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Magnesium Consumption Linked With Reduced Mortality Risk

A recent large-scale study has found that people who consume the highest amount of magnesium through diet had a significant reduction in risk of dying from cardiovascular events and cancer when compared with people who consume the least magnesium.

Participants in the study included 7,216 men and women between the ages of 55 and 80 who participated in the Prevención con Dieta Mediterránea (PREDIMED) study. Those who were at high risk for cardiovascular disease were assigned a Mediterranean diet supplemented with nuts or olive oil or a low-fat control diet.

Over the nearly five-year period of the study, 323 people died, 130 from cancer and 81 from cardiovascular events. Two hundred seventy-seven additional non-fatal cardiovascular events were recorded.

After analyzing the data, the researchers found that people who consumed as much as 442 mg of magnesium daily (the highest amount) had a 59% reduction in risk of mortality from a cardiovascular event, a 37% reduction in cancer mortality and a 34% reduction in all-cause mortality when compared with people who consumed 312 mg daily (the lowest amount).

Researchers from a variety of institutions and universities in Spain conducted the study. It was published on November 20, 2013, in The Journal of Nutrition.

Magnesium is necessary for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Previous studies have found that higher intakes of magnesium may reduce the risk of diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and osteoporosis.

Eating more magnesium rich foods such as green leafy vegetables, meats, starches, grains, nuts and milk is one way to increase your magnesium intake. Taking a supplement is also a good option.

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