In several new studies about men, magnesium lowered chances of heart disease, those with higher calcium levels lived longer, and hawthorn reduced sudden cardiac death.
In a review of heart disease studies, researchers analyzed magnesium levels in people with or likely to develop coronary heart disease (CHD). While there was no link in women, men who consumed more magnesium were less likely to develop CHD than men with lower levels. “It is reasonable to encourage diets high in magnesium as a potential means to lower the risk of CHD,” researchers concluded.
Researchers studying lifespan measured calcium in the diets of 23,366 men, aged 45 to 79, who did not take dietary supplements. Over 10 years of follow up, compared to men who consumed the least calcium, those who got the most calcium were 25 percent less likely to have died from any cause. Doctors said the highest amounts of calcium were nearly double the recommended 1,000 mg per day.
In a survival study, 2,252 men with congestive heart failure (CHF) added a standardized extract of hawthorn or a placebo to their drug therapy. In CHF, the heart does not pump enough blood to the body. After two years, while there was no difference in men with more severe CHF, among those with less severe CHF, the hawthorn group was 40 percent less likely to have died from sudden cardiac arrest compared to placebo.