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Friday, 15 July 2016
Sales of Magnesium supplements in Ireland increased dramatically over the past few years, primarily due to the influx of large numbers of Eastern Europeans who are accustomed to using magnesium supplements as part of the medical practices prevalent in their home countries.
With high blood pressure affecting around one third of the adult population and thus increasing the risk of two leading causes of death – heart disease and stroke - preventing or controlling blood pressure is an essential healthcare objective.
Sometimes called the "silent killer," due to often having no warning signs or symptoms, high blood pressure is a common and often dangerous condition.
Magnesium is already recognized as essential in the body. It has been widely documented to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, maintain a steady heartbeat, support a healthy immune system, and help bones to remain strong. The new report details positive results that show an association between a daily intake of magnesium and a reduction in blood pressure.
The researchers found that those participants who had a median of 368 mg of magnesium daily for an average of 3 months recorded a decrease in systolic blood pressure of 2.00 mm Hg and a decrease in diastolic blood pressure of 1.78 mm Hg.
"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." writes Yiqing Song, M.D., Sc.D., lead author.
Elevated blood magnesium levels were associated with an improvement in blood flow, which has been named as a factor linked to lowered blood pressure. Song and colleagues also observed that patients who had an intake of 300 mg of magnesium per day had elevated blood magnesium levels and reduced blood pressure within a month.
All agree that adequate magnesium intake should preferably be achieved through a healthy diet. Magnesium is found in green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains. But this is not often easy as demonstrated by the large numbers of hypertensives with inadequate levels of magnesium in their diets. Supplements are safe and inexpensive adjuncts to complement therapy for hypertension.