According to the journal Nutrients taking in a sufficient amount of magnesium in the diet could be one way of reducing the risk of developing coronary heart disease. The coronary arteries lead from the aorta, the most significant artery in the body, to the heart muscle, carrying blood with oxygen and nutrients.

In March of 2018, it was reported the scientists at ZGT Hospital and several other research facilities in the Netherlands and UK, found people who had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and who took in high enough levels of magnesium had a lower risk of having blocked coronary arteries than those who did not take in high enough levels of magnesium.

A total of 450 people with Type 2 diabetes were included in the study …

  • the participants were aged between 54 to 72 years and had the condition from age 7 to 18. A total of 100, or 22 percent, had coronary artery disease.
  • the participants who had been taking regular amounts of magnesium compared to the lowest numbers had a 60 percent lower likelihood of having coronary artery disease.

For every 10 mg of magnesium taken in from vegetables, the risk of coronary artery disease was more moderate, although it was not statistically significant.

Typically people with Type 2 diabetes tend to have low magnesium levels because their body does not handle it in the usual way. Insulin helps regulate the loss of magnesium through the kidneys. People diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in its early stages have high amounts of insulin …

  • high levels of insulin cause more magnesium to be excreted into the urine, removing magnesium in the blood.
  • low blood levels of magnesium cause higher insulin resistance and higher levels of insulin, setting up a vicious cycle.

Some foods that supply good amounts of magnesium include …

  • spinach – 1 cup, cooked, 157 mg,
  • pumpkin seeds – 1 ounce, 74 mg,
  • chocolate – exercise moderation,
  • bananas – 1 medium, 32 mg,
  • beans such as black beans – 1 cup 294,
  • whole grains such as wheat and rice,
  • almonds – 1 ounce, 162 mg,
  • tofu – c cup, 37 mg,
  • oatmeal – 1 cup, cooked, 57.6 mg.

The Linus Pauling Institute in Oregon, United States, recommends a daily intake of …

  • 310 to 320 mg of magnesium for women, and
  • 400 to 420 mg for men.

Most people do not consume sufficient levels of magnesium each day. If getting enough in the diet is not sufficient, then supplements may be the answer. One 400 mg tablet provides an adequate dose for the day