Those with insulin resistance and prediabetes are at an increased risk of high blood pressure but magnesium supplements may lower blood pressure says new research.
Magnesium supplementation may significantly decrease both systolic and diastolic blood pressure
Analysis of data from 11 gold standard clinical trials has suggested that magnesium supplementation may significantly decrease both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in individuals with insulin resistance and prediabetes.
The research, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, reported:
"Because of the results of our study and the findings from previous studies, patients with hypertension and underlying preclinicial metabolic conditions including insulin resistance and prediabetes and patients with type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular diseases may benefit from magnesium supplementation in the reduction of blood pressure and the amelioration of the underlying health conditions.
"The finding from this study add complementary evidence to the literature on the effect of magnesium supplementation on blood pressure."
The body of science supporting the health benefits of magnesium is ever growing
The results of this latest research add to the increasing body of science supporting the health benefits of magnesium - in fact did you know that magnesium is necessary for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body? This ranges from supporting muscle and nerve function to keeping the heart rhythm steady, maintaining a healthy immune system and helping to keep bones strong. Furthermore it's important for blood sugar management and healthy blood pressure.
The authors of the new analysis claim the magnitude of the reduction in blood pressure observed from magnesium supplementation is of great clinical significance, commenting on the potential mechanism of action they further note that magnesium may exert its benefits via effects on vascular tone and improving the function of the endothelium (the layer of cells lining blood vessels), which would directly lower blood pressure. It has also been reported that magnesium may have synergistic effects with antihypertensive medications.
A healthy balanced diet is the best way to consume all the nutrients we need. Sometimes however this isn't possible and then supplements can help. This article isn't intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying any supplements or herbal medicines.