Try Magnesium for Heart Health
The body loves magnesium. While it’s just listed as a simple mineral and we think nothing of it, it’s used in over 300 reactions in the body such as regulating body temperature and maintaining a proper pH balance. This is important because you don’t want your pH fluctuating all over the place. In fact, this can affect your immune system and open you up to disease.
It’s also important in heart function. Magnesium deficiency have been linked to hypertension and cardiac arrhythmias; this is why researchers are beginning to explore magnesium and its relation to heart health. A meta-analysis studied magnesium and if it can help prevent heart disease through its effects on coronary vascular disease. Results showed that 200 mg of supplementation helped lower the risk for CVD by 30%; furthermore, subjects also had a 22% lower risk for ischemic heart disease (1).
A deficiency can actually be rare because there are a ton of foods loaded with magnesium. By ton, I’m referring to whole grains, green leafy vegetables, almonds, halibut, peanuts, black beans, salmon, avocados…..need I go on? However, the stressors of life, low quality food, and a high training volume may mean that while you’re not deficient, your magnesium levels still aren’t where they should be. In this case, you can supplement. The most popular form is magnesium citrate, but your body won’t absorb all of that. Look for magnesium chelate, ascorbate, and then citrate. Keep in mind that when it comes to supplements, you get what you pay for.
1. Del Gobbo, L.C., Imamura, F., Wu Hy, J., et al. “Circulating and Dietary Magnesium and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease: a Systematic Review of Meta-Analysis of Prospective Studies.” (2013) The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition doi: 10.3945/ajcn.112.053132