Magnesium is a biologically important molecule essential to proper cell function. It is found in dietary sources such as spinach or other green vegetables, or may be ingested as a food supplement. Many women with PCOS are deficient in magnesium, a trace element that is essential to healthy functioning of the endocrine system. Low magnesium levels are linked to both insulin resistance and diabetes, so taking a supplement can be beneficial to maintaining healthy insulin and glucose levels. In a study of patients with poorly controlled diabetes, supplementing with 1000 mg per day of magnesium oxide was found to help control blood glucose levels better than a placebo. Not only did these patients have better Hba1c levels (a blood test that indicates blood glucose control), they also had fewer side effects of diabetes.
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