Magnesium is key for heart health, but most women over 50 lack ample stores. That’s why I advise supplementing with 5 mg. of the nutrient per pound of body weight (750 mg. for a 150-pound woman, for example). Research shows it relaxes blood vessels, making it easier for the heart to pump blood and keep your blood pressure in the safe zone. Tip: Avoid taking magnesium with meals, It neutralizes stomach acid, which prevents your body from digesting food and absorbing nutrients as efficiently.
For the more than 35 million adults with type 2 diabetes, help is here: New research out of Italy found a highly absorbable form of vitamin B-3 called niacinamide helps stabilize blood-sugar levels, In their small study, scientists had folks with type 2 diabetes take 500 mg, of niacinamide daily for a month, then drop to 250 mg. per day for another five months. The results: Their blood-sugar levels normalized, even allowing several people to discontinue their diabetes medications. The vitamin improves function of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.