Magnesium boosts bone health in teenage girls

January 4, 2007 in Nutrition for Children and Teenagers, Nutrition Topics in the News, Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements

Magnesium boosts bone health in teenage girls

According to findings from researchers at Yale University School of Medicine, a daily magnesium supplement may significantly increase bone mineral content in adolescent girls.

The small study of 120 girls between the ages of 8 and 14 assigned participants to receive either a daily supplement containing 300 mg magnesium or a placebo everyday for one year. After the one year follow up period, researchers found the magnesium supplement significantly increased bone mineral content, a measure of bone density, in the supplement group.

Osteoporosis is characterized by a low bone mass, leading to an increased risk of fractures.  According to Osteoporosis Canada, 1.4 million Canadians suffer from osteoporosis. Women are four times more likely to develop Osteoporosis than men.

Dietary sources of magnesium include green leafy vegetables, dried fruit, meats, whole grains and nuts and milk.

These latest findings were published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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