Magnesium, like many trace elements is used by our bodies to perform many un-noticed tasks.
Here we see it can easily and safely be used in place of statins and other harmful drugs.
World wide, millions of people take a statin based drug each day to help lower the high levels of LDL (the ‘BAD’ form of cholesterol) .
While these are well known and commonly prescribed drugs, what is not as well known are the wide range of harmful side affects such as decreased insulin sensitivity, organ damage, muscle & sexual dysfunction.
There is, however, good news as US scientists* have concluded that a common mineral supplementoffers a much safer and effective way to combat high cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart disease than do statin based drugs.
In fact, total cholesterol levels can be lowered by as much as 23%. The mineral in question is magnesium. It works in a similar way to statin by inactivating an enzyme HMG CoA reductase, (HMG formation is the first of many steps in the formation of cholesterol.) Magnesium has yet further benefits towards a healthy heart in that it helps to increase the activity of a beneficial enzyme LCAT which helps to elevate the ’good’ HDL cholesterol
Yet another enzyme– Desaturase – is dependent on magnesium. Desaturase helps convert linolenic and linoleic acids into anti-inflammatory prostaglandin’s.
Eating magnesium rich foods such as fish, avocado, leafy green vegetables, seeds, nuts and whole grains will obviously help, as will taking a supplement of (recmd) 150—200 mg 2/3 time daily.
HMG – (5-hydroxy 3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase)
LCAT- (lecithin cholesterol acyl transferase).
*Professor A Rosanoff & Dr M Seelig Downstate Medical centre Brooklyn State University of New York.