Magnesium is one of the most important herbal minerals which can be found in a great deal of natural foods. Beans, nuts or leafy greens are considered the richest natural sources of magnesium. According to the findings of a latest international research, those who consume a great deal of foods rich in magnesium have must better cardiovascular health and can substantially lower their risks of having a stroke. These findings about a magnesium rich diet were recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
An international team of scientists analyzed the data on about 250,000 people and came to the conclusion that those people who consume great amounts of beans, whole grains, legumes, green vegetables and nuts, had much less cardiovascular problems, starting from increased blood pressure and ending up with heart disease and stroke. This information included personal data and medical histories of the people collected for over the last 45 years. At that, there were records of the people who live in all continents, but mainly from the United States, Asia and European countries.
The scientists found out that among 250,000 people who had a healthy magnesium rich diet, only less that three per cent suffered from an ischemic stroke, that is much lower than a usual average. In general, the experts say that by consuming every extra 100 mg of magnesium we can lower the risks of ischemic stroke by as much as nine per cent. Susanna Larsson, one of the study leaders and a professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, wrote in the report: “Dietary magnesium intake is inversely associated with risk of stroke, specifically ischemic stroke.” In addition, she underlined that the proposed diet is one of the healthiest.
During the study it was also found out that in modern times, average magnesium consumption in the United States is about 240 mg a day. At the same time, the recommended dose of this mineral for the adults aged over 31 is 420 mg a day for men, and 320 mg a day for women. Other experts point on the importance of taking numerous health benefits of magnesium and underline that a magnesium rich diet can help improve our health. Larry Goldstein, a specialist at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, said: “It’s a diet that’s rich in fruits, vegetables and grains. Those are things that have low sodium, high potassium and high magnesium.”
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