Magnesium Needed for Healthy Adiponectin Levels

Monday, February 09, 2009
By: Byron J. Richards,
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

A detailed study comparing the metabolism of twins, which analyzed their basic dietary nutrients, found that magnesium intake1 was the most important dietary variable that determined adiponectin levels.  Fresh fruit and vegetables also had a positive influence on adiponectin. 

Adiponectin is a hormone made in your fat.  It helps regulate inflammation within your fat, and consequently helps prevent you from gaining weight, becoming type II diabetic, and developing heart disease.  As your weight goes up, adiponectin goes down.  And as you lose weight it helps boost adiponectin.

This new study shows very clearly that adequate magnesium is vital to maintaining adiponectin levels and this means that a lack of magnesium, which is common in our country, is a clear contributor to the problems people have with weight.


Referenced Studies:
  1. ^ Magnesium Intake Associated with Higher Levels of Adiponectin  Journal of Nutrition  Aedin Cassidy, Paula Skidmore, Eric B. Rimm, Ailsa Welch, Sue Fairweather-Tait, Jane Skinner, Keith Burling, J. B. Richards, Tim D. Spector and Alex J. MacGregor.

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