Researchers recently published a literature review in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension revealing a cheap, easy-to-find mineral is as a great way to lower your blood pressure.
They analyzed 34 existing scientific studies with 2,028 participants altogether. And the results were astonishing.
Almost everyone taking this cheap supplement experienced a drop in blood pressure and on the average, you could expect over 10% lowered stroke risk.
Participants took 300 mg (milligrams) of magnesium per day for a period of three months. Almost everyone recorded a blood pressure decrease after just one month.
Best of all, the best quality studies with the lowest drop-out rates showed the greatest reductions in blood pressure, meaning that you may experience a drop of more than 2.0 and 1.78 mmHg.
If these numbers sound ridiculously low to you, a review of the blood pressure reduction literature in a 2003 edition of the Journal of Hypertension showed people with high blood pressure saw a 5% reduction in risk of stroke for one mmHg reduction in blood pressure.
The researchers attributed the effect to the ability of magnesium to improve blood flow and to relax blood vessels.
Magnesium is naturally abundant in dark leafy greens (spinach, kale, and Swiss chard), nuts and seeds (pumpkin seed, sesame seed, almonds, Brazil nuts, pine nuts, and cashews), beans, whole grains, bananas, and avocado.
For animal sources, try fish (mackerel, tuna, and salmon), milk, and yogurt.
As a magnesium-rich dessert, have a block of dark chocolate.