What Does Magnesium Do For The Body

Why should you be worried about getting enough Magnesium?  What does Magnesium do for your body?  What would happen if you didn’t have Magnesium (Mg) in your body?

Mg glassYou will be ill!

If you don’t have enough of Mg in your body, in time, you will become ill! Not you may be or you could be, you will be!  You will probably then pack yourself off to the doctor and he will prescribe a drug and you will be on the treadmill of prescription drug taking maybe for the rest of your life.  If you can remedy your condition with natural nutrients rather than drugs, it is by far the best way to go.  Putting chemicals into the body which then has to contend with coping with strange substances, just gives it an added burden.

mildred-seeligThe eminent Dr Mildred S. Seelig  M.D., MPH

Dr Mildred Seelig, a world renowned researcher, studied the effects of magnesium deficiency and its devastating consequences for more than 35 years. She authored numerous peer reviewed articles and lectured before scientific audiences worldwide;  a master of the American College of Nutrition and chair of the Magnesium Advisory Board, which oversees New York Weill Cornell Medical Centre’s Magnesium Information Centre.

Unfortunately, Dr Seelig died in 2005 and this was a great loss to those championing Mg and desperately trying to educate the population about its crucial and vital role in nearly every facet of human health.  It may be because of her death and the admiration and respect she commanded, from all members of the medical community, that education in Mg has not progressed as it should.  Even so, there are a few medical professionals who are exceptionally knowledgeable about this subject.

Two other well known champions of Mg are Dr Carolyn Dean and Dr Dennis Goodman both of whom have written various books and articles on the subject.  Below are the two publications which IMHO are their best and well worth putting into your library.  The books are:

Magnesium MiracleThe Magnesium Miracle by Dr Carolyn Dean

Dr Dean is an MD but her forte is definately as a naturopathic doctor.  She is dedicated to helping the unwell with measures of nature rather than of prescription drugs.

Dr Dean is the author of over 30 books of which I personally think “The Magnesium Miracle” is the star.  Her knowledge of Magnesium (Mg) and its benefits for so many conditions, is unsurpassed.  If you value your health, this book is a must read.  It is comprehensive and covers every area you could imagine to do with this underrated mineral, which you ignore at your peril.

Dr Carolyn Dean presents this volume in clear terms for all to understand. It is based on all the latest research on Mg and possibly everyone can benefit from knowing all about this forgotten mineral.

Magnificent Magnesium by Dr Dennis Goodman

MagMagBookDr Dennis Goodman, an eminent cardiologist and proponent of Mg said recently “People are unaware of how important magnesium is and it’s all too common how deficient people are.  When I tell patients that they have the classic symptoms of magnesium deficiency, which can be very non-specific, ranging from fatigue, insomnia, palpitations, and things people just attribute to everyday life, they don’t understand it. Then I prescribe them something as simple as magnesium and they come back and can’t believe how well they’re feeling.”

Dr Goodman has written a book called ‘Magnificent Magnesium’.  This book is well worth adding to your library.  It is clearly laid out and easy to read and explains why the  heart needs Mg and how it is your essential key to heart health.  He also covers many of the other serious diseases that Mg deficiency can cause or exacerbate.

Mg declines, heart disease increases

The incidence of heart disease and diabetes has been advancing at alarming rates.  Coincidently, there has been a decline of intake of Mg per capita, year on year which matches the upward trend of these diseases.  Or is it a coincidence?  Dr Seelig thought not and spent most of her life proving the fact. She said  “Most modern heart disease is caused by magnesium deficiency.” – Dr Mildred S Seelig

heart attackMagnesium deficiency can lead to many metabolic disruptions that adversely affect virtually every bodily system.  This is vastly overlooked often leading to the development of life threatening conditions such as cardiovascular diseases including:

  • Acute Myocardial Infarction (heart attack)
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Arrhythmias including Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Cardiomegaly (enlarged heart)
  • Cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease)
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Heart Murmur
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Pericarditis/Pericardial Effusion
  • Premature Ventricular Contraction (PVC)
  • Stroke
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Some other serious conditions that can develop because of a Mg deficiency are:

  • Diabetes
  • Kidney Stones
  • Osteoporosis
  • syndrome XMetabolic Syndrome or Syndrome X
  • Obesity
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia (used to be known as fibrositis)
  • Asthma
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Gastrointestinal Problems

Research and Parkinson’s

Much research has and is being conducted suggesting that degenerative neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and Mutiple Sclerosis could be linked to a magnesium deficiency.  One study concludes “…our data are in agreement with the findings of epidemiological and case-control studies and suggest that the chronic loss of Mg2+ from brain tissue and thus, latent intracellular hypomagnesemia, contributes to neurodegeneration…”¹

An ignored Element

Doctors and therapists have mostly totally ignored the merits of Mg, to the detriment of many sufferers of various diseases. Unfortunately, Big Pharma is in control of medicating the population and educating our medics.  Dealing in vitamins and minerals is not profitable to them, hence, to a greater degree, natural remedies are ignored.

You can often get hints as to the incredible importance of Mg.  How many of you know that without Mg, cows, sheep and other grazers, can often succumb to the effects of its depletion, with a farmer commonly finding his animal dead from ‘grass staggers’ as this picture depicts.  Knowing this problem, our farm animals are treated regularly to prevent the condition and keep them safe from Mg deficiency.

dead cow from tetanyHypomagnesemic tetany, grass tetany or grass staggers and winter tetany is a metabolic disease involving magnesium deficiency, which can occur in such ruminant livestock as beef cattle, dairy cattle and sheep.

So why are farmers giving Mg?

So how is it that our farm animals are given Mg to stop serious or fatal disease?  Well, I think it’s down to money.   If animals are stricken with a disease that compromises profitability, they will be treated accordingly with a cheap and natural remedy which insures maximum profits.

When the human population is coming down with all kinds of ailments some of which are fatal and a direct response to Mg and other nutritional imbalances, where are our keepers, the doctors?  You may say I’m being cynical but there’s much more money to be made by Big Pharma, by plying us with drugs rather than using a cheap natural remedy.

Some doctors do put patients first

Thank goodness for those few doctors, who are aware and knowledgeable.  They are  persistent about the benefits of vitamins and minerals, they are not intimidated by prescribing them to their patients instead of drugs. This is despite being encouraged by Big Pharma to give out drugs for all conditions, sometimes inappropriately and often making the patient worse because of the side effects.  Some doctors have actually been chastised for recommending a natural remedy rather than a drug!

Ca:Mg BalanceWhat about excess calcium?

Nothing is mentioned by Big Pharma or the medical community, about the devastating affects of over consumption of Calcium (Ca), leading to a Mg deficiency by default.  Ca and Mg should be in balance for both elements to work symbiotically. Without balance, neither element will do its job and without Mg, Ca will be off around the body causing havoc by calcifying in soft tissue and organs.  It is usually Ca which is in abundance because of the lack of knowledge and ignorance of Mg.  Ca is touted willy-nilly by food manufacturers and medical practioners, often to the detriment of the patient.  Our children are force fed Ca, osteoporosis patients are told to consume Ca, the elderly are advised to supplement on Ca.  For our children, Ca without Mg will weaken bones and teeth, not strengthen.  For our osteoporosis patients, their condition will worsen, not improve and for our elderly, why do you think so many of them break their bones?  Answer: too much Ca and lack of Mg = weakened bones and calcification in soft tissue.

take controlTake control

It is really quite amazing to me, how such a simple solution to such a massive world health problem, can be ignored.  I blame Big Pharma, after all, they are just like all companies, that want to make as much profit as possible.  Trouble is, they are in the business of health and their profits can be at the expense of the trusting public who look to them and medics to keep them healthy.  ‘First do no harm” should be the number one principle of a medical practioner but if they won’t recognise or accept the benefits of vitamins and minerals over side-effect ridden drugs, it is at the expense of the population who are suffering because of remedies like a simple element known as Magnesium.

hippocraticoathTake your health into your own hands now!  Do your own research.  You’re just as intelligent and able to digest information as a doctor or scientist.  Use a supplement of Mg to boost your health and your quality of life and keep you safe from the serious diseases that can occur without it, not least the biggest killer in the world, heart disease.  Take control of your health and your life.  Don’t leave it in the hands of those that are taking no notice of their Hippocratic Oath “first do no harm”.

IMHO, the best supplement is Mg Chloride which can be taken orally or administered topically.  Mg Citrate powder is my choice if you have digestive problems specifically constipation, a common side effect of Mg deficiency.

Ches Power AuthorI would be interested to hear your comments and how you have or are suffering from conditions that could be helped with Mg.   Here’s to your improved health, wellbeing and quality of life!  Ches

  1. Substitution p.A350V in Na /Mg Exchanger SLC41A1, Potentially Associated with Parkinson’s Disease, Is a Gain-of-Function Mutation. Martin Kolisek et al., PLoS One. 2013; 8(8): e71096. Published online 2013 Aug 15. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0071096 –
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20 thoughts on “What Does Magnesium Do For The Body

  1. Hi Anastasia and thanks for your input and comment. I am sure you will notice a big difference in your health when you start taking a magnesium supplement. Make sure you use a good quality one such as ReMag or Ionic Magnesium. Avoid Mg Oxide, it is poorly absorbed. If you wish to use a topical form, Ancient Minerals is ideal. Good luck and the best of health to you. Ches

  2. Dear Chessie

    Bing had any bad experiences with doctors in the past and having suffered quite few side effects caused by medications.

    I was very interested to come across your article and recommendations regarding magnesium. I will certainly be including it in my arsenal of supplements.

    Thank you for opening my eyes.

    Kind regards
    Anastasia

  3. Hi Garrick and thanks for reading my post. Your son could use a diluted version of Mg Chloride solution to help with his breakouts. My neighbour who has psoriasis, has all but eliminated his sores. He has stopped his prescription drugs and just takes Mg Chloride oral solution daily, he is a changed man. There are two Mg Chloride solutions that I recommend, Dr Dean’s ReMag (quite expensive) or the slightly cheaper Ionic Magnesium which you can find on the sidebar of this site. Give it a try. Mg Chloride is 100% bioavailable, I take 600mg during the day which I put in a litre of water. It’s a good way of keeping hydrated too! If you’re in the UK I will send you a free sample to try. Ches

  4. Great article!

    Thanks for giving me the information I need to make an intelligent decision about my next move.

    I have a son that has a low magnesium count. What its happen with him is he has skin issues with breakouts.

    Hopefully with some of the things you share will put us in a position to seek the best help.

    Thanks again,

  5. Hi there Angel and thanks for taking the trouble to read my post. I’m gratified to know that you have taken the information on board and hopefully it will help you structure your future health. Please check out Best Magnesium Supplements To Take which will give you the low down on all types of Mg supplements. Also Foods With High Magnesium will help you decide which foods would suit your diet best in gaining your quota of Mg. Good health to you and yours. Ches

  6. Thank you for your article Chessie.Very important to know about the benefits of being in balance with the special supplements in our lives to get the best and the most from vitamins minerals and in this case the importance of ingesting magnesium on the daily basis to prevent serious diseases. I will pay more attention about this ,thanks a lot for your great article.

  7. Hi Ben and thanks for reading the post. By the way, it’s a young cow in the picture, that’s died from grass tetany. It can happen to humans, particularly athletes, who can succumb to ‘sudden cardiac death syndrome’ from excessive exercise and subsequent magnesium depletion. There are many foods rich in magesium but unfortunately, not as rich as they used to be 100 years ago. Our agricultural practices have depleted the soil of many nutrients, magnesium being, IMHO the most important. You need Mg every day, you can’t make it yourself and it gets depleted daily by the work it has to do in the body and being naturally excreted. One problem is, we consume too much Calcium (Ca) compared to Mg. Ca/Mg balance should be 1:1 but it’s estimated to be more like 10:1 which is asking for trouble! I’m just about to put up a new page which will give you a list of all the foods that will have Mg in them and their values per stated portion. Should be up tomorrow. Good health to you, Ches

  8. I has no idea that A: Magnesium is important and B:Most people have a magnesium deficiency and that that is bad.

    Is that dog dead from magnesium deficiency? If so, can that happen to humans too? I hope not!

    And where can I get magnesium? Besides supplements. Is there a natural way to get it? Any natural foods? I beleive natural nutrients are superior to supplements, though others may disagree. Im no specialist or whatever, I just prefer natural.

  9. It’s so good to know Phil, that you’ve made sure your levels are up. It will surely help all areas of your health and diminish the possibility of stroke and heart problems, which after all, are the biggest killers in the UK and the US. I see you haven’t mentioned fish, perhaps you don’t like seafood but it is really beneficial to eat if you can. If you do go for a supplement, let me know how you get on. I’m always interested to learn of new experiences with using Mg. Using it has had a profound and positive affect on my life and I really want to spread the word, especially to the older generation who expect and are expected to slowly grind to a halt in their older years. This is not necessary and Mg can really change lives so we can keep supple and healthy throughout our autumn years. Best wishes, Ches

  10. Thanks for the reply Ches,
    I follow Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s “Eat To Live” program which is that I mainly eat; Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries and Seeds and as little as possible of everything else. So, your best foods list is covered.
    I was afraid that food alone wouldn’t cover my magnesium needs. I do take a vitamin/mineral supplement as well as drink water that has minerals added. I think I’m very close to that 400 mg a day mark.
    I’ve learned a lot here and I hope that a lot people get your message.
    All the best.
    Phil

  11. Hi there Phill and thanks for reading the post. The best foods to eat with the maximum amount of Mg within them are all seafood, nuts, seeds, whole grains, dark leafy veggie, although most all veggies have some, avocados, bananas, dried fruit, dark choc 70% or more. The problem is with most of our food, it’s not so magnesium rich any more because of agricultural practices and depletion of nutrients in the soil. Mg deficiency is a modern problem and consequently supplementation is necessary, particularly as we have much more Calcium (Ca) in the foods we eat than Mg. The Ca – Mg balance is the main problem. Try and keep you Ca – Mg at a 1:1 ratio and you can’t go far wrong, but it’s difficult as many food manufacturers are fortifying with Ca without Mg. The minimum amount of Mg needed to keep your body healthy is around 400mg per day, depending on your weight. If you’re stressed or have an illness, this should be increased as stress of the mind and/or body will deplete your Mg levels more than usual. Mg Citrate is laxative, so if you need to increase your intake, use Mg Chloride. Good health to you Phill, Ches

  12. Ches, I’m very interested in what you have to teach here.
    I’ve seen you mention the supplements Mg Chloride and Mg Citrate, and I’m certainly for taking supplements when necessary. I prefer, if possible to eat the foods that would provide the nutrient in sufficient dosage.
    My question would be what foods to you recommend to supply the needed amounts of Magnesium daily?
    Phil

  13. Hi there Merceadez and thanks for reading the post. I don’t take any vitamins either, just Magnesium (Mg). I try to eat healthily with plenty of Mg rich foods like nuts, seeds, seafood and dark green leafy veggie, whole grains and eggs. You will be astonished how much we need Mg and how it controls ensymatic processes and most importantly how it manages Calcium (Ca) which is often too abundant in our bodies in relation to Mg. Ca and Mg should be in equal amounts for both of the elements to work properly. Without Mg, Ca is a rogue and will migrate to parts of your body where it shouldn’t be. The best book IMHO is Dr Dean’s ‘The Magnesium Miracle’. Good health to you, Ches

  14. Hi there and thanks for reading the post. Mg is necessary for a healthy body and if you are deficient in it, you will come down with various ailments and could even risk contracting heart disease, diabetes, kidney stones, alzheimer’s, the list is endless. Why is that? because Mg is a cofactor for hundreds of enzymatic processes, in other words, without Mg your body can’t function properly. The most important function, of course is the heart which is a muscle. Mg relaxes muscles, Calcium (Ca) contracts muscles. Without Mg, Ca takes over and you have contraction without relaxation, hence muscle pain and/or muscle spasms and, of course, as the heart is a muscle this can happen to the heart as well. We nearly always have too much Ca in our bodies in relation to Mg, estimated as being often 10:1! Ca without Mg is asking for trouble. Ca will start to migrate to areas of the body where it should not be, kidney stones is a good example. Mg keeps Ca in check and doing it’s job properly. The Mg/Ca balance is critical. Mg salts are used in hospitals. When my late husband contracted AF from being Mg deficient, he was often given large IV doses of Mg to bring him out of fibrillation. Mg is a metallic element and it does burn bright in oxygen. Ches

  15. I had no idea that the non use of magnesium is so detrimental to our health. I’ve never been a taker of vitamins but your article has changed my mind. I plan to read these books and get a better understanding of what I can do for my health naturally.

  16. I would like to know more about mg itself. Please tell me more about it like the health benefits and what conditions it helps fight against.Is mg used in hospitals and off the counter drugs?

    Isn’t this is the compound or chemical that shines bright if you try to light it up?

  17. Hi Adam and thanks for reading the post. I’m so gratified that there are doctors out there that know the benefits of magnesium, he is in the minority I’m afraid. I hope you’re coping better with your Mg supplement. Can you tell me the name of the Mg effervescent tablet your were prescribed? Good health to you. Ches

  18. Hi there and thanks for reading my post. I’m pleased to hear that you have gained something from it and are au fait with the benefits of magnesium. Good health to you. Ches

  19. I’m a plasma donator (blood plasma). On average I donate plasma once a week. I used to feel so feable after the donation (sometimes even the day after the donation!) so i asked for advice from my GP. He told me to start taking some kind of special Mg effervescent tablet. This stuff just makes me cope much easier with the weariness caused by donating!!!
    Nobody should ever underestimate the importance of minerals, especially Mg’s…

    Adam

  20. Hi Ches, I liked your review on the magnesium miracle. It is I think good place to learn more about health benefits of magnesium. As the owner of how spinach benefits, I know how magnesium is important to the human body and especially to the heart.

    By your article, I came to know many more benefits of Mg. Thanks for sharing info here.

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