Data from 22 trials revealed that magnesium may reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Systolic function relates to the contraction of the heart, whereas diastolic relates to the filling of the heart.
Surveys have shown that a large portion of adults do not meet their recommended daily intake (320 mg for women and 420 mg for men)
Data pooled from seven prospective studies, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, revealed that for every 100 mg per day increase in magnesium intake, the risk of stroke was reduced by about 9%
- Healthspan magazine, May 2012
In summary, an increase of intake of magnesium, either through diet and/or through supplementation, can strengthen the heart, lower blood pressure and significantly reduce the risk of stroke.
A high intake of dairy produce can adversely effect magnesium levels. Calcium and magnesium work synergistically. The Cal:Mg ratio in dairy is between 10:1 / 12:1. Whereas ideally it should be around 3:1 or slightly lower.