A new Harvard study has shown that increasing levels of magnesium may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. In fact the study showed specifically a 22% reduction in the risk of ischemic heart disease with increased circulation of magnesium in the blood of 313,041 people included in the study. The overall findings showed that increasing magnesium, such as from foods such a nuts, seeds and vegetables, helped raise circulating magnesium in the blood to have this dramatic affect on supporting heart health. With coronary heart disease still the number onecause of death it shows the importance of addressing magnesium deficiencies.
Magnesium is also critical for many other areas of our health such as supporting bone health, energy production, blood pressure,muscle health and blood sugar balance. With its structural and functional role in over 300 other biochemical reactions thought the body including detoxification processes we really can’t optimally function without luxury levels of this key mineral. Almost 80% of people do not currently meet the recommended daily magnesium intake, highlighting the importance of ensuring the diet is rich in this essential mineral. However, it can be difficult to obtain optimal on a daily basis. Magnesium supplements may be necessary but which supplement to choose from when there are so many on the market? Magnesium in organic form, such as magnesium citrate, ensures enhanced absorption and bioavailability over an inorganic form such a magnesium oxide. Citrates also do not have any of the unwanted laxative side effects of inorganic oxides!
Del Gobbo et al (2013) Circulating and dietary magnesium and risk of cardiovascular disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies. Am J Clin Nutr