Breathe easy with magnesium
by Newsletter Editor
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited chronic condition weakening the lungs and digestive system and shortening life expectancy.
In this study, 44 participants with CF, aged 7 to 19, took 300 mg of magnesium per day, or a placebo, in two alternating 8-week phases.
While there was little change after the placebo phases, after each magnesium phase, lung capacity to inhale and expel air increased 11 to 12 percent. Doctors said that by regulating inflammation, magnesium reduced overall CF severity and improved respiratory muscle strength.
Reference: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; 2012, Vol. 96, No. 1, 50-6