Can magnesium help lower blood pressure a small bit? According to news reports, an investigation and analysis of existing studies seems to suggest that magnesium can help some with lowering a person’s blood pressure. With that said, doctors do warn that patients who suffer from things like kidney disease, heart disease, liver disease, and other critical illnesses should always consult their doctor before using magnesium medications and supplements.
According to numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), about 70 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure. This essentially means that 1 out of 3 adults in the US suffer from high blood pressure. The CDC estimates that $46 billion are spent annually on this medical condition. Included in that $46 billion are costs for health related treatment, medications for high blood pressure, and a person’s missed days from work.
A person’s blood pressure is written with two numbers, one on top of the other (a ratio). The top number reveals the systolic reading or the pressure when the heart muscle contracts. The systolic reading should be the higher of the two numbers. Diastolic is the name of the bottom number and it reveals essentially the resting heart beats. According to the American Heart Association (“AHA”) a normal blood pressure reading is a systolic reading of under 120 and a diastolic reading less than 80.
In a review of the information, people taking magnesium supplements had a higher amount of magnesium in their blood as compared to people who only took the placebo. This information suggest, but stops short of proving, that magnesium may help with lowering blood pressure.
To read more about this story, and the article which supports this post, click HERE. As cautioned above, be sure to speak with your doctor before beginning any type of medication or treatment.