Magnesium is one of the most important nutrients for making sure the heart is functioning properly, yet your cardiologist may not put it on your radar. Here’s why your heart needs magnesium.
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InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
Did you know that nearly 65% of Americans are considered to have inadequate magnesium intake on a daily basis? This is incredibly problematic when we look at all of the functions of this very important mineral in the human body. If we’re not getting adequate exposure, then it certainly makes sense that we would want to be supplementing with magnesium. Today I want to talk about magnesium when it comes to cardiovascular health and why this is so important.†
Are you lacking magnesium?
When it comes to magnesium deficiencies and insufficiencies, we recognize that this is a major problem. Researchers have found a strong correlation between low magnesium levels and the risk of cardiovascular events.†
Magnesium is responsible for over 300 different enzymatic processes within the human body. We know that this mineral is playing an integral role in our day-to-day functioning.†
As we get older, we can start to see less and less intake coming from the diet, but also in terms of absorption rate. This is a problem because, as we age, we are at a greater risk for a cardiovascular event.†
Blood pressure and cardiovascular health
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is the most prevalent risk factor when it comes to heart disease. We recognize that this is a massive problem here in the United States. The American Heart Association estimates that over 40% of Americans will have high blood pressure in the next 10 years. That means that they will be on medication for high blood pressure within the next 10 years. That is very alarming.†
We have to look at how magnesium can play a role into blood pressure levels. When we think about vasodilation and the blood vessels themselves being more relaxed to allow for adequate blood flow, this is very critical to your magnesium status. If we have low magnesium, this is going to create a situation where we’re going to end up with more vasoconstriction. This is because this mineral is a cofactor for hundreds of reactions that occur throughout the body.†
Since we know that low magnesium is an incredibly problematic thing for the body, what can we do? Dietary intake or exposure to magnesium is generally lacking, which is why it is so important to supplement with this mineral. Making sure that we are getting adequate magnesium every single day is critical to our overall wellness.†
At InViteⓇ Health, we offer our Magnesium Glycinate, as well as our Magnesium Citrate. We’re not changing the magnesium, but what we’re doing is we’re changing how it’s brought into the system. When it’s bound to citrate, the absorption rate is just a hair greater than when it’s bound to glycinate. This is very good when we think about intestinal health and for people who have a tendency to experience bouts of constipation. When we think about overall cardiovascular support, I would tend to lean more towards the glycinated form. Since this has a slightly lower absorption rate, the body is able to utilize the magnesium in the bloodstream for full action throughout the day.†
In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH explains why the mineral magnesium is so important for overall wellness, especially in terms of heart and blood pressure health. She details research on this important nutrient and explains the difference between the glycinate and citrate forms.†
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Quercetin And Its Influence on Inflammation, Lung Health & Blood Pressure, Part 2 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 326
You’ve heard it before; lowering your blood pressure is essential to living a healthy life. But do you know about a clinically studied nutrient called Quercetin that may help?
Every single year, a half a million Americans die due to hypertension. We can link a lot of this to diet and lifestyle choices. The good news is that there are some ways that you can support healthy blood pressure in a natural way.
A new study has found that lower-than-normal zinc levels may contribute to high blood pressure, or hypertension, by altering the way the kidneys handle sodium. The study has been published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology – Renal Physiology.
The study reports; Zinc deficiency is common in people with chronic illnesses such as type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease. People with low zinc levels are also at a higher risk for hypertension. The way in which the kidneys either excrete sodium into the urine or reabsorb it into the body — specifically through a pathway called the sodium chloride cotransporter (NCC) — also plays a role in blood pressure control. Less sodium in the urine typically corresponds with higher blood pressure. Recent research has suggested that zinc may help regulate proteins that in turn regulate the NCC, but a direct link between zinc-deficiency-induced hypertension has not been examined.
Researchers compared male mice with zinc deficiency to healthy controls with normal zinc levels. The zinc-deficient mice developed high blood pressure and a corresponding decrease in urinary sodium excretion. The control group did not experience the same changes.
A small group of the zinc-deficient mice were fed a zinc-rich diet partway through the study. Once the animals’ zinc reached adequate levels, blood pressure began to drop and urinary sodium levels increased. “These significant findings demonstrate that enhanced renal [sodium] reabsorption plays a critical role in [zinc-deficiency]-induced hypertension,” the research team wrote.
“Understanding the specific mechanisms by which [zinc deficiency] contributes to [blood pressure] dysregulation may have an important effect on the treatment of hypertension in chronic disease settings,” the researchers added.
Clintoria R. Williams, Monisha Mistry, Aswathy Miriam Cheriyan, Jasmine M Williams, Meagan K Naraine, Carla L. Ellis, Rickta Mallick, Abinash C. Mistry, Jennifer L. Gooch, Benjamin Ko, Hui Cai, Robert S Hoover. Zinc Deficiency Induces Hypertension by Promoting Renal Sodium Reabsorption. American Journal of Physiology-Renal Physiology, 2019; DOI: 10.1152/ajprenal.00487.2018