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Scientific study highlights the benefits of yerba mate fortified with magnesium

investigaciones | 09/11/2016

Research funded by the National Institute of Yerba Mate (INYM) certifies that the magnesium incorporated into yerba mate generates beneficial effects for human health.

This is the project called “Evaluation of the Bioavailability of Magnesium in a Population with Consumption of Yerba Mate”, carried out by the researcher Alicia Maskin de Jensen and collaborators of the Faculty of Exact Sciences, Chemical and Natural Sciences of the National University of Misiones.

“Individuals consuming magnesium-fortified yerba mate had several clinical manifestations: stimulation of intestinal motility, decreased asthenia and episodes of recurrent migraine, hydrated skin appearance with decreased acne, decreased cramps, increased Intellectual and physical capacities.

“Individuals consuming magnesium-fortified yerba mate had several clinical manifestations: stimulation of intestinal motility, decreased asthenia and episodes of recurrent migraine, hydrated skin appearance with decreased acne, decreased cramps, increased Intellectual and physical capacities “

At the end of the study, participants were questioned about the clinical manifestations observed in the post-ingestion period. It was observed that 91% of the symptomatic individuals showed the loss of the benefits obtained when consuming fortified yerba mate. All individuals with recurrent migraine episodes decreased events during the four months of fortified weed intake and these episodes increased again during the post-ingestion period, “explained the author of the paper.

Asked about the recommended dose of magnesium and yerba mate daily intake to achieve the beneficial effect on health, Jensen indicated that during the investigation “fortified individuals consumed between 1 and 2 matings daily in a non-shared form, and the contribution Average magnesium was 151.27 milligrams. “ This value, “continued the professional,” corresponds to between 20 and 50% of the Dietary Adequate Recommendation for both genders / age groups and does not exceed the Tolerable Maximum Intake Levels (350 mg / day supplementary magnesium), which is the level Higher daily intake of a nutrient, less likely to cause adverse health effects in most individuals. ”

Asked about the recommended dose of magnesium and yerba mate daily intake to achieve the beneficial effect on health, Jensen indicated that during the investigation “fortified individuals consumed between 1 and 2 matings daily in a non-shared form, and the contribution Average magnesium was 151.27 milligrams. ”

Research Details

For the scientific study two populations were used: one that included individuals consuming yerba mate without fortifying, and the other to individuals consuming yerba mate fortified with a matrix containing magnesium oxide. A total of 177 adult individuals, both 19-50 years old, were clinically healthy. Samples were obtained randomly in different areas of the city of Posadas, from June 1, 2014 to September 15, 2016. Participants in the group consuming fortified yerba mate in a period of four months were evaluated in time Baseline, two and four months (period of ingestion) and at six months (post-intake period).

The importance of magnesium

On the importance of this revelation, Jensen states in his scientific work that “in the last 100 years, due to the changes in the lifestyle and the industrialization that has originated the consumption of manufactured foods, the magnesium intake has been declining for “And emphasizes that the deficiency of this ion” is associated with multiple biochemical abnormalities: hypokalemia, hypocalcemia, hypophosphatemia, hypocalciuria, hypomagnesiuria, metabolic acidosis and various clinical manifestations such as cardiovascular, neuromuscular, bony and endocrine. ”

“One of the ways to fill the gap of certain nutrients in the population is to use fortified foods,” he says, and in that context, Jensen considers, yerba mate could be fortified with magnesium as it is mass consumption and enjoyed in all The economic and social levels “.

“One of the ways to fill the gap of certain nutrients in the population is to use fortified foods,” he says, and in that context, Jensen considers, yerba mate could be fortified with magnesium as it is mass consumption and enjoyed in all The economic and social levels “.

In fact, “according to a study conducted by the National Institute of Yerba Mate, consumption of mate is present in 98% of Argentine households, 92% of those consulted choose to drink hot mate with a lower percentage for consumption of mate Cooked and terere, that is, priming with cold water, “he recalls. “The mate with hot water is more widespread among those over 21 years,” he adds.

Jensen ratifies the importance of magnesium for health. “Magnesium is the fourth most abundant cation in the human body, being a critical and essential ion for life. It plays a fundamental role in cellular physiology by being involved in a large number of metabolic processes, participating in the synthesis and structure of DNA and RNA, cell growth and reproduction, calcium channel control, neuronal activity, cardiac excitability, neuromuscular transmission, contraction Muscle, cardiovascular tone and blood pressure. ”

“Magnesium is the fourth most abundant cation in the human body, being a critical and essential ion for life.

Industry and consumers

Jensen does not hesitate to recommend that “it would be convenient to fortify the yerba mate with magnesium, because in modern societies, changes in lifestyle, low intake of vegetables and fruits, added to industrialization have led to higher consumption of Manufactured foods, so that magnesium intake has been declining below requirements and recommendations. “

Thus, the final beneficiaries of this study would be, on the one hand, the yerbatera industry that could offer mate fortified with magnesium, with greater nutritional content and, on the other hand, the consuming population since this mineral constitutes a fundamental element in the balance of Internal environment and as a regulator of cellular functions vital for the organism.

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