magnesium

  1. Magnesium eases depression as well as drugs do

    Ditch the antidepressants for this simple mineral

    Depression isn't something you can ignore.

    Left unchecked, it'll ruin your life -- and, as a study I shared earlier today found, it could even help END it, too, by quadrupling the risk of death in heart patients.

    But ask your doc for help, and you'll get just the opposite. He'll write you a prescription for an antidepressant, despite the fact that the drugs don't work well and come with a risk of side effects.

    Some can even damage the electrical rhythm of your heart, which is the last thing in the world a heart patient needs.

    Now, new research uncovers what just might be the easiest way to fight depression and other mood disorders. This simple treatment can lift your spirit, boost your mood, and chase anxiety away -- and it won't hurt your heart.

    It will PROTECT it... and even support that delicate electrical rhythm.

    The answer is magnesium, an essential mineral that most people -- especially seniors -- are missing out on.

    Over six weeks, folks with mild to moderate depression who took magnesium supplements saw their scores on the PHQ-9 depression test plunge by an average of six points.

    To put that in perspective, any drug that cuts that score by five points would be considered a rousing success and be hurtling toward approval right now.

    But magnesium did the job, and it doesn't need to be approved. It's available right now, for just pennies a day.

    Along with easing depression, the same new study found magnesium supplements can fight anxiety, cutting scores on a measure of this condition by an average of 4.5 points.

    Not bad for something you already need and probably should be taking anyway, since odds are you're not getting enough from diet alone.

    Studies show somewhere between two-thirds and 80 percent of Americans are falling short in magnesium -- so, even if you have no history of heart problems and no sign of depression, you might want to add this to your daily routine.

    After all, it plays a role in some 300 essential functions in the body including bone, digestion, nerve, muscle, immune system, and more. And, as I mentioned earlier, it's critical to your heart.

    It literally helps to keep it beating!

    How much you need will depend on your diet and health risks, but the folks in the new study were given 248 mg of elemental magnesium per day, delivered via four 500-mg capsules of magnesium chloride.

    That's better than many forms of magnesium used in supplements, but can still cause stomach cramps and diarrhea in some patients.

    I generally recommend magnesium glycinate, which is gentler on the stomach and more easily absorbed by the body.

    Your doc can help figure out how much you need each day.

  2. Magnesium cuts bone risk

    This ONE mineral can slash your risk of broken bones

    If you watch any sports at all, you know the big stars often get way too much credit -- because it's often the players who get no attention at all that do most of the work.

    And some of those guys quietly do more for the team than any of those big-name egos.

    Magnesium's a lot like that. It gets almost no attention, despite the fact that it plays a key role in more than 300 functions in your body.

    It's like being able to play ANY position... in ANY field... in ANY sport!

    Well, friend, it's time to give magnesium its turn in the spotlight, as the latest research reveals just ONE of the risks you face when you don't have this key player on your team.

    You could end up with a broken bone and a crippling injury!

    The new study of 2,245 middle-aged men tracked well into their senior years finds that guys with the LOWEST levels of magnesium in the blood have the HIGHEST risk of bone breaks.

    The biggest risk is right where you don't want it: in the hip.

    Hip breaks aren't just agonizingly painful; they often require surgery with a long and difficult recovery. And even then, some people have mobility problems for life.

    Guys with higher magnesium levels, on the other hand, got a big benefit: They were 44 percent less likely to have a fracture.

    And NONE the men with the absolute highest levels suffered a bone break!

    The good news here is that a little magnesium might be able to prevent a major cause of injury and disability in older Americans.

    The bad news?

    Most folks -- especially older people -- don't get much magnesium, with up to 80 percent of Americans falling short.

    That doesn't just boost the odds of a bone break. That could increase your risk of serious heart problems.

    The best sources of magnesium are certain greens, including spinach and Swiss chard, as well as nuts and seeds such as pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and cashews.

    Along with getting your share of this mineral from food, you may want to consider supplements -- but while you're shopping around, don't just look for magnesium and call it a day.

    Like I said earlier, it's a team player.

    For maximum protection for bones and heart, it works best with calcium and vitamins D and K.

    And if you're concerned about your fracture risk, consider a compound found in olives called oleuropein, which can help the stem cells that build bone.

    A good bone formula will have all of these essentials.

  3. Magnesium can cut blood pressure

    Magnesium can lower blood pressure levels, helping to reduce or even eliminate your need for meds.
  4. Magnesium may keep heart disease at bay

    Taking a daily magnesium supplement reduced stiffness in the arteries of overweight adults after just six months.
  5. Magnesium can keep arteries healthy

    Magnesium is critical to cardiovascular health, and new research shows how it can keep arteries from getting stiff in the overweight and obese.
  6. Magnesium can cut blood pressure and fight calcification

    Magnesium can cut your risk of high blood pressure and protect your arteries from damaging calcium deposits.
  7. Cardiovascular disease boosts dementia risk

    Heart disease and other heart problems can increase the risk of dementia, at least in women, according to new research.
  8. Magnesium over cholesterol meds

    Magnesium can slash your risk of death from heart disease and stroke -- and it can do it without the risks of cholesterol meds, according to new research.
  9. Taking magnesium can reduce your heart risk by a third

    The mineral magnesium can decrease your risk of heart disease by 30 percent, according to new research.
  10. Low magnesium raises heart risk

    Low levels of magnesium can raise your risk of heart disease and dying of heart disease.
  11. CoQ10 benefits can help you avoid coronary artery disease

    High levels of coenzyme Q10 can help slash your risk of coronary artery disease -- and low levels may actually cause it.
  12. Blood pressure pills don't lower hypertension risks

    Blood pressure meds given for hypertension don't decrease the risk of heart attack, stroke and an early death, according to a new look at data.
  13. Aspirin therapy can hurt as many as it helps

    New numbers show that aspirin therapy can harm as many patients as it benefits. Try natural approaches to cardiovascular health instead.
  14. Selenium and CoQ10 work together to reduce heart risk

    The natural supplements selenium and coenzyme Q10 are shown in a new study to cut the risk of death by heart disease in half.
  15. How to avoid kidney stones

    More people than ever can expect to battle kidney stones, with new numbers showing the risk has nearly doubled over 16 years. Here's how to avoid them.
  16. Low magnesium levels can boost your heart risk

    Low levels of the essential mineral magnesium can double your risk of death by heart disease -- and you probably have low levels.
  17. Chicken thighs and healthy hearts

    Don't feel bad if you've never heard of taurine. Most people haven't. It's an amino acid found in the tastiest part of the chicken, aka the dark meat you've been told not to eat.
  18. Two easy tricks that can lower your BP

    When it comes to blood pressure, it seems like the mainstream has just two answers: a low-salt diet and meds. And both of them are bad ideas.
  19. One more reason to drink beer

    In fact, you can get just about all the benefits of wine and then some from plain old beer -- and the latest research confirms that a cold brew is every bit as good for your heart as a glass of red.
  20. The cherry on top of a good night's sleep

    People looking for a little help getting to sleep used to drink a glass of warm milk. That, or maybe a little brandy. But there's another drink that might help you get off to dreamland quicker -- and it's not what you'd expect.

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