Researchers from the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at Indiana University report that use of supplements containing magnesium is linked to improvements in blood pressure.  The team surveyed 34 clinical trials conducted with a total of over 2000 subjects to look at the impact of taking magnesium supplements on blood pressure.  This analysis comes at a time when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently estimating that 1 in 3 Americans (About 70 million adults in total) suffer from high blood pressure.

Results of the analysis report that reductions in blood pressure were found with daily use of supplements containing magnesium (approximately 368 mg per day) when taken for three months.  These improvements in blood pressure equated to reductions of between 1 to 2 mm Hg in the blood pressure values for participants on average.  Those taking the supplements were found to have higher blood levels of magnesium than those taking placebo pills, which suggests the benefits may be due to the magnesium.  This is good news for the millions of Americans who suffer from hypertension (elevated blood pressure) as it offers a potential inexpensive and easy solution to begin to help address this concern, whether through use of improved magnesium intake from foods, from supplements, or from a combination of the two.  For women the current Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for magnesium is 310-320 mg per day.  For men the RDA is 400-420 mg per day.  Good sources of magnesium include spinach (80 mg per half cup boiled) and other leafy greens, as well as nuts and beans (all foods that are part of the 3STEPDiet Program).

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Source: Hypertension, online July, 2016