Magnesium & Menopause: Bone Health
Magnesium is an important nutritive component for humans. It helps manage mood regulation, it supports healthy hormone levels, it’s good for our bones, and it is an essential ingredient of hundreds of biochemical functions in the body. For women specifically, magnesium is a particularly important mineral when they reach menopause as it helps keep them healthy and reduces negative menopause symptoms.
Menopause typically occurs in women between the ages of fifty-one and fifty-two, although it may occur years earlier or later. At this point, women stop menstruating and it is usually followed by others, usually unpleasant symptoms such as hot flashes, insomnia, weight gain, deterioration of bone and muscle, hormone changes, etc.
Magnesium plays a crucial role in preventing Osteoporosis which affects between ten and thirty per cent of women who’ve gone through menopause. Osteoporosis is characterised by deficient bone mineral density, and it only increases with age.
Human bones naturally undergo a ‘remodeling’ process, also known as Osteogenesis, through which they strengthen themselves. During this process, bones are broken down and then rebuilt stronger. This process is faster and more efficient in younger people but with age, it slows down and the bones are rebuilt weaker than before.
Magnesium plays a vital role in cartilage and bone matrix calcification, which contribute to increased bone strength, which is why it is such an important supplement for women in menopause. Magnesium also affects parathyroid hormone, or PTH, and vitamin D, both of which are crucial for bone development.
Additionally, low magnesium levels have been linked to a decrease in Osteoblast (bone-rebuilding activity) and an increase in inflammation, making bones weaker and causing pain. A small-scale study that involved twenty women with Osteoporosis determined that supplementing 1830 milligrams of magnesium citrate, which is an equivalent of 290 milligrams of elemental magnesium, per day for thirty days decreased the rate and volume by which their bones deteriorated.
A follow-up study, which has been conducted seven years later examined 73,684 menopausal women and found that a daily magnesium intake of between 334 milligrams or higher was highly linked to greater bone mineral density. Since magnesium seems to play such a vital role in keeping bones healthy and strong, it follows that women undergoing menopause are especially advised to ensure adequate mineral intake.
Magnesium may be found in a variety of foods such as almonds, bananas, fish, nuts, etc.; but it also comes in the form of supplements. You should consult your local physician on the safest and most efficient way of dosing your magnesium by a combination of food and supplements.
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