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Magnesium, Calcium, and Vitamin D

Several studies have shown an inverse relationship between magnesium, calcium, vitamin D intake and metabolic syndrome risks, particularly insulin resistance. When dietary intake of magnesium, calcium, and vitamin D decreases, the risk of metabolic syndrome increases.

Decreased magnesium concentrations occur in low grade inflammation. Milk and dairy products provide calcium and vitamin D while whole grains, green leafy vegetables, legumes, and nuts are rich in magnesium.