Research Links Magnesium, Vitamin D For Health Benefits
Vitamin D or sunshine vitamin has been known to be highly beneficial. But new study shows that it is magnesium that decides what amount of vitamin D an individual can take. The research has been published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Between 2001 and 2006, 12,000 individuals took part in the NHANE Survey, the results of which showed that magnesium intake determines how much vitamin D one body can take. This was reported by Dr. Qi Dai. Dr. Dai and his team found that people with higher levels of magnesium in their bodies, either taken from supplements or dietary sources, were less likely to suffer from lower levels of vitamin D. A link between intake of magnesium and reduced mortality due to bowel cancer and cardiovascular disease was also found. Magnesium affects vitamin D content by being a co-factor in its synthesis from either dietary sources or sunlight. Deficiency of magnesium blocks metabolism pathway and vitamin D synthesis, said Dr. Dai. The NHANES data did not however provide any information about impact on vitamin D levels of an individual on being given extra magnesium. To study this, 180 people were examined out of 250 enrollments. It was seen that treatment with magnesium supplements resulted in increased levels of vitamin D in individuals with initially lower levels of it, but decreased levels in people with already high levels. This is critical as too much sunshine vitamin and calcium in the body can cause major health problems.
The joining link between bowel cancer and vitamin D is interesting. A study released in early-2018 showed that individuals with lower vitamin D levels were at 31% greater risk of getting bowel cancer. It was contradicted by a study released last month which showed that people taking vitamin D supplements and those taking placebos were at equal risks of developing cancer, like bowel cancer.
Prof Martha Shrubsole pointed out the potentially large health scare of low vitamin D in bodies of individuals. She added that apart from vitamin D, the deficiency of magnesium is also a big issue. More studies and researches are however required to determine how exactly deficiencies of magnesium or vitamin D result in bowel cancer.