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Magnesium May Help Women Avoid Sudden Cardiac Death

Posted Jul 11 2011 10:05pm

As  I’ve said before, magnesium is might mineral  - an unsung nutritional hero. Research published earlier this year further supports this viewpoint by examining the relationship between magnesium intake and women’s risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) . The study included more than 88,000 women, who were followed for 26 years. Researchers found that women with the highest levels of magnesium in their blood had a whopping 41 percent reduction in SCD risk!

It’s important to note that the study looked at dietary intake of magnesium as well as the level of magnesium in the subjects’ blood. The researchers did not give magnesium supplements to the women in the study, so we cannot conclude from these results that taking supplemental magnesium would lower women’s SCD risk. As I always say, it’s best to get most of your nutrients from food –  where they are most bio-available and best absorbed.

A wide variety of nutritious whole foods are good sources of magnesium. Try to include some of the following foods in your meals on a daily basis:

  • Avocados
  • Almonds
  • Leafy green vegetables, such as spinach, kale and collard greens
  • Broccoli
  • Black and white beans
  • Peas
  • Lentils
  • Scallops
  • Sesame seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Almonds
  • Brazil nuts
  • Whole grains
Be Well,

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