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Magnesium May Reduce Cardiac Death For Women

Women with higher intakes of magnesium may have a significantly lower risk of dying from sudden cardiac arrest according to a recent study by Harvard researchers. The study was published in the October 2010 issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Magnesium is an essential mineral which plays a role in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It is found naturally in green leafy vegetables, meats, starches, grains, nuts and milk. While it is present in a number of foods, most Americans do not consume the recommended daily amount which is 320mg for women and 420mg for men.

For the study the researchers analyzed data from 88,375 women participating in the Nurses' Health Study.

The women were followed for 26 years and during that time 505 cases of sudden cardiac death were reported.

When the researchers compared women with the highest magnesium intake to those with the lowest intakes they found a 37% increased risk of sudden cardiac death among women with the lowest intake.

These findings add to the quickly growing body of scientific evidence highlighting the benefits of magnesium. 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 like green leafy vegetables is one way to increase your magnesium intake. Taking a supplement is also a safe, easy option.

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