Friday, August 17, 2012

Mightiest mineral of them all?

The scientific community is asking NASA to specifically study magnesium in astronauts. The reason is that space flight’s microgravity leads to significant reductions in magnesium levels in large studies of astronauts and cosmonauts. This reduction in magnesium levels leads to both a tenfold decrease in cardiovascular system functional capacity and a progressive shortening of telomeres—the next great frontier in anti-aging research. Consumers are starting to gravitate toward the power of magnesium—sales are up 14 percent in 2011 and up 79 percent since 2006, according to Nutrition Business Journal.

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