Sunday, September 28, 2008

Magnesium associated with protection from stroke in male smokers

The March 10, 2008 issue of the AMA journal Archives of Internal Medicine revealed the finding of researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, that men who smoke may acquire some protection against stroke by consuming greater amounts of the mineral magnesium.

The current study included 26,556 participants in the Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta- Carotene Cancer Prevention (ATBC) Study, a randomized, double-blind trial that tested the preventive ability of alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E) or beta-carotene on lung cancer in older male Finnish smokers.

Dietary questionnaires administered at the beginning of the study were evaluated for calcium, magnesium and potassium intake levels. The men were followed for an average of 13.6 years, during which 2,702 cerebral infarctions, 383 intracerebral hemorrhages, 196 subarachnoid hemorrhages, and 84 unspecified types of stroke occurred. Continue Reading

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