Magnesium is an essential element in the body. In fact, it’s present and necessary in every cell in the body, and a deficiency of it results in disease. Some scientists argue that magnesium deficiency is the common denominator in all heart disease risk factors and symptoms.
A meta-analysis from the Harvard School of Public Health combined data from 313,041 people, and found that higher intakes of magnesium were associated with a 22 percent reduction in the risk of ischemic heart disease (IHD) and a 30 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
One of the mechanisms that have been attributed to a reduction in heart disease with moderate alcohol use is the effect alcohol seems to have on HDL cholesterol. HDL helps remove cholesterol from the arteries and tissues, however, additional alcohol beyond the moderate level does not continue to increase HDL.