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.

  • Common sense considerations

    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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    Effect of magnesium on blood pressure

    It lowered blood pressure in adults with hypertension, but not in people with normal blood pressure.

    First, the details.

    • 155 overweight people (BMI at least 23kg/m2) received either 12.3 mmol (300 mg) of elemental magnesium in the form of magnesium oxide or placebo each day for 12 weeks.

    And, the results.

    • Overall, there were no differences between the groups.
    • However, among those with high blood pressure there were significant decreases in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in the magnesium group (17.1 and 3.4 mmHg, respectively) vs placebo (6.7 and 0.8 mmHg, respectively).

    The bottom line?
    Just published study results based on the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) guidelines agree. “Diagnosed and uncontrolled hypertension was associated with less DASH accordance in magnesium.”

    6/1/09 20:14 JR

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