The University of Massachusetts Medical School measured the Magnesium intake of 234 people and found that over 70% did not meet the RDA for Magnesium consumption. This is in keeping with other research indicating that less than 20% to 30% of the population consumes adequate Magnesium.
The mineral Magnesium is best known as a counterpart to Calcium for improving bone health but that is only a small part of the Magnesium story. The National Institutes of Health lists Magnesium as being necessary for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body.
Harvard researchers in conjunction with researchers from the University of East Anglia in the UK crunched data collected from 93,600 women participating in the Nurses Health Study II. Women with the highest consumption of blueberries and strawberries, three or more times per week, saw their risk of heart attack drop one-third compared to eating berries once a month or less, even compared to women who otherwise ate a diet rich in other fruits and vegetables.
According to two studies in healthy men, researchers from the UK and Germany show that consuming a drink rich in blueberry polyphenols improved flow mediated dilation (FMD) for hours after consuming the berries.
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