In our last blog, we wrote about the great herb Ginkgo biloba and new evidence that it could, in addition to all the things we already know it does, help reduce some of the serious side effects of metabolic syndrome.

Now another new study points to another way of warding off metabolic syndrome. This study shows that diets that are high in the minerals calcium and magnesium reduce the chances of your developing metabolic syndrome. . . .

Metabolic syndrome is a growing problem. It is diagnosed if three of the five following conditions are present: abdominal obesity, elevated triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, high blood pressure or elevated blood glucose.

This study analyzed the diets of 9,148 people. It found that the people with the highest dietary intake of magnesium were 30% less likely to have metabolic syndrome.

For women, meeting the RDA for both calcium and magnesium meant a whopping 41% reduction in the risk of metabolic syndrome. That's a huge benefit for meeting easily attainable amounts of calcium and magnesium in your diet.

For men, the picture was a bit more interesting. Getting the RDA of calcium and magnesium was not associated with a decreased risk. But when men met the RDA for magnesium and just slightly exceeded the RDA for calcium (over 1224mg a day instead of 1,000-1,200mg a day), their risk of metabolic syndrome dropped by 26%, suggesting that the current RDA is not quite high enough for men to get all the important benefits of calcium.

Metabolic syndrome is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. This study provides a very safe and inexpensive way of reducing that risk.

British Journal of Nutrition 2015;114:924-35

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