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Benefits of Vitamin D Still Debated

Whether supplementation with vitamin D can help people live longer and healthier requires more study.   Harvard Health Blog Howard LeWine, M.D April 4, 2014 Two reports published this week in the journal BMJ weren’t exactly an April Fool’s Day message about vitamin D, but they came close. For the past few years, vitamin D has been gaining a reputation—not entirely earned—as a wonder vitamin that offers protection against some cancers, bone-weakening osteoporosis, heart attack, Alzheimer’s disease, and other chronic conditions. Not… Keep Reading

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Vitamin D, Health and Heart Disease

Harvard School of Public Health Men who were deficient in vitamin D were twice as likely to have a heart attack as men who had adequate levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D Deficiency: A Global Concern If you live north of the line connecting San Francisco to Philadelphia and Athens to Beijing, odds are that you don’t get enough vitamin D. The same holds true if you don’t get outside for at least a 15-minute daily walk in the sun.… Keep Reading

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Low Serum Magnesium and Atrial Fibrillation

Low serum magnesium is moderately associated with the development of AF in individuals without cardiovascular disease.  Circulation: November 12, 2012 Abstract Background—Low serum magnesium has been linked to increased risk of atrial fibrillation (AF) following cardiac surgery. It is unknown whether hypomagnesemia predisposes to AF in the community. Methods and Results We studied 3,530 participants (mean age, 44 years; 52% women) from the Framingham Offspring Study who attended a routine examination, and were free of AF and cardiovascular disease. We used… Keep Reading

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Magnesium May Modestly Lower Blood Pressure

  With its relative safety and low cost, magnesium supplements could be considered as an option for lowering blood pressure in high-risk persons or hypertension patients.. July 11, 2016 From the American Heart Association Study Highlights.. People receiving about 368 mg/day of magnesium for about three months had overall reductions in systolic blood pressure of 2.00 mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure of 1.78 mm Hg. Magnesium might only be effective among people with magnesium deficiency or insufficiency.  Monday, July… Keep Reading

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