Research findings from Yale University School of Medicine have found that magnesium supplements during adolescence may boost overall bone health.
The study, of 120 healthy girls between the ages of 8 and 14, randomly assigned participants to receive either a daily magnesium supplement (300 mg) or placebo for twelve months.
At the end of the study, researchers found that the bone mineral content significantly increased in the girls receiving the magnesium supplement, compared to the girls who received the placebo.
Despite the encouraging findings, further studies are needed to investigate the role of magnesium on bone health in other populations.
The findings were published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
Rich sources of dietary magnesium include green leafy vegetables, grains, nuts, milk products, figs and dates.
The Recommended Dietary Allowance of Magnesium is 400 mg for adult men, 310 mg for adult women and 360 mg for girls aged 14 to 18.
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