July 31, 2014
Magnesium and Heart Health
Wellness Tip

Magnesium and Heart Health

by Berkeley Wellness  |  

To reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, eat foods rich in magnesium. A recent Harvard analysis in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which pooled data from 16 large studies, linked higher dietary intakes of the mineral to reduced risk of heart attacks, and higher blood levels to lower risk of cardiovascular disease in general.

Because little of the magnesium consumed by people in the studies came from supplements, and because studies on magnesium supplements have had inconsistent results, the best advice is to stick to foods rich in the mineral—leafy greens, whole grains, nuts, beans, seeds and fish. Such foods also contain other nutrients and phytochemicals that help protect the cardiovascular system.