Magnesium cuts gallstone risk

In a gallstone disease study, researchers followed the diets of 42,705 men with an average age of 53 for an average of 13 years and found that those who consumed the most magnesium, 454 mg per day, were 28 percent less likely to develop gallstones compared to those who consumed the least magnesium, 262 mg per day. 

Doctors believe that low magnesium levels cause the body to secrete too much insulin, which may increase cholesterol in the bile, encouraging gallstones.

At the recent Proceedings of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, researchers presented findings from a new lab study showing that fibroblast cells with low magnesium levels aged faster than fibroblasts with normal levels. Fibroblasts produce cells that give structure to many body tissues, including blood vessels.

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