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Magnesium, potassium and calcium may reduce stroke

Doctors followed 180,864 women in two studies; one lasting 30 years, the other 22 years.

Overall, women who got an average of 868 mg of magnesium per day were 13 percent less likely to have a stroke compared to women who got 662 mg per day. For potassium, those who got 883 mg per day were 11 percent less likely than women consuming 647 mg per day. Women who combined magnesium, potassium, and calcium, and who got the most of these, were 19 percent less likely to have a stroke compared to women who got the least.

For men, doctors followed 42,669 men free from heart disease and cancer at the start of the study. After 24 years, compared to those who got the least, men who got the most magnesium in the diet were 13 percent less likely to have a stroke and 11 percent less likely for both potassium and calcium. Men who combined the most magnesium, potassium and calcium were 21 percent less likely to have a stroke compared to men who got the least of these three nutrients.

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