Magnesium and blood pressure

By: Dr. Ben Connolly, DC, Feb 28, 2013
Magnesium and blood pressure | Dr. Ben Connolly of Cornerstone Naturopathic Inc. in Upper Tantallon, NS

Can magnesium help with high blood pressure?

The effects Magnesium has on blood pressure.

As today is Feb 28th, the last day of Heart Month, I thought it would be appropriate to bring to light a new study which came out February 8th, 2012 in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. This meta-analysis looked specifically at the effects Magnesium has on blood pressure.They looked at 22 different trials which had 1173 participants’ in total. They found that magnesium decreased systolic blood pressure by 3-4 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure by 2-3 mmHg. They also found that the greater the dose the larger the decrease in blood pressure. As a naturopathic doctor I have been routinely prescribing the use of magnesium for patients with high blood pressure as well as various other supplements and specific diets such as the DASH diet.

However, blood pressure is only one factor in heart health. When meeting with patients regarding heart health I always make sure to address and/or include blood pressure, cholesterol, family history, exercise history, stress levels, caffeine, salt, refined sugar consumption as well as vegetable consumption. Having a complete history is important as it allows me to prescribe a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan which will be best for the patient. Though February and Heart Month end tonight, remember that Cardiovascular disease kills people every day and maybe it is time to start thinking about your own heart health and the effects magnesium can have on your blood pressure.

Since Dr. Ben Connolly graduated from medical school to start a practice, he has realized that to become an excellent doctor and not just a good doctor, he needed to build on his current foundation and expand his knowledge base. This thirst for knowledge has led him to enroll in several courses across North America to learn from the experts and leaders in their respective fields of medicine.

These opportunities have allowed him to enrich his skills and learn new treatment modalities in order to provide the highest caliber of patient care. Dr. Connolly is a professional member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) as well as the Nova Scotia Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NSAND).

Dr. Connolly is the owner of Cornerstone Naturopathic Inc. in Upper Tantallon, NS.