Have you ever received a recommendation to take magnesium? Did you even realize this was an option? If either of these scenarios applies to you, this article may be just what you need. Naturally Savvy has identified 6 key health conditions in which magnesium may actually help. This article focuses on ones that involve pain to the body such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and migraines but can also be used for more general pain and acute pain such as menstrual cramps.
- Studies from the Mayo Clinic and Turkish researchers suggest that magnesium may help reduce fibromyalgia pain by soothing the nerves at trigger points.
- Taking a magnesium supplement may help reduce migraine severity and frequency, and may also help reduce tension headaches.
- Magnesium may also help reduce neuropathic pain associated with diabetes and spinal conditions.
“it’s important to get enough magnesium (RDA is 320 mg for women and 420 mg for men), as many studies have reported that eating foods rich in magnesium and potassium improves bone density.”
6 health conditions magnesium may help with include arthritis; fibromyalgia; menstrual cramps; migraine and tension headaches; neuropathic pain; and post operative pain.
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