Magnesium may help to address the following conditions:
attention deficit disorder
Magnesium-deficient rats have exhibited learning and memory problems, as well as hyperactivity. In a study of 50 ADHD children, 25 given 200 mg daily magnesium showed a significant reduction in hyperactive behavior compared to those who did not receive supplements of the mineral.
alcoholism
Alcohol depletes magnesium stores, and 30%-60% of alcoholics are deficient in the mineral. For those requiring supplementation, recommended doses are typically in the range of 200-400 mg. daily.
growing pains
Although vitamin E is the treatment of choice for Growing pains, magnesium can also bring relief in the event that vitamin E does not.
allergies
Intravenous administration of magnesium is an effective treatment for allergic flare-ups and quickly stops asthma attacks.
Alzheimer's disease
Calcium and magnesium may help Alzheimer's patients by slowing down aluminum absorption in the brain. Magnesium supplementation is also indicated by the findings that blood levels of magnesium are much lower than average in people with Alzheimer's, and that magnesium deficiency can cause the brain to age prematurely.
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
ALS has been linked to a condition of unbalanced minerals, which encourages abnormal uptake of toxic minerals such as aluminum. Specifically, insufficient dietary intake of calcium and magnesium appear to be positively associated with development of the disease.
angina pectoris
Magnesium is helpful in treating angina pectoris by helping to improve coronal artery flow.
cardiac arrhythmia
Magnesium is often helpful in treating arrhythmia, including atrial fibrillation and tachycardia. Magnesium balances calcium, and its deficiency can result in arrhymia due to calcium excess or low potassium.
arteriosclerosis
Magnesium can significantly reduce arteriosclerosis. According to Russell L. Blaylock, M.D. studies have shown that magnesium "improves endothelial cell function, reduces entry of cholesterol into the wall of the blood vessel, and acts as an antioxidant." Magnesium deficiency has been shown to double free-radical production in cells, which are then twice as susceptible to cell death under stress.
asthma
Magnesium encourages bronchial muscles to relax, thereby diminishing wheezing in those with asthma. Intravenous administration can stop an asthma attack in its tracks.
thrombosis
Magnesium supplementation helps to prevent dangerous blood clots.
blood pressure (high)
Individuals with high blood pressure often have low levels of magnesium. Dr. Robert Atkins, M.D. reported that a combination of magnesium, potassium, CoQ10, and taurine "will regulate blood pressure and avoid the need for drugs more than 80 percent of the time" when combined with a sugar-free diet.
blood sugar disorders
Magnesium deficiency results in impaired sugar metabolism. Since poor blood sugar control creates magnesium deficiency, maintaining adequate levels of the mineral is essential to anyone with diabetes or insulin resistance.
body odor
Low levels of magnesium can result in offensive body odor.
heart attack
Magnesium supplementation can help to improve blood vessel elasticity and lower cholesterol levels (a magnesium deficiency can lower HDL, the "good" cholesterol), thereby reducing the likelihood of a heart attack. Magnesium is also useful in the treatment of arrhythmia following a heart attack.
brain fog
Rats deficient in magnesium show deficiencies in learning and memory. In humans, magnesium deficiency causes the brain to age prematurely.
developmental disorders
Magnesium helps regulate the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR), a brain receptor important to learning and memory. Magnesium levels are directly correlated with learning ability and memory function. Studies have found magnesium-deficient rats to exhibit hyperactivity, learning difficulties, and/or memory problems.
bronchial disease
Magnesium deficiency has been linked to apnea and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Supplementation has been reported to reduce wheezing and relax bronchial muscle in some patients with breathing disorders.
bruxism
Magnesium deficiency is associated with bruxism, an involuntary grinding of the teeth that can interfere with restful sleep.
calcium deposits
Magnesium helps to prevent soft tissue calcium deposits, kidney stones, and gallstones. Reversal of soft tissue calcifications has been reported using treatment with magnesium sulphate, applied locally under anesthesia, followed by 4-6 months supplementation with magnesium lactate.
memory problems
Magnesium deficiency can result in memory problems, hyperactivity, and learning difficulties. Studies find that half of American adults do not consume the U.S. RDA of 400 mg of magnesium per day.
cardiovascular disease
Magnesium deficiency is strongly associated with cardiovascular disease and sudden cardiac death. An estimated 80 percent of Americans are deficient in magnesium, and the National Academy of Sciences estimates that supplementation of drinking water with calcium and magnesium could reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease by 150,000 a year in the U.S. A study of heart attack patients and their treatment found that mortality was lowed by 54% in patients whose post heart-attack treatment included infusions of magnesium. Magnesium serves as a coenzyme in more than 300 enzyme reactions.
migraine
Magnesium deficiency is associated with migraine headaches. Intravenous magnesium supplementation will usually prevent migraine symptoms for a full day or more. Oral magnesium supplementation is a good general preventative for migraines.
mitral valve prolapse
Mitral valve prolapse increases magnesium excretion. Magnesium supplementation can improve or even eliminate symptoms associated with mitral valve prolapse.
postviral fatigue syndrome
Magnesium has proven helpful for some chronic fatigue sufferers. Magnesium is a catalyst for many biochemical reactions in the body. Importantly, it helps activate B vitamins, relaxes muscles, and helps form ATP, the body's molecular transporter of energy within cells.
constipation
Magnesium supplements can be used for occasional constipation by taking advantage of their abillity to cause loosening of the bowels, or even diarrhea, in doses slightly larger than the usual. Epsom salts and the commercial laxative Milk of Magnesia are both magnesium-based laxatives.
dementia
Magnesium levels are lower than average in many dementia patients, and it is known that low magnesium levels can accelerate brain aging. One recent study suggests that magnesium supplementation can improve learning and memory in middle-aged adults. It remains unclear whether supplementation can improve cognitive performance in individuals diagnosed with senile dementia.
insomnia
Magnesium deficiency is associated with impaired sleep. Magnesium supplementation can promote restful sleep and prevent bruxism, a grinding of the teeth while asleep.
depression
Magnesium deficiency can cause nervousness, irritability, and depression. Because an estimated 75% of Americans are magnesium-deficient, assuring optimal magnesium intake -- around 300 mg daily -- is essential for those suffering from these conditions.
diabetes
Magnesium helps those with Type II diabetes better regulate blood sugar. Poor blood sugar control can deplete magnesium levels, so supplementation may be required to prevent deficiency.
heart failure
In one study, congestive heart failure patients with normal magnesium levels had nearly twice the survival rate of patients with low magnesium levels. Congestive heart failure patients taking diuretics such as furosemide may develop low magnesium levels. Magnesium supplementation can promote normal levels of both magnesium and potassium in the heart.
emphysema
Magnesium diminishes wheezing by encouraging bronchial muscles to relax, thereby helping those with emphysema to breathe more easily.
kidney problems
People with kidney stones have a greater-than-normal need for magnesium. In one experiment involving patients with histories of passing kidney stones, magnesium supplements (250 mg) were found to eliminate kidney stone formation. The patients remained stone-free through two years of followup.
fatigue
Magnesium is helpful in treating many cases of chronic fatigue. According to Robert Atkins, M.D., it is most powerful when combined with 1-2 grams of malic acid.
pregnancy
Magnesium can safely lower blood pressure in many cases of pre-eclampsia, or pregnancy-related high blood pressure.
fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia shares many symptoms with magnesium deficiency, and magnesium contributes to the successful treatment of fibromyalgia.
gallstones
Magnesium helps to prevent gallstones, but does not appear helpful in dissolving stones once they have formed.
cancer
Low magnesium intake appears to be associated with higher rates of cancer. Higher magnesium intake is also associated with decreased recurrence of colon cancer in patients treated for the disease.
intermittent claudication
Magnesium relaxes the muscles that constrict blood vessels, with benefit to those suffering from intermittent claudication, the pain often triggered by exercise of atherosclerotic legs.
leg cramps
Magnesium deficiency can result in muscular spasms, and may result in leg cramps that are relieved by supplementation.
muscle cramps
Magnesium deficiency can result in muscular spasms, and may result in leg cramps that are relieved by magnesium supplementation. This condition is particularly common in pregnant women.
liver disease
Magnesium is necessary for kidney and liver function. Magnesium deficiency increases damage from alcohol and other hepatotoxins, and patients with cirrhosis of the liver commonly exhibit low magnesium levels in skeletal muscle.
lung disease
Magnesium helps to reduce wheezing and relaxes bronchial muscles, improving breathing for individuals with bronchitis, emphysema, and other chronic lung disorders. Asthma is associated with magnesium deficiency, and intravenous administration of magnesium can quickly stop an attack in progress.
multiple sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is often associated with low levels of magnesium. Supplements of 800 mg per day reportedly help patients with MS metabolize B vitamins and essential fatty acids, establishing the nutritional foundation for improved nerve impulse transmission and coordination.
menstruation
Magnesium may help premenstrual mood swings and reduce migraines associated with premenstrual syndrome.
muscle conditions
Magnesium is essential to proper muscle function. Deficiency leads to muscle weakness, excessive tension, spasms, tics and other muscular disorders.
nervous irritability
Magnesium deficiency can result in nervousness and irritability.
nervous system disorders
Magnesium deficiency can cause premature brain aging, and low levels are associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's.
Parkinson's disease
Magnesium deficiency can cause premature brain aging, and low levels are associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's.
osteoporosis
Magnesium intake is a stronger predictor of bone density than calcium consumption. An adequate ratio of magnesium-to-calcium intake is required to assure that calcium is deposited in bones rather than arteries and elsewhere. The ideal ratio of magnesium to calcium is 1:1.
preeclampsia
Magnesium supplements are sometimes used by doctors to prevent seizures associated with preeclampsia in pregnancy.
premenstrual syndrome
Magnesium deficiency is strongly associated with symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. One clinical study found that magnesium reduced PMS-associated nervousness by 89%, breast pain by 96%, and pre-period weight gain by 95%.
respiratory problems
Magnesium helps to reduce wheezing and relaxes bronchial muscles, improving breathing for individuals with bronchitis, emphysema, and other chronic lung disorders. Asthma is associated with magnesium deficiency, and intravenous administration of magnesium can reportedly stop an asthma attack in its tracks.
tremors
Magnesium deficiency can cause tremors and disrupted sleep. Low levels of the mineral are also associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's.
kidney stones
People with kidney stones have a greater-than-normal need for magnesium. In one experiment involving patients with histories of passing kidney stones, magnesium supplements (250 mg) were found to eliminate kidney stone formation. The patients remained stone-free through two years of followup.
carpal tunnel syndrome
A complex of magnesium and calcium (2:1 calcium to magnesium) can reduce the symptoms of nerve irritation and muscle tightness associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.
 

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