Elevate Christian Network :: Health and WellnessAccording to laboratory studies, people who took magnesium supplements had lower blood pressure after three months compared with people who did not take magnesium supplements.
“With its relative safety and low cost, magnesium supplements could be considered as an option for lowering blood pressure in high-risk persons or hypertension patients,” lead author Dr. Yiqing Song, an associate professor of epidemiology at Indiana University, said in a statement. [Heart Disease: Types, Prevention & Treatment]
The researchers found that taking 368 mg of magnesium supplements daily for three months reduced people’s systolic blood pressure by an average of 2 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg), and reduced their diastolic blood pressure by an average of 1.8 mm Hg. (Systolic blood pressure is the top number in a blood pressure reading; diastolic blood pressure is the bottom number.)
Health Benefits of Taking Magnesium Supplements
After further analyzing the data, the researchers concluded that taking 300 mg of magnesium supplements daily for one month could result in lower blood pressure and higher levels of magnesium in the blood.
Indeed, the mechanisms for how magnesium lowers blood pressure “have been confirmed by laboratory studies,” the researchers wrote. The mineral helps to prevent blood vessels from constricting, which can increase blood pressure and has been shown to improve blood flow, for example.
(Dr. Sam Robbins) Today I’m going to reveal one of the most important minerals for lowering high blood pressure and improving your heart’s health.
In fact, research has demonstrated1-3 the vital role this mineral plays in your cardiovascular health, by reducing your risk for hypertension, stroke, heart attack and plaque build-up in your arteries.
This invaluable mineral is important to the health of every cell and organ, playing a role in over 600 different reactions in your body.
So what mineral am I speaking of?… It’s Magnesium! When magnesium levels are low, you can have major problems in your muscles and organs.
Symptoms of a deficiency can include unexplained fatigue or muscle weakness, abnormal heart rhythms, eye twitches, muscle spasms, restlessness, insomnia and even hair loss.
It is quite possible to be unaware of a deficiency, which is why it has been dubbed the “invisible deficiency.” Some researchers estimate that up to 80% of American do not get enough magnesium from their diet to replace the magnesium lost.(1)
I bring this up because studies have shown that less than 25% of US adults are getting the minimum requirements for magnesium – which is only about 300 mgs for women and 400 mgs for men.(2)
Magnesium & Blood Pressure
I could go on and on about the importance of Magnesium, but I hope you get the point. However, today I want to focus on lowering your blood pressure.
If you didn’t already know, 1 out of 3 Americans (33%) suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension).3 … which can increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Sadly, ½ of these people don’t even know they have hypertension and less than 20% have this under control.(3)
In fact, having high blood pressure is known as the “silent killer” because there are no real symptoms. Other than getting your blood pressure tested regularly, it’s hard to tell if yours will be elevated or if it’s normal.
However, the good news is that in a clinical study5, people who had the highest levels of serum magnesium, had a
48% lower risk of hypertension; 69% lower risk of type 2 diabetes; and 42% lower risk for CAC, which is the hardening of your arteries. All very positive for your heart and overall health.
Better Than A Drug?
One type of drug prescribed for hypertension are “calcium channel blockers”. These are medicines which relax and widen blood vessels, therefore allowing the blood to flow through the blood vessels smoothly, lowering blood pressure.
The good news is that magnesium acts like a calcium channel blocker, easing blood vessel flow and lowering blood pressure – naturally, without any synthetic drugs. It was found in a human clinical study6 of more than 8,500 people that a higher intake of magnesium may decrease the risk of high blood pressure.
Where To Get Your Magnesium From
Unfortunately, getting optimal magnesium levels can be difficult because most foods are depleted of vitamins and mineral. And most supplements of magnesium are poorly absorbed.
As far as best “magnesium-rich” foods, most of it is greens and vegetables: Spinach, Beet greens, Collard greens, Turnip greens, Broccoli, Raw seeds, Raw nuts and Fatty fish.
Obviously, taking a pill a lot easier and more efficient. Unfortunately, there are about 9 common forms of magnesium supplements, which can get very confusing. These include: Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate, Magnesium Oxide and Magnesium Citrate.
So What’s The Best Form?
Over the years, I’ve tested many different forms and combinations and I’ve discovered the best is a combination of 4 different magnesium’s, which are clinically proven for maximum absorption: TRAACS® Magnesium Glycinate,
Amino Acid Chelate, Albion® Di-Magnesium Malate and Magnesium Citrate.
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