality of your rest overall. But this miraculous mineral has several other benefits that can help your body fight off viruses — including COVID-19!
It boosts immunity.
Taking 500 mg. of magnesium daily beefs up immunity in just four days, according to research in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The mineral energizes white blood cells and ups their production of coronavirus-killing antibodies.
It strengthens lungs.
British scientists say magnesium improves lung function and breathing ability for people with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Plus, this essential mineral reduces damaging lung inflammation in patients fighting respiratory viruses.
It steadies blood sugar.
“Magnesium improves insulin sensitivity,” says Carolyn Dean, M.D. And that’s great news, since a study in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests that blood-sugar control reduces your risk of COVID-19 complications by as much as 68 percent.
If you’re not currently taking a magnesium supplement and your medical provider says it’s okay to start one, there are several you can try. We’re partial to Natural Vitality Calm, which comes in gummy, capsule, or powder form (you can make a tasty drink with it!).
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- 325 mg of magnesim per serving
- Delicious lemon-raspberry flavor
- Also comes in cherry, sweet lemon, and orange
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