If you are low in this mineral, you may be at risk of anemia
AND a recent study1 used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to examine the relationship between magnesium intake and the incidence of anemia, a lack of healthy red blood cells that is more common in women and most often caused by insufficient iron. More than 30,000 people between the ages of 20 and 80 participated in the study.
Anemia causes symptoms like fatigue, general weakness, irregular heart rhythms, and problems like headaches and brain fog, nutritionist Brooke Scheller, DCN, CNS, told mindbodygreen.
The study found strong evidence that magnesium deficiency in adulthood was associated with anemia. This association was strongest in women and those in the older cohorts of the study.
Magnesium is an essential trace element that supports over 300 processes in the body and has been found to support a wide range of common health problems.
In particular, it has been shown to help support a healthy sleep cycle. Other known benefits include maintaining bone strength, reducing muscle spasms, and maintaining healthy blood pressure and blood sugar—and the list goes on. More recently, researchers have also been investigating how it can support brain health.
The authors of this new study note that while this is a compelling starting point, more research is needed to help confirm the link between magnesium and anemia risk and begin to explore causality.