By now you've heard the the Mediterranean diet is considered by experts to be the healthiest. Now, according to the latest research, the secret ingredient which makes the Mediterranean Diet so healthy, is magnesium. Scientists say the mineral is more important than previously thought in slashing the risk of heart disease, strokes and diabetes.
The team conducted the largest ever analysis of dietary magnesium data, covering more than a million people in nine countries. They found that eating a diet rich in magnesium cut the risk of coronary heart disease or stroke by 12 per cent.
The danger of developing Type 2 diabetes was reduced by 26 per cent, according to the research at Zhejiang University’s School of Public Health in eastern China.
Dr Fudi Wang, who led the project, said: “Low levels of magnesium in the body have been associated with a range of diseases.
“Our analysis provides the most up-to-date evidence supporting a link between the role of magnesium in food and reducing the risk of disease.”
His team, based at one of China’s top universities, analysed data from 40 studies covering a seven-year period.
Their findings, published in the journal BMC Medicine, suggest people in “developed” countries in the West do not take in enough magnesium.
The best part? If you're not fond of green smoothies and healthy salads, you can simply reach for a magnesium spray - absorption via the skin is far superior to supplements.