Mag­ne­sium

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Mag­ne­sium is an es­sen­tial min­eral for gen­eral good health, af­fect­ing ev­ery cell in our bod­ies. Ac­cord­ing to a new meta-anal­y­sis by re­searchers from Zhe­jiang Uni­ver­sity and Zhengzhou Uni­ver­sity in China, a diet rich in mag­ne­sium may re­duce the risk of dis­eases in­clud­ing coro­nary heart dis­ease, stroke and type 2 di­a­betes. This anal­y­sis of the ev­i­dence on health out­comes in­volved data from more than one mil­lion peo­ple across nine coun­tries. They found peo­ple in the high­est cat­e­gory of di­etary mag­ne­sium con­sump­tion had a 10 per cent lower risk of coro­nary heart dis­ease, 12 per cent lower risk of stroke and a 26 per cent lower risk of type 2 di­a­betes com­pared to those in the low­est cat­e­gory. Their re­sults also in­di­cate that an ex­tra 100mg per day of di­etary mag­ne­sium could re­duce risk of stroke by 7 per cent and type 2 di­a­betes by 19 per cent.

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