I’m a big believer in supplements. As I’ve written before, the worst case scenario is that they don’t have a positive health benefit. Result? I hurt my bank balance. The truth, of course, is that many studies have offered proof that many supplements are good for one’s health. Others argue they provide no tangible benefits. Ultimately, no two scientists agree on anything including the efficacy of supplements.
Why? A host of reasons:
- Academics need to publish to get tenure, to try to get tenure, to get their names out there. So some scientists will publish almost anything to stay in the game.
- Some scientists are beholden to special interests that see supplements as a threat to their profit margins. These scientists are specifically employed to debunk the efficacy of supplements or at least muddy the waters.
- The methodologies are rarely the same for any two studies: sample sizes, amount ingested, type of supplement. These variables change from study to study.
You get my point.
I know for a fact that magnesium helps me with cramping in my legs. If I go carnivore, I get leg cramps. It’s inevitable for me. As long as I take my magnesium tablets the cramping doesn’t happen. If a cramp starts coming on, I take a tablet, the cramp quickly goes away. It’s that simple. I tend to take 440mg a day and double that when I’m eating mainly meat.
I’m not going to go into the science of magnesium, and its importance to the body.
I’ll let Mark Sisson do that.