For decades, researchers have known that magnesium is a key mineral in preventing heart attacks. Here's what you need to know about magnesium's effect on heart attacks.
According to The New York Times
, British researchers discovered that magnesium injections saved nearly a quarter of heart attack patients that they studied from heart failure and death.
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Prevention magazine reported that magnesium
is good for heart health in a couple of ways:
1. Helps Lower Blood Pressure
Magnesium, working in conjunction with calcium, contributes to the ebb and flow of blood in the circulatory system. A deficiency in magnesium creates an imbalance and increases the exertion from pumping blood.
2. Promotes Reduced Cholesterol Levels
Lower cholesterol lessens the likelihood of plaque buildup in the arteries. Blockages created by plaque in the bloodstream are the main cause of heart attacks.
Magnesium is available in multivitamins and supplements, but the most absorbable sources of the mineral can be consumed as part of the diet.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center
, there are many foods that provide good sources of magnesium:
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- Agar seaweed
- Baked potatoes (with skin)
- Blackstrap molasses
- Chocolate and cocoa powder
- Green leafy vegetables, including beet greens and spinach
- Nuts and seeds: almonds, black walnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, peanuts, pine nuts, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, and squash seeds
- Soybean flour
- Spice and herbs: basil, celery seed, coriander, cumin seed, dill weed, dried mustard, fennel seed, marjoram, poppy seed, sage, savory, and tarragon
- Whole grains and oatmeal, wheat bran, oat flour, shredded wheat, and whole wheat flour
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