Cardiovascular disease will increase your risk of dying, that is well established. If you could decrease your risk for cardiovascular disease, you would decrease your risk of dying.
The research I review here will show you a very easy way to do that.
The study included 9,820 participants with an average age of 65.1 years(56.8% were women). It showed that a 0.1 mmol/L increase in serum magnesium level was associated with a lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease (Kieboom BC, et al. 2016). Low serum magnesium was associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease mortality and documented accelerated atherosclerosis showing increased carotid intima-media thickness.
Another study included 34,553 participants who underwent coronary multi detector computed tomography and serum magnesium level measurements (Lee SY, et al. 2015). This study found that low serum magnesium level is associated with coronary artery calcification in a population at low risk for cardiovascular disease.
Magnesium can be taken in many forms, but they are not all equally effective.
The most common form of magnesium found in supplements is magnesium oxide because it is very inexpensive.
Magnesium oxide though, can cause diarrhea, and it is not very well absorbed.
Magnesium, in the form of an amino acid chelate, is on the other hand, very well absorbed and does not cause diarrhea. Minerals, however, are best taken in a formula where all of the most important minerals are included because minerals tend to affect each other.
If only one is taken, it may cause a decline of another one.
It is especially not recommended to take calcium by itself since that may cause calcification in vascular tissue and soft tissue.
Magnesium regulates intra and extra cellular calcium.
Kieboom BC1, Niemeijer MN2, Leening MJ3, van den Berg ME4, Franco OH2, Deckers JW5, Hofman A6, Zietse R7, Stricker BH1, Hoorn EJ7. Serum Magnesium and the Risk of Death From Coronary Heart Disease and Sudden Cardiac Death. J Am Heart Assoc. 2016 Jan 22;5(1). pii: e002707. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.115.002707.
Lee SY1, Hyun YY2, Lee KB3, Kim H3. Low serum magnesium is associated with coronary artery calcification in a Korean population at low risk for cardiovascular disease. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2015 Nov;25(11):1056-61. doi: 10.1016/j.numecd.2015.07.010. Epub 2015 Aug 13.
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