Today I’m going to reveal one of the most important minerals for supporting healthy blood pressure and improving your heart’s health.
In fact, research has demonstrated1-3 the vital role this mineral plays in your cardiovascular health, by reducing your risk for heart problems and plaque build-up in your arteries.
This invaluable mineral is important to the health of every cell and organ, playing a role in over 600 different reactions in your body.
So what mineral am I speaking of?…
When magnesium levels are low, you can have major problems with your muscles and organs.
Symptoms of a deficiency can include unexplained fatigue or muscle weakness, abnormal heart rhythms, eye twitches, muscle spasms, restlessness, insomnia, and even hair loss.
Unfortunately, determining a deficiency of magnesium from a simple blood sample isn’t possible, because only 1 percent of the magnesium in your body is found in your bloodstream. Instead, most of your magnesium will be found stored in your bones and organs.
It is quite possible to be unaware of a deficiency, which is why it has been dubbed the “invisible deficiency.” Some researchers estimate that up to 80% of Americans do not get enough magnesium from their diet to replace the magnesium lost.1
I bring this up because studies have shown that less than 25% of US adults are getting the minimum requirements for magnesium – which is only about 300 mg for women and 400 mg for men.2
Even more concerning to your overall health, these amounts are just barely enough to stop your body from experiencing the overt symptoms of a deficiency, but not enough to support optimal health.
Magnesium & Blood Pressure
I could go on and on about the importance of Magnesium, but I hope you get the point. However, today I want to focus on lowering your blood pressure.
If you didn’t already know, 1 out of 3 Americans (33%) suffers from blood pressure problems.3 … Sadly, ½ of these people don’t even know they have heart problems, and less than 20% have this under control.3
In fact, having blood pressure problems is known as the “silent killer” because there are no real symptoms. Other than getting your blood pressure tested regularly, it’s hard to tell if yours will be elevated or if it’s normal.
However, the good news is that in a clinical study5, people who had the highest levels of serum magnesium had a
- 48% lower risk of blood pressure problems
- 69% lower risk of blood sugar problems
- 42% lower risk for CAC, which is the hardening of your arteries.
All very positive for your heart and overall health.
Better Than A Drug?
One type of drug prescribed for blood pressure is “calcium channel blockers”. These are medicines that relax and widen blood vessels, therefore allowing the blood to flow through the blood vessels smoothly, supporting healthy blood pressure.
The good news is that magnesium acts like a calcium channel blocker, easing blood vessel flow and lowering blood pressure – naturally, without any synthetic drugs.
It was found in a human clinical study6 of more than 8,500 people that a higher intake of magnesium may decrease the risk of blood pressure problems.
Where To Get Your Magnesium From
Unfortunately, getting optimal magnesium levels can be difficult because most foods are depleted of vitamins and minerals. And most supplements of magnesium are poorly absorbed.
As far as the best “magnesium-rich” foods, most of it is greens and vegetables:
|Spinach||Beet greens||Collard greens|
|Turnip greens||Broccoli||Brussels sprouts|
|Kale||Bok choy||Romaine lettuce|
Raw seeds: Pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower have the highest
Raw nuts: Cashews, almonds, and Brazil nuts are the best sources
Fatty fish: Wild-caught Alaskan salmon and mackerel are the best sources
Unfortunately, getting optimal magnesium levels can be difficult because most foods are depleted of vitamins and minerals.
Obviously, taking a pill is a lot easier and more efficient. Unfortunately, there are about 9 common forms of magnesium supplements, which can get very confusing.
- Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate
- Magnesium Oxide
- Magnesium Citrate
- Magnesium Orotate
- Magnesium Chloride
- Magnesium Lactate
- Magnesium Sulfate
- Magnesium Carbonate
- Magnesium Glycinate, Malate & Taurates
The difference between all of these is that some are better absorbed than others. Some will cause diarrhea at a higher dosage. Some are better at relaxing your muscles. Some are better at reducing your stress… etc., etc.
So What’s The Best Form?
Over the years, I’ve tested many different forms and combinations and I’ve discovered the best is a combination of 4 different magnesium, which are clinically proven for maximum absorption:
- TRAACS® Magnesium Glycinate
- Amino Acid Chelate
- Albion® Di-Magnesium Malate
- Magnesium Citrate
In fact, when this combination is added to other herbs and vitamins, you will support healthy blood pressure WITHOUT any change in your diet or exercise.