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What Forehead Wrinkles Might Tell You About Your Heart Health

Could something as simple as counting the wrinkles on your forehead be a good test to see whether you have heart problems in your future? French researchers think it might be possible, although they caution that, for right now, it’s not a replacement for classic heart health assessments like blood pressure checks, Live Science reports.

Since the study authors did find a correlation between high numbers of deep forehead wrinkles and heart disease, they said they believe it could be worth further study, as it’s possible that the wrinkles might be a marker for atherosclerosis (aka hardening of the arteries).

There are myriad things that many people don’t know about heart disease and what causes it, beginning with the classic “hardening of the arteries” that so many ascribe to cholesterol in the blood. The fact is, one of the most overlooked causes of heart disease is low magnesium — NOT cholesterol or saturated fats (which are good for you if you eat the right kinds).

Magnesium is vitally important to maintaining normal blood pressure and protecting against stroke. If nothing else, it combats inflammation, thereby helping to prevent hardening of your arteries and high blood pressure. It also improves blood flow by relaxing your arteries, and helps prevent your blood from thickening, allowing it to flow more smoothly. In fact, a 2016 meta-analysis of 40 studies involving more than 1 million people found that those with the highest magnesium levels had:

  • A 10 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease
  • 12 percent lower risk of stroke
  • 26 percent lower risk of Type 2 diabetes

All of these basic effects, and more, are important for optimal heart function, as well as mitochondrial function, yet magnesium is too often glossed over when we talk about how to keep your heart healthy. And that’s a shame, particularly since most people are magnesium-deficient.

If you’re looking for healthy ways to add magnesium to your diet, it’s important to consume fresh organic vegetables, such as broccoli, kale, spinach, Swiss chard and avocados. Raw cacao nibs and/or unsweetened cocoa powder, pumpkin seeds and Brazil nuts are also good sources.

Interestingly, fatty fish such as wild-caught Alaskan salmon and mackerel are also high in magnesium. A half-fillet (6 ounces) of salmon can provide about 52 mg of magnesium. Some of the most magnesium-rich varieties of herbs and spices are coriander, chives, cumin seed, parsley, mustard seeds, fennel, basil and cloves.

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