Along with high blood pressure, cholesterol, and obesity—there’s an overlooked danger that can put you at risk for heart disease. And unfortunately, because mainstream doctors can’t prescribe a drug for it, they often completely ignore it.
I’m talking about low levels of magnesium.
As Dr. Pescatore points out in his Ultimate Heart-Protection Protocol, as many as 80 percent of Americans aren’t even hitting the official daily recommended intake of magnesium. And that’s a big problem given the positive effects proper magnesium levels can have on the heart…
Shocking feats for a humble mineral
Research published recently in the Nutrition Journal demonstrates that higher levels of magnesium may slash the risk of high blood pressure nearly in half—and cut the risk of coronary artery calcification by almost as much.
In this study, researchers assessed magnesium levels of more than 1,200 people between the ages of 30 and 75. Results showed that people 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 calcification, more commonly known as “hardened arteries.”
And Dr. Pescatore adds, “If that wasn’t impressive enough, get this: Higher magnesium levels also correlated with a 69 percent lower risk of type 2 diabetes, which is especially important since most people who develop diabetes die of heart disease.”
Dr. Pescatore cites another study that included more than 7,000 participants that showed that people with the highest magnesium intake had a 59 percent reduction in the risk of heart-related death.
Magnesium works by preventing abnormal clotting, reducing inflammation, and enhances endothelial function—an essential factor in cardiovascular health.
Dr. Pescatore elaborates: “The endothelium is the delicate lining of your blood vessels, responsible for relaxing and dilating arteries and veins—in other words, for lowering your blood pressure and keeping your arteries resistant to calcification.”
But magnesium does more than help your heart. All told, magnesium is required for hundreds of your body’s biochemical reactions. It’s one of the nutrients that essentially keeps your bodily systems humming—maintaining steady heart rhythm, managing your blood sugar, strengthening your immunity, and more.
If you’re not getting enough magnesium, you could run into some very serious heart and health problems. So how can you add this miracle mineral to your diet? Dr. Pescatore explains…
Getting the right magnesium type is essential
As you can imagine, Dr. Pescatore has been recommending supplemental magnesium for many years—especially for those with cardiovascular issues.
But here’s where it gets a little tricky because there are many different types of magnesium supplements on the market…
“For my patients,” Dr. Pescatore says, “I usually recommend 60 mg of magnesium orotate or 125 mg of magnesium taurate per day.” But he specifically discourages the use of magnesium citrate, which he says is good for loosening your bowels, but won’t do a thing for your heart.
And of course, adding magnesium-rich foods is also important. These foods include:
- Cruciferous vegetables—broccoli and cauliflower
- Nuts—almonds and cashews
- Fruits—figs and avocado
- Legumes—black beans and kidney beans
- Seafood—salmon and tuna
As important as magnesium is, Dr. Pescatore notes that it’s just one of the nutrients your heart needs. For details about other essential heart-supporting minerals, refer to Dr. Pescatore’s Ultimate Heart-Protection Protocol, or click here to get started right away.