The magic mineral that can slash your heart risk

When it comes to heart health, your doctor is full of something -- and it's not good advice.

Stop eating salt! Watch your cholesterol! Lower your blood pressure! Take your meds!

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah!

You could follow his advice to a "T," eat a bland diet and swallow every pill he flings at you -- and at the end of the day, none of it will make much of a difference.

But there IS something that really can protect your heart -- something safe, natural and widely available -- and odds are, he won't even mention it once in all that blah-blah-blah.

It's magnesium, and a new analysis from Harvard University finds that every little 0.2 nmol/L boost in your blood levels of this essential mineral can slash your risk of cardiovascular disease by 30 percent, ischemic heart disease by 17 percent, and fatal ischemic heart disease by 39 percent.

Along with blood levels, the review of 16 studies on more than 300,000 patients also looked at dietary intake, finding that just 200 mg a day can slash your risk of ischemic heart disease by 22 percent and 250 mg a day will slash the risk of fatal ischemic heart disease by 27 percent.

So far so good... but then the study flies off the rails, because while it's obvious to me that these numbers mean everyone -- EVERYONE -- needs to take a magnesium supplement pronto, this is Harvard we're talking about.

And "supplement" may as well be the other "s" word to them.

They say you should boost your intake of magnesium-rich vegetables like spinach, but that's just not going to do the job. In fact, relying on diet alone to provide magnesium has left up to 80 percent of Americans quietly suffering from a deficiency.

Don't be one of them.

Up your magnesium game with supplements -- and don't count on your multi for this; it doesn't have enough. You need a separate magnesium supplement from a maker you trust to do the job right.