Updated: Aug 2, 2019
As of 2016, over 20 million adults and 6 million children have asthma in the U.S. (1) The severity of symptoms can vary, but that means that millions of people are dealing with asthma on an almost daily basis. The good news? Research has found that supplemental magnesium can have a positive impact on mild to moderate asthma symptoms.
But first, what is asthma?
Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that causes inflammation of the airways, making it more difficult to breathe. There are a variety of triggers that can worsen the narrowing of the airways and cause flare-ups. Some common triggers include cold weather, pet dander, dust, and smoke. (2)
Traditional treatment options vary based on the severity of symptoms, but most asthmatics use some combination of oral medications, inhalers, and breathing machines to control the condition. (3)
And what does the research say?
Researchers have been working to understand more about the causes of and risk factors for developing asthma. And because magnesium has a hand in hundreds of reactions in the body, its effect on respiratory conditions like asthma has been examined.
Some studies have found a connection between low magnesium levels and an increased risk for developing asthma or experiencing worsened symptoms if you already have the condition. (4)
Another study concluded that insufficient magnesium intake in children is related to decreased lung function. The researchers further hypothesized that children who experienced weakened lung function in adolescence might also be more predisposed to ongoing respiratory conditions as adults. (5)
It’s important to note that if you have asthma already, your body may require above average magnesium intake to combat the condition. In addition, some prescription drugs used to treat asthma can further drain your body’s magnesium stores. (4)
The bottom line?
Increasing magnesium levels (often through supplementation) can help ease asthma symptoms by improving the lungs’ ability to breathe air in and out. (4)
Magnesium has the ability to relax airways, dilate the lungs, reduce inflammation of the airways and block chemicals that can cause spasms. (6) While at-home magnesium supplements shouldn’t be used to treat an asthma attack, ongoing use of topical magnesium may lead to a reduction of asthmatic symptoms over time. (7)
When using magnesium to combat a chronic condition like asthma, the key is consistent (daily) use in order to ensure that your body has access to proper magnesium.
You can increase your magnesium intake using a combination of magnesium oil, magnesium bath flakes, and upping your dietary intake of magnesium. With regular magnesium supplementation, you may feel an improvement in respiratory symptoms over time.
Here’s to feeling better, naturally!
*Disclaimer. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Do not discontinue any prescribed medications without consulting with your physician.”