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Magnes Res. 1996 Jun;9(2):129-32.

Oral physiological magnesium supplementation for 6 weeks with 1 g/d magnesium oxide does not affect increased Lp(a) levels in hypercholesterolaemic subjects.

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Lipid Clinic, University Hospital Rotterdam Dijkzigt, The Netherlands.


Twenty hyperlipidaemic patients on a cholesterol-poor diet were selected on the basis of a raised lipoprotein (a) (Lp(a); apo (a) > 300 U/litre) and treated with 1000 mg MgO per day during 6 weeks. Serum magnesium slightly increased compared to pretreatment levels (P < 0.001). Serum apo(a) concentrations (mean +/- S.D.) were not affected: pretreatment level 963 +/- 552 U/litre; during treatment 999 +/- 536 U/litre; and after washout 995 +/- 524 U/litre. Serum cholesterol increased slightly during MgO treatment because of an increase in LDL-cholesterol (10 per cent) and returned to pretreatment levels after a washout period.

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