Eat These Foods to Control BP, Study
High blood pressure affects about 70 million Americans, increasing the risk for heart attack and stroke. New research published in Hypertension shows that an adequate intake of the mineral magnesium—found in green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, whole grains, fortified foods, and in dietary supplements—can help keep blood pressure in a normal range.
Also called hypertension, high blood pressure is a dangerous condition that occurs without warning signs or symptoms. This new research—from 34 studies involving more than 2,000 participants—shows that a daily intake of at least 300 mg of magnesium can help lower blood pressure. The recommended daily allowance of magnesium is 400-420 mg/day for men and 310-320 mg/day for women.
Magnesium is an important mineral. It helps maintain normal nerve and muscle function, helps keep the heartbeat steady, supports a healthy immune system, and promotes bones strength. Most people can get enough magnesium through a healthy diet. Preliminary results show that dietary supplements may be helpful for people with high blood pressure who have a magnesium deficiency.
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