Magnesium forms part of several processes that affect muscle function, including aerobic capacity, energy production, and electrolyte balance. Research shows that even the slightest magnesium deficiency impairs performance during training and reinforces the negative consequences of strenuous exercise (e.g., oxidative stress).
Research shows that strenuous exercise increases the loss of magnesium via urine and sweat. It also shows that the need for magnesium can increase by 10–20% during strenuous exercise.
Based on dietary surveys and research on humans, a magnesium intake that is less than 260 mg/day for male athletes, and 220 mg/day for female athletes, results in magnesium deficiency. New investigations also show that numerous people get too little magnesium.
Research shows that a magnesium supplement will have positive effects on performance during training for individuals suffering from magnesium deficiency.
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Magnes Res. 2006 Sep;19(3):180-9. Update on the relationship between magnesium and exercise. Nielsen FH1, Lukaski HC.