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— January 21, 2019

Magnesium Found to Help Set Body Rhythms

By Energy Times Team
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Magnesium Found to Help Set Body Rhythms

Our bodies run on a 24-hour clock called a circadian rhythm that controls when we feel sleepy and when we feel awake. Now scientists have discovered that the mineral magnesium plays a key role in helping this rhythm keep a steady beat.

A British study team found that magnesium levels increased and decreased with the daily day/night cycle in not only human cells but algae and fungi as well. This cycle affected the cells’ ability to create energy; energy production rose when magnesium rose and fell when it fell.

These results were published in the journal Nature.

While noting that most research has focused on the role magnesium plays in various tissues, lead study author John O’Neill, PhD said that how magnesium “regulates our body’s internal clock and metabolism has simply not been considered before….The new discovery could lead to a whole range of benefits spanning human health to agricultural productivity.”

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