Magnesium improves physical performance in older age

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New research shows that the mineral magnesium improves physical performance. From the desk of Benjamin Brown, Technical Director at Viridian Nutrition.

A recent study has shown that a single daily, high potency magnesium supplement improves physical performance in older age.

A sample of healthy women with a mean age of 71.5 years were randomised to receive either a supplement of 300mg elemental magnesium as magnesium oxide daily or a placebo for 12 weeks.

At the end of the trial, those who were supplemented with the magnesium had significantly better measurements of physical performance, including longer chair standing times and faster walking paces than in the control group. This was more prevalent in those who initially had lower dietary magnesium intakes.

In summary, this study found that magnesium supplementation may significantly improve physical performance with older age.

REFERENCE: Veronese N, Berton L, Carraro S, et al. Effect of oral magnesium supplementation on physical performance in healthy elderly women involved in a weekly exercise program: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2014 Sep;100(3):974-81.

BEN BROWN Ben is a naturopath, science writer, lecturer and speaker. He is a lecturer at the UK College of Nutrition and Health and guest lectures at various educational institutions and in university settings. Ben regularly speaks at major conferences and delivers continuing professional development courses on integrative medicine for health care professionals. An established science writer Ben frequently contributes editorials, articles and research to integrative medicine publications and peer reviewed scientific journals. Ben is Technical Director at Viridian Nutrition.

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