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Magnesium study

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A higher intake of magnesium through food and supplement use may contribute to better bone mineral density as people grow older, a study published in the November Journal of the American Geriatrics Society finds. "Greater magnesium intake was significantly related to higher BMD in white women and men," Kathryn Ryder, MD, University of Tennessee, Memphis, et al., report. The cross-sectional Health, Aging & Body Composition study examined dietary habits and measured bone mass of 2,038 participants aged 70-79. Researchers found that BMD increased 2% per 100 mg/day increase in magnesium intake. White participants had a generally higher BMD, which researchers attribute to diet and supplement use. "The lack of association observed in black women and men may be related to difference in calcium regulations or in nutrient reporting," Ryder et al. suggest...
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