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MAGNESIUM REDUCES RISK OF HYPERTENSION AND HEART DISEASE

A recent study has again highlighted the powerful benefits of magnesium for preventing heart disease and high blood pressure.

In the study, scientists’ surveyed 1276 men and women aged between 30-75, with no prior signs or symptoms of cardiovascular disease.  They discovered that participants with the highest levels of serum magnesium had 48% lower risk of high blood pressure and 42% lower risk of coronary artery calcification (the process of calcium being deposited in artery walls, increasing arterial stiffness and inflexibility).

Furthermore, for every 0.17mg/dl increment in serum magnesium levels, there was a 16% lower risk of developing hardened arteries.

 Magnesium is renowned for its cardiovascular benefits and is recognised as being a vital component for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body.  Energy production in every cell is dependent on magnesium supply and its actions on smooth muscle function make it invaluable for supporting the health and flexibility of blood vessel walls. 

 This new research adds to the weight of evidence advocating magnesium as a key part of any heart health plan.  Food sources such as green leafy vegetables, almonds, cashew nuts and buckwheat are rich in magnesium. At least 270mg magnesium per day is recommended for adults so supplements can also be used to boost daily magnesium levels. Organic forms of magnesium, such as magnesium citrate, offer high levels of absorption via the digestive tract and are also a highly bioavailable mineral form. Boosting you daily magnesium intake means you can be confident of taking the right steps for cardiovascular wellbeing.

 

Further reading

Posadas-Sanchez R et al (2016) Serum magnesium is inversely associated with coronary artery calcification in the Genetics of Atherosclerotic Disease (GEA) study. Nutr J Full paper

 

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