Did you know that a lack of dietary magnesium can be behind that stubborn ‘spare tyre’ of excess fat that accumulates around the abdomen? When no amount of meal adjusting and regular exercise succeeds in reducing your waistline, it may be that a simple nutrient deficiency is the missing ingredient in your regime. Minerals are the building blocks of your physical body, so it makes sense to start with your foundation and ensure all the necessary components are in place. Magnesium is an essential mineral, vital to hundreds of biochemical processes. Without enough of it in the right ratio to other essential minerals, many of your body systems don’t function well.
We think of magnesium for maintaining musculo-skeletal health, cardiovascular function and nervous system integrity. You may not realise magnesium also has an important role in weight management. Putting on weight around the abdomen can be a sign of magnesium deficiency.
How magnesium influences abdominal fat
Increasing abdominal fat relates to several factors, all with low magnesium levels in common:
- Poor diet
- Increased stress
- High blood glucose
- High blood insulin
- Low serum HDL cholesterol
- Triggers for obesity gene expression
Firstly, magnesium is a necessary enzyme activator for efficient digestion, absorption and metabolism of dietary nutrients, including fats. Without adequate daily magnesium, fat will accumulate in your body.
When we are stressed we use up magnesium at a fast rate, and our adrenal glands pump out more cortisol. Low magnesium levels and excess cortisol production are known to directly correlate with excess abdominal fat. High cortisol production disrupts the normal balance of many other hormones such as oestrogen, and contributes to such phenomena as the ‘middle age spread’ common in our society.
So taking a good magnesium supplement during times of increased stress not only supports your ability to manage the stress, it may help prevent your waistline expanding. Magnesium’s anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety actions help your body reduce excess cortisol levels AND keep your waistline trim.
Magnesium also helps regulate blood glucose and insulin levels, critical factors in weight management. Without the influence of magnesium, more glucose gets stored as fat instead of being used by your cells for energy. As well, low magnesium decreases insulin sensitivity, which is directly linked to increases in fatty tissue. If your body can’t regulate insulin properly and there is excess in circulation, research shows that over half of it will move into abdominal tissue.
Scientists hypothesise that as insulin levels rise in response to high dietary sugars, the size of the abdomen increases to process the extra insulin. It can lead to insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome – the pre-diabetic condition in which the body is chronically out of balance and overweight.
There is a direct correlation between low HDL-cholesterol (the healthy type) and excess abdominal fat. Getting your adequate daily intake of dietary magnesium contributes to improved levels of HDL cholesterol and is vital for maintaining lean body mass.
Also vital is magnesium’s essential role in transforming B vitamins into their bioactive form in the body, because B vitamins are critical in preventing expression of the obesity gene.
As you can see, there are many important reasons to ensure you are providing enough magnesium for your body’s needs every day. If expanding belly fat is a concern for you, a good quality magnesium supplement could help you feel leaner and healthier.
by Carolyn Simon
BioBalance Liposomal Magnesium provides magnesium gluconate and magnesium bisglycinate, two easily absorbed forms of magnesium. Magnesium bisglycinate is magnesium bound to the amino acid glycine, making the magnesium highly absorbable. With our liposomal magnesium the superior rate of absorption means you are getting optimal nutritional benefit from your supplement, unlike the high amount (over 50%) of magnesium that remains unusable or is excreted when taking tableted dietary supplements.
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