In a study published in Hypertension, a journal, disclosed that having adequate dietary magnesium helps in maintaining healthy blood pressure.
Researchers stipulate that an adequate amount of magnesium in body dilates arteries, thus lowering blood pressure.
It is advised that people should eat food rich in magnesium, of which include whole grains, nuts, beans and green leafy vegetables. According to lead researcher Dr. Yiqing Song from Indiana University’s School of Public Health, they were able to gather data from 34 clinical trials on magnesium supplements which had 2000+ people for their study. The people involved were asked to take the supplements ranging from 240 mg to 960 mg. After the data has been assessed, the researchers observed a minute, yet important connection between magnesium intake and robust reductions in blood pressure.
For instance, by taking around 368 mg of magnesium daily for three months, the researchers noticed that it leads to a decline in systolic blood pressure as well as in diastolic blood pressure; meaning, having higher levels of magnesium can be related to blood flow improvement.
As said by the researchers, “This amount of magnesium [368 mg/day] can be obtained from a healthy diet that is consistent with AHA dietary recommendations.”
Penny Kris-Etherton, American Heart Association spokeswoman, says that the study points out the importance of having a healthy diet which incorporates essential nutrients. She then asserted strongly that clinicians should focus on the importance of well-balanced meal instead of stressing on certain benefits. Though the new findings may make monitoring of magnesium levels as an important part of screening for a healthy heart, requirements of magnesium supplements may not be necessary.