Magnesium is a mineral that is vital to many functions in the human body. This is particularly true of maintaining healthy bone structure, but also includes a spectrum of other biological functions. While people receive magnesium through their diet, depending on what they eat, it is not always sufficient to fill their requirements. Supplementation may be required among those who are not receiving enough of it. Women are more likely to be deficient in magnesium than men, and the elderly and certain other groups are also at risk.
Why Do You Need Magnesium?
Low levels of magnesium in the body have been associated with diseases such as clogged arteries, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, hereditary heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, among others. Many people also find that replenishing their magnesium levels when they were low can help to support better sleep, reduced tension or anxiety symptoms, ease heartburn, to overcome constipation, in treating pre-eclampsia pregnancy complications, and regulating a certain form of irregular heartbeat called torsades de pointes.
Foods that contain magnesium are often those that are highest in fiber. Dietary sources of this mineral include foods such as:
- Whole grains
- Vegetables (particularly squash, broccoli, and leafy greens)
- Nuts (particularly almonds) and seeds
- Dairy products
Even “hard water”, that is, water with a high mineral content, is often a source of this mineral.
Why is it Used in Diet Pills?
Magnesium is rarely used as a main ingredient in diet pills. However, it is sometimes added as a support ingredient that will help the efficiency of other ingredients in the formula, or to help avoid unnecessary bloating or constipation that can result from certain types of dieting such as keto.
The reason there are some diet pills containing magnesium is because magnesium helps with the proper function of muscles, nerves, and other parts of the body such as the digestive system. In the stomach, it helps to neutralize stomach acids and helps to move stool more efficiently through the intestines to exit the body. In this way, bloating from indigestion or from slow moving bowel can be eased.
By reducing mild symptoms of anxiety, it can also support an individual who is struggling with motivation to keep up their lifestyle changes for weight loss and can also make it easier to avoid comfort eating and emotional eating.
Though supplementing magnesium on its own is very unlikely to provide the types of benefits people typically seek from a diet pill, it may provide helpful support as a part of a broader formula.