Magnesium and Inflammation

For many people inflammation of some part of the body can cause ongoing pain and discomfort, making painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication part of a daily routine. For so many health concerns, diseases and injuries one generally finds inflammation at the root. While small amounts of acute inflammation are important for acting as a signaling mechanism to recruit healing nutrients, chronic inflammation can result in cell damage and health problems. With all the inflammatory issues people suffer from, it is little wonder that pain killers and anti-inflammatory pills, gels and creams are such high selling products.

However, thanks to modern research, we know there are simple, off the shelf supplements that have amazing anti-inflammatory properties. Magnesium is becoming a wonder-supplement and among its many health benefits its anti-inflammatory properties are some of the best known.

A clear link between increased inflammation in a variety of disorders and reduced or insufficient levels of magnesium in the body have been noted. It doesn’t seem to matter where the inflammation in the body is but taking extra magnesium as a supplement or eating a more magnesium rich diet does reduce the inflammation.

What is inflammation?

To understand how and why Magnesium helps with inflammation one needs to first understand what inflammation is.

When there is injury, irritation or infection in the body, inflammation is the response of the immune system trying to fight the problem. There are any number of elements that can cause inflammation, both internal and external. Furthermore, inflammation can be as a result of a hormone imbalance, injury, environmental stress or poor diet.

Almost any part of the body can become inflamed, and each form of inflammation may have its own name. For those who suffer with asthma the main area of inflammation is under and around the nose and nasal passages.

There are two types of inflammation, acute inflammation that lasts a few days and dies down once healing sets in and chronic inflammation which can last years and disturbs both bodily functions and physiology if not acted upon.

How Magnesium works to help combat inflammation

Magnesium controls some of the cellular activity associated with inflammation. A lack of or an imbalance of magnesium levels in the body lead to increased inflammatory activity. By introducing, reintroducing or increasing the levels of magnesium in the body, inflammation levels subside or cease to persist as vigorously or as frequently than a body with lower magnesium levels. Essentially, magnesium reduces the inflammation caused in response to injury, irritation or infection. Magnesium calms the reaction.

Magnesium is marvelous and studies have proven that swelling is decreased considerably while halting and reducing inflammation. Furthermore, magnesium prevents the development if metabolic syndrome. You really cannot lose when taking magnesium, firstly it reduces any existing inflammation and secondly reduces the chances of illnesses related to inflammation from occurring.

As with all supplements, magnesium is not a cure for the ailments that occur from or result in inflammation. Therefore, before considering magnesium as the sole medication for inflammation it is advised to seek medical advice.

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Ron Goedeke MD, BSc Hons MBChB, FNZCAM

Dr Ron Goedeke, specialises in alternative and functional medicine. He is a foundation member of the New Zealand college of Appearance medicine and has been a member of the American Academy of Anti-aging medicine since 1999. With over 20 years of experience in the anti-aging field, Dr Ron Goedeke is recognized as one of New Zealand’s leaders in this new and growing field of medicine.

Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns about your health. Never disregard or delay seeking medical advice because of something you have heard or read on this website.

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