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Magnesium's Abundant Health Benefits


Friday, October 13th 2006

Magnesium is a mineral with an abundance of health benefits including helping protect against type 2 diabetes, regulating blood pressure, increasing HDL cholesterol and helping protect against Syndrome X. Magnesium is naturally obtained from whole seeds, grains, nuts and vegetables but is mostly lost after food processing. This loss is reflected in recent research showing that magnesium intake before the industrial revolution was 475-500mg per day but it has "declined substantially" during the 20th century and now stands between 280 and 350mg per day.

This decline in magnesium intake is believed to contribute to the "dramatic increase" in asthma over the last 50 years. Now, building upon previous research showing that low magnesium intake is associated with airway hyper-reactivity and self-reported wheezing and that decreased antioxidant intake increases asthma risk, a new study has found that magnesium may play a role in helping protect against asthma.

From the researchers, "Oral magnesium supplementation helped to reduce lung reactivity, to diminish their allergic skin reactions and to provide better symptom control in pediatric patients with moderate persistent asthma treated with inhaled fluticasone (Flixonase).

Reproduced unabridged from the October - December 2006 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all useful Magnesium supplements:

100% Pure Magnesium Oil
Calcium - Magnesium
Calcium Magnesium Citrate
Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc
Chelated Magnesium
Floradix Magnesium
Herbal CA
Liquid Calcium
Mega Magnesium Tablets
Mega Magnesium Powder
Magnesium Complex Plus
Mineral Power
Superior Magnesium

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Mineral Power - a supplement high in calcium & magnesium

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Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.


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