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Magnesium Is Key Ingredient to Stroke Prevention

By    |   Tuesday, 26 Jul 2016 07:32 PM

Magnesium is an essential mineral for organs and tissues throughout the body. Stroke prevention is among its potential benefits.

Food sources that are rich in magnesium include green leafy vegetables, whole grain foods, nuts, and beans. Diets with high amounts of magnesium have been found to reduce the risk for stroke, WebMD reports.

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A review of seven studies, which included 240,000 people, revealed those with the highest amounts of magnesium in their diets had the lowest rates of stroke, according to researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Magnesium was beneficial even with other factors, such as blood pressure and diabetes, were taken into account, the reviewers reported in the February 2012 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

High blood pressure and cholesterol are risk factors of stroke. Magnesium helps to relax the muscles in blood vessels to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, Prevention reports. Research indicates magnesium may lower the “bad” LDL cholesterol that clogs the arteries while raising the “good” HDL cholesterol that helps to clean the arteries.

Research on taking magnesium supplements has had mixed results. Patients can discuss supplementing their diet with a doctor or dietitian. Berkeley Wellness advises getting magnesium through food sources to lower the risk of stroke.

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While inadequate blood flow to the heart can cause heart disease or heart attack, interrupted blood supply to the brain can lead to a stroke. The interruption of blood flow could cause a blood clot or the burst of a blood vessel in the brain, then brain cells die because they no longer receive oxygen or nutrients from the blood.

Symptoms of stroke include weakness or numbness in the face, one side of the body, the arms, or the legs. There may be sudden loss of vision or speech. Unexplained dizziness or severe headaches may occur.

Magnesium sulfate has been used in the treatment of stroke, but more research is needed to verify its effectiveness.

Magnesium is involved in the body’s energy production and may be helpful for stroke victims who need energy for recovery, says Dr. Stephen Sinatra, an integrative cardiologist. He also recommends CoQ10, L-carnitine, and D-ribose.

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