Magnesium Linked to Better Heart Health
Heart problems are the leading cause of death in the United States. A recent study suggests that having higher blood levels of magnesium may lower the risk of hypertension by as much as 50% and the risk of coronary artery calcification by 42%.
Participants in the study included 1,276 people between the ages of 30 and 75, none of whom had symptoms of cardiovascular disease at the beginning of the study.
The researchers found that participants with the highest average serum levels of magnesium, defined as more than 2.18 mg/dl, had a 48% lower chance of having high blood pressure, a 69% lower chance of having type 2 diabetes, and a 42% lower chance of having coronary artery calcification when compared with participants with the lowest serum levels, defined as less than 1.97 mg/dl.
The researchers noted that this study highlighted correlation, not causation, and that more research was needed to determine whether or not higher magnesium serum levels cause better heart health.
Researchers from the National Institute of Cardiology in Mexico City conducted the study. It was published on March 1, 2016, in the journal 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.