Magnesium: Effect on Testosterone, IGF-1 & DHEA

Hormones like testosterone and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) play a role in many bodily processes.

Research suggests that magnesium may help with optimizing and boosting testosterone and IGF-1.

The Impact of Magnesium on Testosterone and IGF-1

One study focused on the effects of magnesium intake on anabolic hormones in men.

The study included 399 men aged 65 and above and gathered data on:

  1. testosterone
  2. total IGF-1
  3. sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG)
  4. dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS)
  5. and magnesium levels in their blood

Results: Boosts Testosterone and IGF-1

The results of the study suggest a strong correlation between magnesium intake and higher testosterone and IGF-1 levels.

1. Positive Association with Testosterone and IGF-1

After adjusting for age, the study found that magnesium had a positive association with both total testosterone and total IGF-1 levels.

This means that higher magnesium levels were linked to increased levels of these crucial hormones.

2. Robust Relationship with Testosterone

Even after adjustments for variables like body mass index (BMI), inflammation markers, grip strength, and other health factors, the relationship between magnesium and total testosterone remained strong and highly significant.

This suggests that magnesium independently influences testosterone levels.

3. Significant IGF-1 Correlation

The link between magnesium and IGF-1 remained significant after adjusting for multiple factors.

This shows that magnesium plays a role in maintaining IGF-1 levels, and its effect is not solely dependent on testosterone.

Supplementing Magnesium Increases Testosterone and IGF-1

In a nutshell, magnesium appears to be a powerful influencer of anabolic hormones, specifically testosterone and IGF-1.

Supplementing with magnesium may help to boost testosterone and IGF-1 levels.

Remember, always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement regimen.

Maggio M, Ceda GP, Lauretani F, Cattabiani C, Avantaggiato E, Morganti S, Ablondi F, Bandinelli S, Dominguez LJ, Barbagallo M, Paolisso G, Semba RD, Ferrucci L. Magnesium and anabolic hormones in older men. Int J Androl. 2011 Dec;34(6 Pt 2):e594-600. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2605.2011.01193.x. Epub 2011 Jun 15. PMID: 21675994; PMCID: PMC4623306.

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