Magnesium is an essential mineral that is
required to sustain healthy blood vessels, generate cellular energy,
and maintain healthy nerve and muscle function. Required to perform more
than 300 critical biochemical reactions throughout the body, magnesium
is especially important to heart health as it is known to help maintain
healthy heart rhythm and blood pressure. The results of research
conducted at the Harvard Medical School show the importance of magnesium
to lower risk of death from sudden cardiac death. Adding more
magnesium-rich foods to your diet will dramatically improve your chances
of surviving a heart attack.
High Magnesium from Diet Critical to Heart Health
Obtaining sufficient magnesium from your diet can be difficult due to
poor farming practices that provide 75% lower yield of the mineral in
harvested crops as compared to a century ago. The result of a study
published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition provides
evidence that women with the highest dietary intake of magnesium were
41% less likely to suffer a fatal cardiac event.
The study followed more than 88,000 women over a period of 30 years and
examined magnesium intake as well as other vital nutrients and lifestyle
factors. Women in the highest quartile for dietary magnesium
consumption experienced the highest degree of protection from sudden
cardiac death. The study authors determined that 291 lives were spared
in the study group for those women with the highest magnesium intake.
The study authors concluded: "In this prospective cohort of women,
higher plasma concentrations and dietary magnesium intakes were
associated with lower risks of sudden cardiac death. If the observed
association is causal, interventions directed at increasing dietary or
plasma magnesium might lower the risk of sudden cardiac death."
Adding Magnesium to Your Diet
Rich sources of magnesium can be obtained from a diet high in green
leafy vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. The minimum recommended daily
allowance for the mineral is set at 320 mg per day for women while men
need 420 mg. Studies indicate that the vast majority of adults are
deficient in their daily intake, despite their best efforts to eat a
diet enriched with magnesium.
Magnesium exists is a number of different forms in nature and current
research demonstrates that it is important to consume a variety of
different food sources to ensure maximum bioavailability. Many people
are best advised to supplement as diet may not be a reliable source of
this critical mineral.
Magnesium Improves Insulin Resistance
Magnesium works together with calcium to regulate blood sugar and assist
the normal function of insulin. The results of a study published in the
American Journal of Epidemiology show that women with the highest
intake of magnesium from diet or supplements are associated with a 27%
lower risk of developing suboptimal insulin function. Those individuals
with the lowest levels of circulating magnesium are 25% to 38% more
likely to develop insulin resistance resulting in poor blood glucose
We don`t traditionally think much about our daily intake of magnesium,
yet research confirms the essential and critical nature of this mineral.
Important to a wide variety of organic functions throughout the body,
magnesium has risen to superstar status for its demonstrated ability to
prevent sudden heart failure and regulate insulin function. Carefully
monitor your diet and supplement as necessary to ensure proper magnesium
intake and dramatically lower your risk of sudden cardiac death.
About the author
John Phillip is a Health Researcher and Author who writes regularly on
the cutting edge use of diet, lifestyle modifications and targeted
supplementation to enhance and improve the quality and length of life.
John is the author of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan', a comprehensive
EBook explaining how to use Diet, Exercise, Mind and Targeted
Supplementation to achieve your weight loss goal. Visit My Optimal
Health Resource to continue reading the latest health news updates, and
to download your Free 48 page copy of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan'.