Magnesium, another strong SHBG Reducer (why weren't we taught this in school?), has been clinically proven to reduce SHBG in the body, which we know in turn increases Free T!! And it gets better. It also has been proven to naturally increase your bodies production Growth Hormone (you know, that all important "anti-aging" hormone!).
One of the most important minerals for the body is magnesium, and it is also one of the most commonly deficient ones. Magnesium is involved in over 300 bodily functions and has plenty of studies to back up its importance on increasing Free Test by lowering SHBG!
Unfortunately, like Boron, Magnesium levels in the human body have been found to be commonly deficient due to poor soil qualities! Again, Over farming.... Ughhh!.
WHERE DO FOODS CONTAINING MAGNESIUM COME FROM? …FROM SOIL CONTAINING MAGNESIUM
It is well known among experts that the quality of our crops is decreasing. In 2004, the Journal of the American College of Nutrition released a study which compared nutrient content of crops at that time with 1950 levels. Declines were found as high as 40%.
Dr. Donald Davis, lead researcher for the study, offers one explanation for the dramatic declines:
"During those 50 years, there have been intensive efforts to breed new varieties that have greater yield, or resistance to pests, or adaptability to different climates. But the dominant effort is for higher yields. Emerging evidence suggests that when you select for yield, crops grow bigger and faster, but they don’t necessarily have the ability to make or uptake nutrients at the same, faster rate."
These declines are not limited to vegetable crops.
A study by David Thomas published in Nutrition and Health examined average nutritional content of foods across food categories using the UK government’s Composition of Food tables. Thomas found consistent declines in magnesium content:
Vegetables declined by 24% between 1940 and 1991.
Fruit declined by 17%.
Meat declined by 15%.
Cheeses declined by 26%.
Magnesium, another strong SHBG Reducer (why weren't we taught this in school?), has been clinically proven to reduce SHBG in the body, which we know in turn increases Free T!! And it gets better. It also has been proven to naturally increase your bodies production Growth Hormone (you know, that all important "anti-aging" hormone!). Here are just a few studies:
So how important is Magnesium? Well for our purpose of increasing Free T, the above studies accomplish this. But simply look at all the other incredible benefits it has for our overall health. Noone can highlight this better than Dr. Laura Briden, N.D. (She is the "Magnesium Guru") Dr. Briden lists 8 critical factors on the importance of Magnesium below: 8 ways magnesium rescues hormones (by Dr. Laura Briden)
Regulates cortisol. It calms your nervous system and prevents excessive cortisol. Your stress hormonal system—also called your hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis—is your central hormonal system. When it functions well, then your other hormones (thyroid and reproductive hormones) will function well too.
Reduces blood sugar. It’s so effective at sensitizing the insulin receptor that I refer to magnesium as “natural metformin”. Better insulin control means fewer sugar cravings. Healthy insulin sensitivity is important for weight loss, PCOS, and also prevents osteoporosis.
Supports thyroid. It is essential for the production fo thyroid hormone. It is also anti-inflammatory, which helps to quiet the autoimmune inflammation that underlies most thyroid disease. Other ways to address thyroid autoimmunity include gluten-elimination and a selenium supplement.
Aids sleep. As I’ve written before, magnesium is the great sleep-promoter, and sleep is crucial for hormone production. Sleep is when we should enjoy a beneficial surge of anabolic hormones such as DHEA and growth hormone.
Fuels cellular energy. It’s so intricately involved with mitochondria and energy production, that we can safely say: “Without magnesium, there is no cellular energy”. Hormonal tissue has a high metabolic rate, and so requires even more cellular energy and more magnesium than other tissue.
Makes hormones. It aids with the manufacture of steroid hormones including progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone. That may be why magnesium has been shown to reduce hot flashes by 50 percent.
Activates vitamin D. Without enough magnesium, vitamin D cannot do its job. Conversely, too much vitamin D supplementation causes magnesium deficiency.
Slows aging. It prevents telomere shortening, reduces oxidative stress, and enhances the production of glutathione.