July 18, 2008
Magnesium Fights Gallstones
In addition to losing weight, avoiding saturated fats, and eating more fiber, adding more magnesium to the diet may also help alleviate gallstones. New research published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that among more than 42,000 male subjects between the ages of 40 and 75 who were followed for 16 years, those with a dietary and supplementary magnesium intake of more than 409 mg per day were 28 percent less likely to develop gallstones than those whose intake was less than 288 mg per day. Those who suffer from gallstones should practice preventive methods, such as exercising regularly; maintaining a high-fiber, low-fat diet; and moderating sugar and calorie intake. Avoid highly processed and fast foods, which are usually lacking in magnesium. Include more magnesium-rich foods, such as nuts, whole grains, beans, green leafy vegetables, fish, and lean meats.
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