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Study Shows Magnesium May Help Osteoporosis

Study Shows Magnesium May Help Osteoporosis

Thursday, April 13th 2006

Increasing magnesium intake could increase bone density in the elderly and reduce the risk of osteoporosis, suggests a large American study.

"Higher Magnesium intake through diet and supplements was positively associated with total-body bone mineral density (BMD) in older men and women. For every 100mg per day increase in magnesium (Mg), there was an approximate 2 per cent increase in whole-body BMD," said Kathryn Ryder and colleagues.

Osteoporosis is characterized by low bone mass, which leads to an increase risk of fractures, especially the hips, spin and wrists. Women are four times more likely to develop osteoporosis than men.

The exact role of magnesium has not been identified, but is suggested that it may be via calciotropic hormones, by acting as a buffer against acidic Western style diets, or by substituting for calcium in the bones.

Magnesium intake was positively associated with BMD in men and women. These observations could be due to calcium regulation or nutrient responses.

Dietary sources of magnesium include green, leafy vegetables, meats, starches, grains and nuts, and milk. Earlier dietary surveys show that a large portion of adults do not meet the RDA for magnesium (320 mg per day for women and 420 mg per day for men). Journal of the American Geriatric Society (November, Vol 53, No 11, pp 1875-1880).

Radiance Magnesium Complex Plus is a balanced formula that also contains calcium, zinc and Vitamin D.

Reproduced unabridged from the April - June 2006 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all useful for healthy bones:

Calcium - Magnesium
Ethi Cal Bone Builder Vitamin D Powder
Ethi Cal Hi-Strength Tablets
Mega Magnesium Powder
Mineral Power
Self Test Mineral & Toxic Element Test Kit
Super Calcium Complete
Superior Magnesium
Vitamin D3

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Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.


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