A group of researchers from Sweden�s prestigious Karolinska Institute reports a strong inverse correlation between magnesium intake and the risk of suffering an ischemic stroke. In practical terms, their findings translate into a 36 to 54% risk reduction associated with supplementation with 400 to 600 mg a day of elemental magnesium. There is also evidence that a higher intake of magnesium is linked with a significant increase in bone mass (about 2% per 100 mg/day extra intake of elemental magnesium).
Other researchers report that high serum levels of vitamin E are correlated with a significantly lower recurrence of AF following electrical cardioversion, and that a high intake of fish oils is associated with a reduced risk of developing AF. These are three more examples of the importance of an adequate intake of vitamins and minerals.
Also in this issue we report on the safety of iodine supplementation, on a link between rheumatoid arthritis and AF, and on firm repudiation of the idea that the term �lone atrial fibrillation� is inappropriate for afibbers over the age of 60 years.
And finally, if you need to restock your supplements, please remember that by ordering through my on-line vitamin store you will be helping to defray the cost of maintaining the web site and bulletin board. You can find the store at www.afibbers.org/vitamins.htm - your continuing support is truly appreciated.
Wishing you lots of NSR,Hans