The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Magnesium in adults with coronary heart disease

    beating heartResearchers at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah reviewed the safety and efficacy of magnesium supplements in patients with or at risk of heart disease.

    Their review of the scientific literature revealed the following.

    • There were no reports of adverse effects from magnesium supplementation in any of the studies.
    • People reporting lower dietary magnesium intake had significantly lower magnesium blood levels than those reporting higher dietary magnesium intake.
    • In some cases, those with low dietary magnesium intake had a significantly higher frequency of supraventricular (abnormal) heart beats.
    • In men, higher intake of magnesium was associated with a modest reduction in heart disease risk.
    • There was no similar reduction in women.

    The bottom line?

    Magnesium is safe, and the authors conclude, “There is a possible association between a modestly lower risk of coronary heart disease in men and increased magnesium intake.”

    They believe it’s “reasonable to encourage diets high in magnesium as a potential means to lower the risk of coronary heart disease.” However, specific recommendations were not mentioned in the abstract.

    12/11/09 23:50 JR

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