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Magnesium and inflammation

When inflammation rises, the immune system responds by releasing C-reactive protein (CRP) to start the process of clearing microbes and damaged cells from the body. But chronically high CRP levels may indicate an underlying health issue.

In this review, doctors identified 11 CRP studies where participants took oral magnesium supplements.

While there was no effect overall, in those who started the study with elevated levels of CRP—greater than 3 mg per deciliter of blood—magnesium significantly reduced CRP levels over the various study periods. Discussing the findings, doctors said magnesium reduces CRP in those with elevated levels, reducing chronic inflammation.

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