Most people get some degree of buildup, calcification of their arteries as they get older which is
not a good thing.
To stay healthy and live longer, it is crucial to have a good blood supply to all tissue, because that
is how we get nutrients and oxygen to the tissue.
We have all had the experience of a temporary restriction of the blood flow to an arm or a leg by
unknowingly laying in a position that cut off the circulation. It does not feel good.
If the heart muscle is not getting enough blood, we get a heart attack.
We know that eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly is important, but what else can you
The following study investigated if magnesium may prevent calcification of the coronary arteries
(Hruby A, et al, 2014).
2,695 participants with an average age of 53 years who were free of cardiovascular disease
underwent Multi-Detector Computed Tomography of the heart and abdomen.
Multiple risk factors were accounted for in the evaluation.
Even the intake of vitamin K which has shown to help prevent artery calcification was accounted for.
The researchers found that the odds of having any coronary artery calcification were 58%
lower and having any abdominal aortic calcification were 34% lower, in those with the
highest compared to those with the lowest magnesium intake.
The authors said this may play a contributing role in magnesium's protective associations in
stroke and fatal coronary heart disease.
When supplementing with magnesium, an amino acid chelate like magnesium glycinate is
recommended. The most common form of magnesium used in supplements is magnesium
oxide which is not absorbed well and can cause gastrointestinal irritation.
Magnesium is also important for many other reasons such as energy production and bone
formation. Ideally, it is better to combine magnesium with other important minerals since
supplementing with only one may cause an imbalance, and the other minerals are also
important for a variety of reasons.
Adela Hruby, Christopher J O'Donnell, Paul F Jacques, James B Meigs, Udo Hoffmann, Nicola
M McKeown, Magnesium Intake Is Inversely Associated With Coronary Artery Calcification: The
Framingham Heart Study,JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2014 Jan;7(1):59-69.