Is magnesium the answer to your sugar addiction?

By Jordanna Levin |

Just so you know, this is a sponsored post, but the opinions are our own and we have researched the topic and drawn our conclusions independently.

You’ve quit sugar. You’ve done all the right things. But you still have a sugar addiction. For some, breaking the habit is just about allowing enough time to reverse a lifetime of metabolism-disrupting eating. For many, however, it can be about magnesium. Or, more specifically, not enough magnesium.

Magnesium is one of the most universally deficient minerals in the human body. It’s also fast disappearing from our soil. This means that when our vegetables are grown they lack magnesium to begin with, ergo we’re consuming less magnesium than ever. It’s also interesting to note that overdosing on magnesium is almost impossible as it’s harmlessly excreted if not needed.

5 ways magnesium can keep your sugar addiction in check.

  1. Magnesium moderates blood glucose levels.
    Magnesium is involved in more than 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. Adding a little extra into your diet can moderate blood glucose levels and prevent type-2 diabetes.
  2. High magnesium intake reduces obesity.
    If you are carrying a little extra weight, you’ll find it more difficult to respond to insulin. Consuming magnesium-rich foods can improve your response to insulin, especially if you are overweight.
  3. Magnesium can reduce the risk of diabetes.
    Magnesium-rich foods such as wholegrains (e.g. buckwheat and oats), legumes, nuts and our favourite green leafy vegetables may reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes. Kale can also reduce our risk of disease. (Is there anything this green superfood can’t do?) If you have a family history of type-2 diabetes or you’re on the brink yourself, magnesium could be the answer.
  4. Magnesium improves our body’s response to sugar.
    If you do have a lapse or have a piece of cake at your best friend’s birthday party, don’t despair! If you’re eating daily sources of magnesium, your body will be able to deal with fructose better and you won’t get huge sugar highs and lows.
  5. Magnesium can alter genes in our body relating to sugar addiction.
    We found this one particularly interesting: Supplementation of magnesium was shown to change the expression of 58 different genes in overweight people. Many of these genes were involved in insulin and glucose metabolism.

Looking to integrate more magnesium into your diet?

Load up on magnesium-rich foods as outlined or you might want to try a magnesium supplement.

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We chatted to the folks at Lifestream Natural Magnesium about their naturally derived marine source of magnesium. They told us that because seawater naturally contains the mineral, the supplement has no need for synthetic materials or chemical products. This means the magnesium is a concentrated and bio-available source. With 350mg per 1/3 teaspoon dose, it definitely gives you more bang for your buck. And the tasteless powder is also suitable for all our vegans and vegetarians out there. Good stuff!

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