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Increase Magnesium Intake, Lower Risk of Heart Disease for Men?

A group of scientists at Brigham Young University recently conducted an analysis of 6 separate studies and found that magnesium may reduce the risk of heart disease among men. They did not find any evidence that the same holds true for women.

Their findings were published in the December 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

The six studies included supplementation of magnesium ranging from 130 to 800 milligrams per day.

The researchers found that maintaining a high level of magnesium in the body helps prevent further complications of heart disease following a diagnosis of coronary heart disease. At the moment, however, there is insufficient research to show that magnesium can help reduce the future risk of coronary heart disease.

The studies showed that magnesium plays a role in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Additionally, supplementation was rarely associated with any negative effects.

The researchers noted that magnesium may also reduce the risk of stroke, improve skeletal growth and development and lower blood pressure.

Based on these findings, the researchers recommend magnesium supplementation for the general population and especially for people already diagnosed with coronary heart disease.

Currently most American adults do not get the recommended daily value for magnesium, which is 320 mg for women and 420 mg for men.

A supplement is a great way to get your daily magnesium but there are also a good amount of dietary sources of magnesium such as green leafy vegetables, meats, starches, grains and nuts and milk.

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