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Magnesium for Superior Health, Cardiac Conditions, Angina, Muscle Cramps, Migraines, Diabetes, Reflux (updated May 20,2008)

5th November 2007 by Arrow Durfee Posted in Uncategorized

Dr. Mark Hyman, MD.

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A deficiency in this critical nutrient, magnesium, makes you twice as likely to die as other people, according to a study published in the journal “Critical Care.”

I remember using magnesium when I worked in the emergency room. It was a critical “medication” on the crash cart. If someone was dying of a life-threatening arrhythmia (or irregular heart beat), we used intravenous magnesium.

If someone was constipated or needed to prepare for colonoscopy, we gave them milk of magnesia or a green bottle of liquid magnesium citrate, which emptied their bowels.

If pregnant women came in with pre-term labor, or high blood pressure of pregnancy (pre-eclampsia) or seizures, we gave them continuous high doses of intravenous magnesium.

Anything that is tight, irritable, crampy, and stiff — whether it is a body part or an even a mood — is a sign of magnesium deficiency.


Well, this critical mineral is responsible for over 300 enzyme reactions and is found in all of your tissues — but mainly, bone, muscle, and brain.

The list of conditions that are found related to magnesium deficiency is very long.

In fact, there are over 3,500 medical references on magnesium deficiency!

You might be magnesium deficient if you have any of the following symptoms:

* muscle cramps or twitches
* insomnia
* irritability
* sensitivity to loud noises
* anxiety
* autism
* palpitations
* angina
* constipation
* headaches
* migraines
* fibromyalgia
* chronic fatigue
* asthma
* kidney stones
* diabetes
* obesity
* osteoporosis
* high blood pressure
* menstrual cramps
* irritable bladder
* irritable bowel syndrome
* reflux
* trouble swallowing

By conservative standards of measurement (blood, or serum, magnesium levels), 65 percent of people admitted to the intensive care unit — and about 15 percent of the general population – have magnesium deficiency.

Why are we so deficient?

The answer is simple: Many of us eat a diet that contains practically no magnesium — a highly processed, refined diet that is based mostly on white flour, meat, and dairy (all of which have no magnesium).

When was the last time you had a good dose of sea vegetables (seaweed), nuts, greens, and beans? If you are like most Americans, your nut consumption mostly comes from peanut butter, and mostly in chocolate peanut butter cups.

Our processed diet contains almost no magnesium.

It is also often poorly absorbed and easily lost from our bodies.

To absorb magnesium we need a lot of it in our diet, plus enough vitamins B6 and D and selenium to get the job done.

Moreover, much of modern life conspires to help us lose whatever magnesium we get in our diet.

Magnesium levels are decreased by excess alcohol, salt, coffee, phosphoric acid in colas, profuse sweating, prolonged or intense stress, chronic diarrhea, excessive menstruation, diuretics (water pills), antibiotics and other drugs, and some intestinal parasites.

In fact, in one study in Kosovo, people under chronic war stress lost large amounts of magnesium in their urine.

So if you suffer from any of the symptoms I mentioned or have any of the diseases I noted, don’t worry — it is an easy fix!!

Here’s how.

* Limit coffee, colas, salt, sugar and alcohol

* Learn how to practice active relaxation

* Check with your doctor if your medication is causing magnesium loss (many high blood pressure drugs or diuretics cause loss of magnesium)

Eat foods high in magnesium.

* These include kelp, wheat bran, wheat germ, almonds, cashews, buckwheat, brazil nuts, dulse, filberts, millet, pecans, walnuts, rye, tofu, soy beans, brown rice, figs, dates, collard greens, shrimp, avocado, parsley, beans, barley, dandelion greens, and garlic

Take magnesium supplements.

* The RDA (the minimum amount needed) for magnesium is about 300 mg a day. Most of us get far less than 200 mg

* Some may need much more depending on their condition

* Most people benefit from 400 to 1,000 mg a day

* The most absorbable forms are magnesium citrate, glycinate, taurate, or aspartate, although magnesium bound to Kreb cycle chelates (malate, succinate, fumarate) are also good

* Avoid magnesium carbonate, sulfate, gluconate, and oxide. They are poorly absorbed (and the cheapest and most common forms found in supplements)

* Side effects from too much magnesium include diarrhea, which can be avoided if you switch to magnesium glycinate

* Most minerals are best taken as a team with other minerals in a multi-mineral formula

* Taking a hot bath with Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) is a good way to absorb and get much needed magnesium

* People with kidney disease or severe heart disease should take magnesium only under a doctor’s supervision


BACKGROUND: Magnesium deficiency can cause dyslipidemia and insulin hypersecretion, which may facilitate gallstone formation. However, the effect of long-term consumption of magnesium on the risk of gallstone disease is unknown.

METHODS: We prospectively studied magnesium consumption and risk of gallstone disease in a cohort of 42,705 U.S. men from 1986 to 2002. Magnesium consumption was assessed using a validated semiquantitative food frequency questionnaire. Newly diagnosed gallstone disease was ascertained biennially.

RESULTS: We documented 2,195 incident cases of symptomatic gallstones during 560,810 person-years of follow-up. The age-adjusted relative risks (RRs) for men with total magnesium intake and dietary magnesium, when the highest and lowest quintiles were compared, were 0.67 (95% confidence interval [CI] 0.59-0.77, P for trend <0.0001) and 0.67 (CI 0.59-0.76, P for trend <0.0001), respectively.

After adjusting for multiple potential confounding variables, when extreme quintiles were compared, the multivariate RR of total magnesium intake (RR 0.72, CI 0.61-0.86, P for trend = 0.006) and dietary magnesium (RR 0.68, CI 0.57-0.82, P for trend = 0.0006) remained significant with a dose-response relationship.

CONCLUSIONS: Our findings suggest a protective role of magnesium consumption in the prevention of symptomatic gallstone disease among men.

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7 Responses to “Magnesium for Superior Health, Cardiac Conditions, Angina, Muscle Cramps, Migraines, Diabetes, Reflux (updated May 20,2008)”

  1. Arnold Mathew Says:

    agree with you… reduces most of the cardiovascular diseases like coronary artery disease, so hurray can avoid statin drugs.

  2. leigh Says:

    I am glad I found your article. I had three 12 oz. cokes (caffeine-free) last night, and I had not had a coke all weekend. This morning, I had no water, and I grabbed a Sprite, which isn’t the best choice, but it’s a long story. Anyway, my thigh muscles started a dull throb, and so I finally gulped down some water. The cramps went away, but then, the throbbing came back, so I drank a ton of water at lunch. And then the throbbing came back in about an hour, so I drank more water and they went away. And then, I got a headache (the weather is warming up here), but I got some trail mix and vitamin water with electrolytes, and I’m okay now, and I’ve had more water.
    So, all that to say: I assume it was the phosphoric acid in the coke, lowering my magensium levels? I would love an email from you re. this.
    Also – I’ve noticed that sometimes when I am starting to not feel well, I get that same throbbing in my thighs and abdomen.
    I had the flu a couple of weeks ago, and I felt this throbbing after going to the bathroom about 10X. I drank Gatorade like a mad woman, and it helped a bunch.

  3. Arrow Durfee Says:


    Coke and soda pop in general is one of the worst things you can do to your body. It makes the internal fluids very acidic which lends to chronic disease as you turn your insides into fertile soil for all kinds of parasites, invisible as well as visible. It makes fodder for the growth of cancer.

    And if you drink diet soda you risk loosing your mental capacities due to the neurotoxin, aspertame (nutrasweet)

    Since you have had these experiences I would think that you are likley severely mineral deficient as this does not happen to most people who drink a couple of cokes.

    Find yourself a good mineral supplement and take it daily. A blended calcium magnesium supplement is good, making sure that the calcium is not carbonate but rather calcium citrate and the magnesium is mag. citrate. It should also have boron in it. Also find a trace mineral supplement. I like the trace mineral supplements at and their prices are very good.

    You may want to look at some of the mineral supplements at I’ve heard very good reports on their magnesium supplements. The ratio of magnesium to calcium is generally wrong in most products. Global light has some nice magnesum products to supplement a product like Bone up from Jarrow brand.

    I have used and like very much a product called CalAbsorb from Great American Products. 800-466-8615

  4. Arrow Durfee Says:


    “A lack of magnesium accelerates aging in human cells, which may explain the link between any long-term deficiency and a higher risk of aging-related diseases, a study released Monday said.

    Magnesium is essential for hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, and keeps bones strong.

    Yet research has shown that, at least in the United States, more than half the population is lacking in magnesium due to deficiencies in their diet, potentially increasing their risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers.

    To try to understand why magnesium deficiency predisposes people to disease, Bruce Ames and researchers at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute in California studied the long-term effects of moderate magnesium deficiency on human fibroblasts, cells that provide a structural framework for many tissues in the body.

    They cultured the cells for their entire lifespan, a period of three to four months, to mimick the effects of a lack of magnesium in the study which appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

    They found that while the cells survived and divided normally under moderate magnesium-depleted conditions, they appeared to become older quicker than cells grown in normal magnesium concentrations.

    “Magnesium deficiency affects the way the cells age. Accelerated cellular aging affects the way tissue functions,” said David Killilea, an associate staff scientist in the Nutrition and Metabolism Center at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute.

    “We are now thinking that cellular consequences of magnesium deficiency may be driving long-term chronic disease.”

    Ames and Killilea suggested the markers of accelerated cellular aging in magnesium-deficient cells may indicate that the cells were in triage mode, saving resources for indispensable metabolic processes at the expense of long-term function.

    As for diagnosing and treating chronic moderate magnesium deficiency, there is no good laboratory marker for this type of condition. It tends to fly under the radar, the scientists said.

    “You could be moderately deficient for a long time and not know it,” said Killilea.

    Food sources rich in the micronutrient include green vegetables such as spinach, beans, nuts, and unrefined grains.”

  5. Richard Says:

    There are other elements (major elements) required in much larger amounts for body structure, as energy sources, and for osmotic pressure maintenance including calcium, magnesium, sodium, chloride, sulfur, phosphorous, carbon, nitrogen, and hydrogen. These are all light elements.

  6. Anxietygirl Says:

    Most people get Diabetes because of the lack of exercise and overeating. We should be more aware of our lazy lifestyles and start exercising regulary to avoid Type II Diabetes.

  7. Caramoan Says:

    Diabetes can be prevented by just having a physically active lifestyle. Just exercise everyday and avoid eating too much. Avoid sweets and high carb foods too.