Magnesium can have a whole slew of health benefits, like providing pain relief, help you get better sleep, and even lower blood pressure. Another perk of the supplement? It boosts your immune system, which is more important than ever during the time of Covid-19. Here’s the science behind the miracle vitamin:
It boosts your immunity.
Taking 500 mg. of magnesium daily can help shore up your immunity in just four days, say researchers in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Credit the mineral’s ability to energize white blood cells, which ramps up their production of virus-killing antibodies.
It strengthens lungs.
Magnesium improves lung function and the ability to breathe in patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, who are more susceptible to COVID-19 complications, say British scientists. Other studies show the mineral lowers lung inflammation in patients with respiratory viruses.
It steadies blood sugar.
Having good blood-sugar control reduces the risk of COVID-19 complications by 68 percent, reveals research in the journal Cell Metabolism. And the scientists found that boosting magnesium reduced fasting levels of glucose to improve insulin sensitivity, keeping blood sugar steady.
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