Heart troubles? Make sure you know about the benefits of magnesium … it could save your life.

Now you may already know that magnesium is important for your heart health. Without enough of it in your system you may suffer with an irregular heartbeat, chest pain, hardening of the arteries or high blood pressure.

But magnesium benefits other aspects of your health also and is, in fact, a key player in over 300 chemical processes that keep your body in tip top shape. (Magnesium is critical for maintaining healthy blood sugar too.)

And now a new review of studies dating all the way back to 1937 has confirmed what I’ve been telling you all along, and that is that cholesterol and saturated fat are not the big bad villains they’ve been made out to be when it comes to heart disease. According to researchers low magnesium is the real culprit.

And in another recent study, Spanish researchers demonstrated just how critical magnesium benefits are for those suffering with heart problems. In a study of 7,216 volunteers between the ages of 55 and 80, people with the highest dietary intakes of magnesium had a 34 percent less chance of dying from heart disease or cancer.

In fact, those who got the most magnesium (442 mg a day) had a 59 percent drop in their risk of dying from a stroke, heart attack or heart disease when compared to those with the lowest intakes of magnesium.

It’s easy to add more magnesium benefits to your diet simply by eating more almonds, spinach, cashews, peanuts, black beans and avocados. You also may want to consider a magnesium supplement, but be sure to talk with your own doc about what’s best for your specific situation.