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Dr. Yiqing Song finds magnesium impacts blood pressure

Blood PressureSufficient dietary levels of the mineral nutrient magnesium might be a boon to good blood pressure, new research suggests.

"Magnesium dilates arteries, and in doing so lowers the blood pressure," explained Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, a cardiologist who reviewed the new findings.

"Foods high in magnesium include whole grains, beans, nuts and green leafy vegetables," she added.

The new study was led by Dr. Yiqing Song, associate professor of epidemiology at Indiana University's School of Public Health. According to the researchers, past studies that focused on the role of magnesium in regulating blood pressure have been relatively small, and produced mixed and controversial results. Read more ...