In a press release today, it is learned that chronic inflammation, not cholesterol, is causing heart disease. Doctors and research scientists agree that most chronic diseases may have the same root cause, inflammation. Chronic low-grade inflammation has been linked to heart attacks, strokes, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and even cancer, according to a recent study published in the Lancet, the world’s leading general medical journal.
This new information may explain why some people with high cholesterol never develop heart disease. Researchers concluded that inflammation inside arterial walls trumped high cholesterol when it comes to heart attacks or strokes.
“Cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease,” says Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, magnesium expert and Medical Advisory Board member of the nonprofit Nutritional Magnesium Association.
“There are clear indications that inflammation explains why plaque builds up in the arteries in patients with atherosclerosis,” says Philip Schauer, MD, director of the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. “Chronic inflammation also plays a direct role in diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, asthma and other conditions.”
An earlier breakthrough study showed magnesium reduced inflammation. Dean explained that increasing magnesium intake decreases the inflammation. According to Dean:
With magnesium being actively required by 600–700 enzyme systems in the human body, internal functions that reduce inflammation with the help of magnesium are being newly discovered every year. For example, magnesium has been found to be a natural calcium channel blocker, which is crucial because calcium in excess is one of the most pro-inflammatory substances in the body. This is why I recommend a 1:1 balance of calcium with magnesium, while also taking into account the amount of calcium people get in their daily diets.”
New York Times best-selling author and doctor, Joseph Mercola, says, “We are all going to die at some point, but if you’re deficient in magnesium you may wind up dying sooner rather than later. As new research in atherosclerosis found, low serum magnesium levels are associated with higher all-cause mortality and cardiovascular mortality, adding to growing research supporting the importance of adequate magnesium.”
Dean says that more than 75 percent of Americans fail to met their minimum daily requirement of magnesium.
A 32-page guide to the benefits of magnesium, along with magnesium deficiency symptoms, is available for free at nutritionalmagnesium.org.
This is fascinating news that supports holistic and natural medicine. According to an article on the Nutritional Magnesium website, ” Magnesium is an antioxidant and calcium blocker which helps lower oxidative stress, prevent insulin resistance, and lowers inflammatory conditions which could add years to your life.”
Dean explains in a video on the same website that magnesium is required to absorb the calcium. When there is too much calcium in the body, muscles get tight and cramps may occur in the legs, the heart and other parts of the body. Calcium actually depletes the amount of magnesium in the body and it may take two to three times the amount of magnesium to that of calcium for a good balance. Most people get enough calcium from the foods they eat, but magnesium is obtained partially from food and partially through supplements.
Foods high in magnesium include: dark, leafy greens such as chard, beet greens and *kale, Brazil nuts, squash, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, kidney, pinto and green beans, avocados, Quinoa, millet, whole grain brown rice, bananas, dark chocolate, peanut butter, sweet corn and dried fruits such as raisins, dates and apricots. For a complete list of foods and their nutrients, visit Health.Alicious.Ness.com.
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