with calcium, magnesium is an essential mineral for your
body. This vital mineral that is involved in
hundreds of essential chemical processes in your body.
it daily along with your calcium supplement. People don't get enough of
it from their diet alone. Experts suggest a dosage between 250 to 350
mg daily for healthy adults.
containing magnesium hydroxide (such as Phillips Milk of Magnesia) can
be safely and effectively used to treat constipation.
Aches / Indigestion
combined with calcium carbonate, this combination is effective for
treating indigestion and stomach aches. Rolaids is one
In clinical studies, taking magnesium supplements prevented kidney
stones from forming.
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treating and curing it.
(Gestational High Blood Pressure)
studies prove that intravenous magnesium reduces high blood pressure
during pregnancy. This is considered by experts to be one of the
standard treatments for pre-eclampsia.
In several clinical studies, taking this
mineral reduced the severity and duration of migraine and
cluster headaches. As well, people who suffer from migraine seem to have lower blood levels of this mineral.
In additional to calcium supplements, there are many studies to show
that magnesium is needed to help prevent osteoporosis.
Symptoms of angina is a clear symptom of heart disease and can
potentially lead to a heart
Taking this mineral supplement reduces the symptoms of angina and helps
to lower high blood
pressure in those suffering with this health condition.
/ Diabetes Prevention
seems to lower blood sugar levels in those suffering from type 2
diabetes. This mineral is required for proper insulin function. As
well, up to 38% of diabetic patients are found to be low in
is some evidence that higher levels of magnesium reduce a person's risk
of getting diabetes and diabetic neuropathy (diabetic nerve problems).
||High Blood Pressure
Several studies have shown that taking calcium along with magnesium
helps to lower blood pressure.
See our detailed DASH diet guidelines to find out how following this diet can significantly lower high blood pressure.
Clinical studies show that this mineral can reduce bloating and mood
swings in females suffering from PMS.
Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
study discovered that children with ADHD seem to have lower magnesium
levels than normal. In another well-designed
study involving 50 children,
giving 200 mg of magnesium daily for six months helped reduced the
Additional studies will be needed to get confirmation of this
Heart Beat (Arrhythmia)
Clinical studies showed that this mineral can reduce the risk of
arrhythmia after a heart
not all clinical studies showed this benefit. There are several
well-designed studies that showed it made no difference.
In one study, patients taking this mineral report less pain and
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The intravenous form of this mineral seems to help with asthma attacks.
Some clinical studies show that taking this mineral results in improvements in asthma symptoms.
is some weak evidence that those suffering from restless leg syndrome
might have lower levels of this mineral than the general population.
is not always the case as some people with this syndrome have normal
blood levels of this mineral.
Somes studies suggest that low levels of this minerals affects nerve
function. A chronic state of stress can cause the body to use up more
of this mineral.
- Probably Not Effective
reports suggest that supplementation with this mineral may enhance
sports performance. However, many clinical studies show that taking
this mineral has no effect on increasing energy or endurance during
in mind that if you are low in this
mineral it can affect muscle and heart function. Most of these studies
looked at healthy individuals or trained athletes. These group of
individuals are the least likely to suffer low magnesium
Benefits and Traditional Uses
- attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- cluster headaches
- chest pain
- congestive heart failure (CHF)
- dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation)
- gallbladder problems
- hearing loss
disease (cardiovascular disease)
- heart failure
(high blood pressure)
- indigestion (dyspepsia)
- irregular heart beat (arrhythmia)
- kidney stones
- irregular heart beat
- premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- restless leg syndrome
- stomach ache (dyspepsia)
and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Here are some
facts. It is an essential mineral that serves a wide
variety of functions in the body. Because it does so much, it can be
very difficult to find out exactly what happens when you are deficient
in this mineral.
This essential mineral is involved in the creation of new cells,
building bones, proteins and
fatty acids, nerve functions, energy formation, muscle function,
clotting blood, regulating the action of insulin and many others.
What health conditions could cause deficiency in
prescription blood pressure
medication (diuretics) can cause the loss of this essential mineral.
Talk to your pharmacist to find out. People suffering from heart disease
failure, diabetes and alcoholism might increase your
risk of being deficient in this mineral.
What are some signs and symptoms of magnesium
this mineral can cause
serious problems. It seems to be linked to diabetes, heart disease,
high blood pressure, chronic fatigue syndrome,
attention-hyperactivity deficit disorder (ADHD) and many other
What are some foods high in magnesium content?
sources of this
mineral include fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, grains and
products. In general foods high in fiber content generally are good
sources of this essential mineral. Magnesium is well absorbed from food
What are the best forms of magnesium to take?
comes as different salt
as oxide, hydroxide,
gluconate, sulfate, chloride, malate, fumarate, succinate, glutamate
and citrate. Many mineral supplements containing this mineral
may use more than one salt
form of magnesium.
What are some common side effects from taking
common side effect of taking
too much of this mineral is diarrhea. That's why it can be effectively
used for treating constipation. Other side effects include stomach
upset, nausea and vomiting.
What can I expect if I overdose or
take too much magnesium supplements?
this mineral is rare.
However, there are two reported cases of severe overdose that caused
Symptoms of severe overdose many include severe low blood pressure,
suppression of breathing, confusion, drowsiness, weakness, irregular
heart beat, confusion and coma.
Can I take this if I have kidney disease?
If you suffer
from any type of kidney disease, you should talk to your family doctor
first before taking large doses this supplement.
Does this mineral help with weight loss?
There is no
good evidence that taking this mineral would directly
help with weight loss. However this mineral is involved in
regulating blood sugar levels and may play a role in weight loss in
diabetics who are overweight.
to Take It
Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) is 400 mg daily. Generally, dosage
ranging from a low of 100 mg to a high of 2,000 mg daily has been used
in clinical studies. Split up the daily dose recommended into two or
daily to reduce the risk of getting side effects.
Dosage higher than 400 mg daily should be supervised by a healthcare
- 600 to 1,000 mg daily in divided doses.
- 600 mg daily in divided doses (usually 300 mg twice daily). Some studies used 200 mg three times daily.
- 150 to 750 mg daily (higher dose needs to be divided).
deficient-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Dose is based on body weight. Use 6 mg for each kilogram of body
weight daily. The study lasted for 6 months. For safety when using this
mineral in children, consult a healthcare
professional and ensure the therapy is monitor by your family doctor.
- 200 to 360 mg daily.Asthma
- Take 300 to 400 mg daily.
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