- While medical doctors have focused on cholesterol as the problem and prescribed statins for more than 20 years, this has not changed the fact that heart disease is still the #1 killer in the US.
Looking for a way to decrease your risk of developing coronary heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes?
Now, new research reveals strong results from starting a simple new habit, that is consuming an extra 100 milligrams (mg) of magnesium via your food daily.
Researchers at Zhejiang University and Zhengzhou University in China found that more than 1-M people across 9 countries who consumed the most magnesium tested out with a 10% lower risk of coronary heart disease, a 12% lower stroke risk and a 26% lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
Regarding the new research, which was published in Biomed Central, lead study author Fudi Wang, PhD, explains:
“Low levels of magnesium in the body have been associated with a range of diseases, but no conclusive evidence has been put forward on the link between dietary magnesium and health risks.
Our meta-analysis provides the most up-to-date evidence supporting a link between the role of magnesium in food and reducing the risk of disease … Our findings will be important for informing the public and policy makers on dietary guidelines to reduce magnesium deficiency-related health risks.”
Dr. Wang said in a Medical Xpress news release that although current guidelines recommend that men take about 300 mg of magnesium a day, and women 270 mg per day, deficiencies in this mineral are still common, affecting anywhere between 1.5 to 15% of the population.
The researchers hope this new information serves to not just encourage people to make sure they’re getting adequate magnesium, but to prompt policy makers to change dietary guidelines, which could diminish the number of magnesium deficiency-related diseases.
Naturally Combat Heart-Related Disease, Eat Magnesium-Rich Foods
Magnesium is the 4th-most abundant mineral in the human body, and more than 300 enzymes rely on it to carry out normal muscle and nerve function related to energy, relaxed blood vessels, good teeth and bone formation and the regulation of insulin and blood sugar levels.
Magnesium helps the body detox from toxins and helps synthesize glutathione.
It also plays a vital role in the body’s mitochondrial performance, and in improving your energy level. One very positive aspect of this mineral is that when your body has taken in the optimal amount, it simply flushes the rest away.
Scientists recommend taking 200 mg daily, but age and sex are factors to consider when considering supplements.
Foods containing magnesium include:
- Collard greens
- Swiss chard
- Turnip greens
- Beet greens
- Brussels sprouts
- Bok choy
- Romaine lettuce
- Raw cacao
- Nuts and Seeds
- Fruits and Berries
Fatty fish like wild-caught Alaskan Salmon, seeds, including pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, nuts, including cashews, almonds and Brazil nuts, and herbs and spices, including chives, coriander, cumin, parsley, mustard seeds, fennel, basil and cloves, also contain high amounts of magnesium.
So, it is really easy to include magnesium in your diet daily.