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Benefits of Magnesium

February 15, 2013 at 6:16 PM

In a 2009 double blind, placebo-controlled study, patients with congestive heart failure seemed to benefit from magnesium supplementation. In the latest study, from the Harvard Medical School,women who consumed the most magnesium in their diets reduced their riskof sudden cardiac death by 37% compared to those with the lowestintakes. SCD causes 300,000 deaths in the United States per year.

Your body uses magnesium to perform more than 300 biochemical reactions,including those that maintain normal muscle and nerve function and keep your heart rhythm steady. Most people are getting too little dietary magnesium. Eat green leafy vegetables like spinach and swiss chard,which are excellent sources of magnesium. Other sources include some beans, nuts and seeds like almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds. Avocados are also a good source.

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