Up Your Magnesium Intake for Better Health
Upping your intake of foods containing magnesium can help you ward off disease and live longer. That’s what researchers found when they looked at 40 studies on magnesium, an essential mineral that helps keep the body’s cells alive. It’s found in whole grains, leafy greens, and nuts, but some people don’t eat enough of those. About 3 to 15 percent of the general population is magnesium deficient. Through the analysis of studies, which together involved 1 million participants and lasted from four to 30 years, researchers found that the more magnesium-rich foods people reported consuming, the lower their risk for stroke, heart failure, and diabetes, and the longer they lived. Focus on foods rich in magnesium, however, not supplements.
Source: BMC Medicine, published online Dec. 7, 2016