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Magnesium Benefits Your Blood Pressure

Magnesium Benefits Your Blood Pressure

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  • One out of three people have hypertension, or high blood pressure. This is a common and serious health concern, as uncontrolled hypertension can cause heart disease and increase your risk of having a stroke. Fortunately, people who have hypertension can normalize their blood pressure through lifestyle modifications, including getting enough magnesium.
  • Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body and is responsible for the function of over 350 enzymes in your body. One study found significant decreases in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure among people with hypertension after taking a magnesium supplement for just 12 weeks.
  • It's been estimated that up to 80 percent of the population is deficient in this important mineral. The best way to obtain magnesium is to eat green leafy vegetables, where the mineral is organically bound. If you decide to supplement with magnesium, it is important to understand that its complementary partner is calcium.
  • Four other ways to normalize blood pressure include exercising, eating according to your nutritional type, using stress management techniques, and optimizing your vitamin D levels.

Magnesium may reduce blood pressure in people with high blood pressure, according to new findings. The study adds to data from epidemiological studies that have reported more magnesium, potassium, and calcium may reduce your risk of hypertension.

Researchers recruited 155 people to take part in a double-blinded, placebo-controlled, randomized trial. The subjects were randomly assigned to receive either daily supplements of magnesium oxide or a placebo for 12 weeks.

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