More Magnesium = Better Lung Function

Supplementing with magnesium may help calm asthma symptoms.

Meet the mineral that may help calm your asthma. Mild to moderate sufferers may benefits from supplementing magnesium daily, according to a study in the February 2010 issue of the Journal of Asthma. Researchers from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington, recruited 55 mild-to-moderate asthmatics between the ages of 21 and 55 and randomly assigned them to receive either the daily dose of 340 milligrams of magnesium or a placebo for six and a half months.

At the end of the study, those in the magnesium group experienced a 6 percent improvement in lung function, while the placebo group didn’t see any progress. Why? Researchers think that magnesium may influence the properties of cell membranes, thereby improving the lungs’ ability to expand. In addition, the mineral may also improve asthma control because it works as an anti-inflammatory.