3 Ways Magnesium Can Help Your Heart

Attractive woman symboling love heartIt’s no secret that heart disease is the leading cause of death in Australia and world-wide, yet it’s also a disease that is very easily prevented by dietary, lifestyle changes and also nutrient supplementation. Magnesium is the number one heart mineral and has numerous scientific research studies and clinical trials proving its benefits for the heart.

 

Magnesium’s Cardiovascular Benefits:
 1. High Blood Pressure

Research clearly shows that Magnesium deficiency is common in people who suffer from high blood pressure and that supplementation with Magnesium can assist in lowering elevated blood pressure.  Adding to this, many people on blood pressure medication such as diuretics often have increased excretion of Magnesium in their urine, further increasing the need for Magnesium supplementation.

2.  Heart Palpitations – Arrhythmia

This is when a person has changes in the rhythm of the heartbeat either in time or force. Magnesium plays an important role in maintaining the electrical impulses which keep the heart beat steady. Research shows that Magnesium deficiencies are often associated with arrhythmia and Magnesium supplementation can help to reduce arrhythmia.

3.  Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis is when there is a ‘hardening’ of the arteries, in which plaque develop on the inner walls of the arteries, obstructing blood circulation. Magnesium has a beneficial effect in the prevention of plaques forming on the arterial walls, by helping maintain the functional integrity of the vascular wall. Adding to this, patients with low Magnesium levels have the highest risk of coronary heart disease.

 

By maintaining healthy blood pressure, heart rhythm and reducing the formation of atherosclerotic plaques, the risk of heart disease and heart attack is greatly reduced. A large five-year population based study in Germany found that low Magnesium levels were associated with a significantly higher mortality rate from cardiovascular disease, making the argument for Magnesium supplementation for heart health very compelling.

 

Cardiovascular conditions should always be treated by your healthcare professional. Find out about your Magnesium status by taking the Magnesium Minute Survey.

 

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