When 9,820 study participants were tested for blood magnesium levels, this is what was found.

The participants with low magnesium levels had increased atherosclerosis (Kieboom BC, et al. 2016). The carotid intima media thickness was increased, that’s the inner layer of the blood vessel wall.

There seems, however, to be even more to the benefits of magnesium than that of decreased buildup in the arteries, even if that’s quite a nice benefit by itself.

The relationship with magnesium, coronary heart disease and sudden cardiac death could still not be explained fully.

There is plenty of evidence showing that low magnesium levels are associated with coronary artery calcification.

Measuring blood magnesium levels and using computed tomography in 34,553 study participants, documented that low magnesium levels were associated with coronary artery calcification (Lee SY, et al. 2015).

Even if blood levels of magnesium is within normal limits, it’s still possible to not have enough in other tissue.

This is easy to correct by taking magnesium in a well absorbed form that does not cause gastrointestinal irritation. Magnesium oxide(which is the most common form because it’s cheap) tends to cause gastrointestinal irritation.

The best form is an amino acid chelate like magnesium glycinate which is better absorbed without causing irritation.


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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  • Author: Didrik Sopler
  • Published: 2020-03-28
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