Magnesium could help with blood pressure control

The average healthy heart beats upwards of 100,000 times a day, circulating roughly six quarts of blood through your body every three minutes.

In just one day, your blood travels 12,000 miles – the equivalent of halfway around the world.

But if you’ve got atherosclerosis, your heart is trying to force enough blood to fill a four-lane highway into arteries that have hardened and narrowed into a single-lane roadway.

And that causes your blood pressure to skyrocket.

But according to a new study, there’s something that could shave a few points off of your blood pressure – and it’s a miracle mineral that I’ve been singing the praises of for years.

I literally never run out of good things to say about magnesium, when it comes to its importance to your health.

Magnesium can do everything from preventing heart attacks to easing muscle aches and controlling anxiety.

And now, a meta-analysis of 34 clinical trials showed that taking about 300 mg of magnesium daily for three months could drop both systolic (the top number) and diastolic (the bottom number) blood pressure.

This is probably because magnesium is essential for artery health. Previous studies have shown that a diet high in magnesium can cut your risk of atherosclerosis by nearly 60 per cent.

And this hero mineral protects your heart, too – and it can stop a deadly heart attack before it ever strikes.

People with high blood pressure are often told to follow a magnesium-rich diet of shrimp, chicken, nuts, spinach, and eggs – and you’ll get lots of those foods and more by following the “back to basics” Paleo diet.

But since most people don’t get enough magnesium from diet alone, I often suggest a magnesium supplement to my patients.

Oral magnesium supplements are available without a prescription and at your local health food store or vitamin shop, but not all forms of magnesium are created equal! Organic salts of magnesium like lactate and gluconate are the most “bioavailable” – that is, they can be absorbed by your body.

Taking magnesium by mouth doesn’t always do the trick, since your body does need A LOT of this mineral, so at my clinic we often rely on intravenous  (IV) magnesium infusions.

Unfortunately, you can only get IV magnesium from a medical professional, so talk to your own doctor about the best way for you to incorporate magnesium into your nutritional and overall health regimen.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing

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Magnesium Lowers Blood Pressure A Little, medpagetoday.com/Cardiology/Hypertension/59039?xid=nl_mpt_DHE_2016-07-13&eun=g1024616d0r

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