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supplements and your thyroid

The Miracle Nutrient

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In a Nutshell
  • Magnesium is a cofactor in over 300 enzyme systems that regulate reactions in the body like protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood sugar, and blood pressure.
  • Excessive alcohol intake, diabetes, certain medications, and some stomach disorders can affect the absorption of magnesium.
The Research

Relieves sleeplessness or insomnia

Getting a good (or bad) night of sleep affects everything from how your body processes food to how it regulates blood sugar, remembers information, controls inflammation, and more. The thyroid functions best when your body is well-rested. Changes in magnesium concentration may cause sleep problems, including occasional sleeplessness or insomnia. A 2012 study evaluated the effectiveness of magnesium supplementation to improve insomnia in older adults. Compared to the placebo group, those who received 500mg of magnesium daily experienced improvements in sleep efficiency and increased concentrations of renin, cortisol, and melatonin. 

Reduces migraine headaches

Headaches or migraine headaches may be a symptom of hypothyroidism. A study in the Pan African Medical Journal evaluated 50 people with a history of migraines and a control group of 50 people without any family history or evidence of migraines to determine the magnesium levels in patients within and between headaches. Results show that magnesium levels are much lower in patients with migraines compared to the healthy group. Another study in an international journal of headaches shows that supplementing with magnesium may lower the frequency of migraine headaches. 

Lowers blood pressure

Secondary hypertension (or secondary high blood pressure) is high blood pressure that's caused by another medical condition. When the thyroid gland doesn't produce enough thyroid hormone, high blood pressure can result. A study in an American Heart Association journal synthesized results from 34 different clinical trials to quantify the effect of magnesium supplementation on blood pressure. Results show that magnesium supplementation for one month is sufficient to elevate magnesium levels in the body and reduce blood pressure.

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