A new study, including almost 1,300 participants, from the National Institute of Cardiology in Mexico City has found a link between low levels of magnesium and higher risk of high blood pressure and heart problems.
First of all, when comparing against people with low levels of magnesium, the study found that people with higher levels of magnesium in their blood (greater than 2.18mg/dl) benefited from the following:
- 48% lower odds of having high blood pressure
- 69% lower odds of having type 2 diabetes
- 42% lower odds of having coronary artery disease
Furthermore, there is growing evidence to support the benefits of supplementing with magnesium tablets, with The National Institutes of Health (NIH) advising that it is also helping to maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keep heart rhythms steady, support a healthy immune system and keep bones strong.
The European Food Standard Agency (EFSA) has recently reported the importance of maintaining normal bones and teeth, reducing tiredness and fatigue and improving muscle contraction.
Deficiency is very common. Magnesium can be excreted by the body when we are stressed and consuming a high caffeine, high sugar diet. Due to this, if you fidget, have restless legs, suffer from anxiety you could need more.