It is important for you to eat a low glycemic index diet to stay insulin sensitive. It also needs to be a high nutrient, low glycemic index diet. Certain micronutrients can help regulate glucose and insulin metabolism.
One of these micronutrients is the mineral magnesium.
Magnesium intake and how it relates to insulin sensitivity is exactly what the reviewed research investigated (Wang J, et.al.,2013). Magnesium levels were calculated using 24 hour dietary recalls at the start of the study and at 6 and 12 months. Fasting glucose and insulin were measured at the same times and used for calculations of insulin resistance.
Magnesium intake was found to be inversely related to biomarkers of insulin resistance.
This highlights how important it is to eat a low glycemic index diet high in nutrients. It may be a good idea to take a supplement with well absorbed magnesium, since magnesium is important for many other reasons.
It is best to take magnesium with other important minerals, since minerals will affect each other. Taking only one mineral can result in the reduction of another.
Wang J, Persuitte G, Olendzki BC, Wedick NM, Zhang Z, Merriam PA, Fang H, Carmody J, Olendzki GF, Ma Y. Dietary magnesium intake improves insulin resistance among non-diabetic individuals with metabolic syndrome participating in a dietary trial. Nutrients. 2013 Sep 27;5(10):3910-9. doi: 10.3390/nu5103910.
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