I have much to be thankful for in this life. But one of the things I’m most grateful for is the time I spent under the mentorship of Dr. Robert C. Atkins.
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. Nearly every piece of nutritional guidance I give you, I learned first from Dr. Atkins. More than 25 years later, his legacy as one of the greatest pioneers in the field of complementary medicine remains strong. And I’m incredibly grateful for the knowledge I gained during the five years that we worked together.
Dr. Atkins was a true visionary. And studies like the one I want to share with you today serve as undeniable proof.
Research published recently in the Nutrition Journal demonstrates that higher blood levels of magnesium may slash risk of high blood pressure nearly in half. And cut risk of coronary artery calcification by almost as much.
But while this study might be new, its findings are anything but. Dr. Atkins taught me the critical association between magnesium and heart health more than a quarter of a century ago.
I spend so much time sharing the newest and greatest innovations with you, sometimes I forget to reiterate how important the old tried-and-true standbys still are.
But this new study gives me a good opportunity to offer up a reminder.
Researchers assessed the magnesium levels of 1,276 Mexican subjects between the ages of 30 and 75. And notably, none of these subjects had any symptoms of heart disease whatsoever.
Nevertheless, results showed that subjects who had the highest blood levels of magnesium had a 48 percent lower risk of high blood pressure, and a 42 percent lower risk of coronary artery calcificaton (more commonly known as “hardened arteries”).
If that wasn’t impressive enough, get this: Higher magnesium levels also correlated to a 69 percent lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
That might sound like a shocking feat for a humble mineral like magnesium. But really, these results just underscore how essential this nutrient is.
Magnesium boosts endothelial function, which is an essential aspect of heart health. It also combats inflammation — the driving force behind every chronic condition in the book.
But that’s hardly all. Magnesium plays a role in just about every process in your body. Everything from bone, tooth, and protein sythesis… to maintaining energy, electrolyte balance, metabolism, and healthy muscle and nerve function.
All told, magnesium is required for hundreds of your body’s biochemical reactions. It’s one of the nutrients that quite literally keeps you going — maintaining steady heart rhythm, managing your blood sugar, modulating your immunity, and more.
If you’re not getting enough magnesium, suffice it to say that you’re going to run into some very serious problems. So let this latest study be a reminder to you to include this essential nutrient into your daily regimen — whether you’re currently battling heart disease or not.
There are many different types of magnesium on the market. The ones I prefer for heart protection are the orotate and taurate versions. I usually recommend 32 mg of magnesium orotate or 125 mg of magnesium taurate per day.
But don’t forget: Magnesium is just one of the nutrients your heart needs to operate at peak performance. For the complete rundown on all of the heart-healthy recommendations I give my patients, check out my report The World’s Easiest Heart Disease Cure.