Magnesium: Meet the Most Powerful Relaxation Mineral Available

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A DEFICIENCY IN THIS CRITICAL nutrient makes you twice as likely to die as other people, according to a study published in The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.(i) It also accounts for a long list of symptoms and diseases — which are easily helped and often cured by adding this nutrient. In fact, in my practice, this nutrient is one of my secret weapons against illness. Yet up to half of Americans are deficient in this nutrient and don’t know it.

I’m talking about magnesium.

It is an antidote to stress, the most powerful relaxation mineral available, and it can help improve your sleep.

I find it very funny that more doctors aren’t clued in to the benefits of magnesium, because we use it all the time in conventional medicine. But we never stop to think about why or how important it is to our general health or why it helps our bodies function better.

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.

But you don’t have to be in the hospital to benefit from getting more magnesium. You can start taking regular magnesium supplementation today and see results.

The Relaxation Mineral

Think of magnesium as the relaxation mineral. 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.

This critical mineral is actually responsible for over 300 enzyme reactions and is found in all of your tissues — but mainly in your bones, muscles, and brain. You must have it for your cells to make energy, for many different chemical pumps to work, to stabilize membranes, and to help muscles relax.

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

That is why the list of conditions that are found related to magnesium deficiency is so long. In fact, there are over 3,500 medical references on magnesium deficiency!

Even so, this mineral is mostly ignored because it is not a drug, even though it is MORE powerful than drugs in many cases. That’s why we use it in the hospital for life-threatening and emergency situations like seizures and heart failure.

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
  • ADD
  • Palpitations
  • Angina
  • Constipation
  • Anal spasms
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Asthma
  • Kidney stones
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • High blood pressure
  • PMS
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Irritable bladder
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Reflux
  • Trouble swallowing

Magnesium deficiency has even has been linked to inflammation in the body and higher CRP levels.

In our society, magnesium deficiency is a huge problem. 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.

But this seriously underestimates the problem, because a serum magnesium level is the LEAST sensitive way to detect a drop in your total body magnesium level. So rates of magnesium deficiency could be even higher!

The reason we are so deficient 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.

Much of modern life conspires to help us lose what little magnesium we do 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.

This is all further complicated by the fact that magnesium is often poorly absorbed and easily lost from our bodies. To properly absorb magnesium we need a lot of it in our diet, plus enough vitamin B6, vitamin D, and selenium to get the job done.

A recent scientific review of magnesium concluded, “It is highly regrettable that the deficiency of such an inexpensive, low-toxicity nutrient results in diseases that cause incalculable suffering and expense throughout the world.” (ii) I couldn’t’ have said it better myself.

It is difficult to measure and hard to study, but magnesium deficiency accounts for untold suffering — and is simple to correct. 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.

Stop Draining Your Body of Magnesium

  • 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

Include the following in your diet as often as you can:

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.

So if you’re coping with the symptoms here, relax! Magnesium is truly a miracle mineral. It is essential for lifelong vibrant health.

Now I’d like to hear from you…

Do you suffer from any of the symptoms I’ve mentioned?

Do you currently take a magnesium supplement? What results have you noticed?

Which of the tips mentioned above do you plan to try?

Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

To your good health,

Mark Hyman, MD

References

(i) Tong, GM and RK Rude. 2005. Magnesium deficiency in critical illness. J Intensive Care Med 20 (1):3-17. Review.

(ii) S. Johnson. 2001. The multifaceted and widespread pathology of magnesium deficiency. Med Hypotheses 56(2): 163-70

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233 Responses to Magnesium: Meet the Most Powerful Relaxation Mineral Available

  1. Susan Phillips July 13, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    I was having a real problem with constant dehydration and cramping of muscles–especially in my feet, toes, & hands. I ended up in the hospital last winter with a simple virus, and my magnesium was so low that they gave me a magnesium I.V. That felt wonderful but after I left the hospital it wasn’t long before I was cramping again. I exercise nearly every day, and I sweat a lot. I got to the point that I was almost afraid to exercise because I knew my muscles would be cramping that night. I took a magnesium supplement each day, but it didn’t seem to do any good. I finally ordered a time-release magnesium that you take four times a day. It costs a little more than most magnesium, but I noticed a difference right away. Within a few days, I was not cramping anymore, and I felt better emotionally. I’m convinced magnesium is one of the most important things I’ve done for my body.

    • Wendy Watson September 5, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

      I have the same difficulty re exercise. I take a low dose diuretic due to mild pulmonary hypertension that may be a result of radiation to the breast area (breast cancer 20 years ago- wish I hadn’t done this!) I retain some water now. Magnesium citrate in amount enough to alleviate the cramps goes right through me and contributes to diarrea. I’m having 1 ml IV’s of magnesium now to see if it helps to bypass the alimentary canal! It does some, but I don’t want to have the IV’s forever. I’m going to try the time released magnesium- thank you so much for sharing this!

      Is there a brand yoiu can share with me? Does the staff have any other recommendation? OR..it would be great not to have to take the diuretic- any suggestions to try?

      Thanks for this article. The information is wonderful!

    • Lorraine June 5, 2014 at 6:28 pm #

      I suffer from leg spasm, twitching and tightness, insomnia, irritable bladder, heavy periods, fibroids, menstrual cramps, obesity, chronic fatigue, aches, pain and body stiffness, irritability. I just bought some magnesium today. Thanks.

      • Kayla Burns September 16, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

        Lorraine, please have your calcium, PTH and vitamin d checked. You have lots of symptoms I had….parathryroid.com is where I found help.

    • cheryl July 22, 2014 at 9:05 pm #

      ” The Magnesium Cure ” by Dr. Caroline Dean
      recommends pekoe meter magnesium or magnesium citrate sipped throughout the day instead of all at once to prevent loose bowel.

    • Marian McDonald.8 Riverside Drive Palmerstown, Dublin 20 ireland October 17, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

      I used to suffer from stress, anxiety, Poor sleep, fatigue, mood swings and depression. I began taking magnesium citrate and the result was unbelieveable. After about one week, I began to feel much better. My skin began to improve as well as my hair and I felt calmer in myself. I take 2 teaspoons in glass of water in the morning. Now, this may not suit everybody because it loosens the bowel and you may do better on magnesium taurate. Stay close to a toilet until you become comfortable with what works best for you personally. Its worth a try. Love and good luck.

  2. Nikitha September 6, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    I have followed your program and have attended seminars on supplements to help with anxiety and depression. Now I am pregnant, and have no idea what amounts of supplements are appropriate/ safe while pregnant to help ward off depression, sleep depravation, and anxiety. I have been taking Integrative Therapeutics Multiplex-2 without iron, Integrative Therapeutics Tyler mineral complex w/o iron, and Integrative Therapeutics PurEFA fish oil.

    I need recommended amounts for the vitamins / minerals in the Ultrawellnes Guide for PREGNANCY please. Thanks in advance! You have helped me tremendously with feeling healthy and balanced, I just want to avoid falling back into depression.

    • dhstaff September 15, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

      Nikitha you wrote:

      “I have followed your program and have attended seminars on supplements to help with anxiety and depression. Now I am pregnant, and have no idea what amounts of supplements are appropriate/ safe while pregnant to help ward off depression, sleep depravation, and anxiety. I have been taking Integrative Therapeutics Multiplex-2 without iron, Integrative Therapeutics Tyler mineral complex w/o iron, and Integrative Therapeutics PurEFA fish oil.

      I need recommended amounts for the vitamins / minerals in the Ultrawellnes Guide for PREGNANCY please. Thanks in advance! You have helped me tremendously with feeling healthy and balanced, I just want to avoid falling back into depression.”

      Unfortunately, due to the number of queries Dr. Hyman cannot answer questions of this nature at this time. However, Maggie Ward, MS, the nutrition director at the UltraWellness Center offers the following response:

      You will want to look for high-quality pregnancy package such as Metagenics Pregnancy packs. It’s important to include fish oil as part of your supplement regimen–the Metagenics pack has this in it. You should also probably start taking some iron, as anemia is more common in pregnancy. Many multis like the ones mentioned above contain iron. In terms of dosage, the main thing you want to watch for is overdoing the vitamin A. You should take no more than 10,000IU of vitamin A a day. Vitamin A in the form of beta or mixed carotenoids is better. Other vitamins and minerals are less of a risk. The key is to invest in high-quality supplements–many companies now produce pregnancy packages and some, like the Metagenics package mentioned above, are quite good.

  3. Suzyn September 27, 2010 at 11:07 am #

    I am a sufferer of not only daily migraine with aura , low thyroid, lots of auto immune disorders, but also almost all the symptoms of magesium deficiency except my blood pressure is always low. I take a lot of Mag. supplements but have only found the type Dr. Harmon does not recommend, I need to try and find the good type. I really want off all the meds as I they change who I am, make me not be the mom I want to be, and make me feel awful. I am cognitively impaired, my hair falls out and worst of all, my temper, I have become foul mouthed and so short tempered. I can’t seem to stop, and I and my kids deserve better. I just put Dr. Hyman’s books on hold at my local library and and can’t wait to read them and try and get healthy and get my life back.

    • Caroline June 30, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

      Suzyn, I have had great success with Metagenics Magnesium Gly. I take 300mg 3X daily….sleep better, feel more relaxed, happier mood. You can find and order online. The cost is more…and it is SO worth it!

      Best of Everything to you and your kids.

      ~ Caroline

      • Teresa August 5, 2012 at 11:36 am #

        Caroline, does this mean you take a total of 900 mg. daily?

      • Lynda October 6, 2014 at 10:55 pm #

        Caroline – how long did it take for the magnesium to “kick in” before you got a good nights sleep?

  4. Margarita October 5, 2010 at 11:36 pm #

    Dr Hyman, If Magnesium is nephrotoxic, is that safe to take it if I have only one kidney due to history of a nephrectomy in the past?

    • dhstaff October 8, 2010 at 6:21 pm #

      Margarita,

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      If you would like information on becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center please see “How to Become a Patient” at http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com. That site is designed to give prospective patients a comprehensive source of information about The UltraWellness Center. You may also feel free to call The UltraWellness Center at (413) 637 9991.

      Regardless of becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center, it sounds like you need to consult with a doctor. Please seek medical attention for the issues that you outlined in your message.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

  5. Terry Kauffman November 14, 2010 at 10:25 pm #

    I have several of the symptoms that you refer to in your article and am looking forward to taking magnesium to help improve my health.

    What is the best source of magnesium?

    Best regards,
    Terry

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      Mark Hyman, MD May 25, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      If you would like information on becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center please see “How to Become a Patient” at http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com. That site is designed to give prospective patients a comprehensive source of information about The UltraWellness Center. You may also feel free to call The UltraWellness Center at (413) 637 9991.

      Regardless of becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center, it sounds like you need to consult with a doctor. Please seek medical attention for the issues that you outlined in your message.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      • Jody February 1, 2013 at 9:32 am #

        Hello,
        After just reading the article above regarding magnesium. According to Dr. Mark Hyman, you should avoid magnesium sulfate. Then in the next sentence it says you can soak in a hot bath of Epson Salt which is magnesium sulfate. Would you please clarify this discrepancy.

        I have pasted those statements below.

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

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

        Jody Avren

        • Owen June 23, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

          Jody, I’m pretty sure Dr. Hyman was referring to the inferior absorbability of magnesium sulfate when taken as a supplement. Not that it’s bad, it’s that it’s not well absorbed in the digestive system. Absorption through the skin can be a totally different animal.

  6. BimBam December 2, 2010 at 7:08 am #

    I thought cramps, high BP, palpitations was related to salt or potassium intake. This article opened my eyes up to the third triad, magnesium.

    I will pay more attention to magnesium and do a little more research on it. I know the other two didn’t help too much with my problems, maybe this is why?

    But it’s hard to say….

  7. Peggy Braun December 2, 2010 at 8:52 am #

    I take a foodbased calcium with 250 mg. of magnesium a day (2 tablets) to stay regular, since aging seems to have made me less so (probably too little exercise also). It works very well.

  8. Roxanna December 2, 2010 at 9:36 am #

    I have been preaching the benefits of magnesium for years. Many years ago, around the time I would get my period each month, I would get large bumps on my back or around my neck or shoulders. These would be very painful and almost debilatating causing a stiff neck or shoulder for approximately a week. When I questioned the doctors they offered no explanation or solution. I was talking with a pharmacist one day and asked him if he knew of anything. He showed me an article about magnesium and how it helped to ease the pain caused by the menstrual cycle. I have been taking magnesium every day since then. It took about 30 days before I never had the lumps or pain again. Since then periodically I see other studies and reports talking about the benefits of magnesium. I truly believe this is a miracle drug and am very grateful for the information you have shared with us in this article. Thanks

  9. K December 2, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    I began presenting posters at A4M in 1998 and continued for several years. Topic was MAGNESIUM.
    It was rewarding and reassuring to note that several years later physicians presented similar posters with the bibliography I had used earlier.

    What is safe reliable way to determine Mg level in 5 year old girl with Rett Syndrome?

    Thank you.

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      Mark Hyman, MD May 26, 2011 at 12:06 am #

      Thank you, K, for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      If you would like information on becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center please see “How to Become a Patient” at http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com. That site is designed to give prospective patients a comprehensive source of information about The UltraWellness Center. You may also feel free to call The UltraWellness Center at (413) 637 9991.

      Regardless of becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center, it sounds like you need to consult with a doctor. Please seek medical attention for the issues that you outlined in your message.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

  10. susan caras December 2, 2010 at 10:14 am #

    What is your thoughts about taking magnesium trans dermally. Is it as effective as taking capsules.?

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      Mark Hyman, MD May 26, 2011 at 12:05 am #

      Thank you, Susan, for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      If you would like information on becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center please see “How to Become a Patient” at http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com. That site is designed to give prospective patients a comprehensive source of information about The UltraWellness Center. You may also feel free to call The UltraWellness Center at (413) 637 9991.

      Regardless of becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center, it sounds like you need to consult with a doctor. Please seek medical attention for the issues that you outlined in your message.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      • April May 13, 2014 at 3:50 am #

        The women in my family (grandmother,great grandmothers, mother aunts and so on) have been using Epsom salts all their lives. I bathe in magnesium sulphate frequently, use it as a foot soak, and just began taking the glycinate capsules.

        The baths relax sore muscles and promote sleep. I’m just nicer to be around and can focus (ADD) better. I’m at risk for kidney damage though due to a certain prescribed medication so only take 300 mg a day and half that if I am bathing in it.

  11. Penny December 2, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    I have fibromyaligia, and chronic scar tissue, and I need way more magnesium than even a 1000 mg, so I now take two a day for more relief, and even with that I still want chocolate, but I will look into the time release supplements, thanks for that comment, that might be what I need.

  12. lu weiss December 2, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

    i am taking 300 mg bid. i have muscle spasms (severe) . i have been diagnosed with lyme, “profound” low thyroid, food allergies, heavy metaals, esp lead and cadium. i live in an area (upper penninsula mi) that is lacking in general, for wholistic medicine. i am going to one 2 l/2 hrs away/ he did diagnose thyroid and is having me take selium and vit a 10,000 units and my temp is going up and slowly increasing it. but i still have the spasms. any suggestions? i know i am a complicated case but just thought i would ask.
    thank you for your consideration.

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      Mark Hyman, MD May 26, 2011 at 12:05 am #

      Thank you, Lu, for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      If you would like information on becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center please see “How to Become a Patient” at http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com. That site is designed to give prospective patients a comprehensive source of information about The UltraWellness Center. You may also feel free to call The UltraWellness Center at (413) 637 9991.

      Regardless of becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center, it sounds like you need to consult with a doctor. Please seek medical attention for the issues that you outlined in your message.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

  13. Burnice December 2, 2010 at 1:38 pm #

    I have been taking magnesium citrate for years for general health reasons as you mention above. A couple of years ago my husband was diagnosed with high blood pressure. At that time he was 73 but slim, physically fit and active. His doctor put him on Diovan for high blood pressure, it made him tired and in general he started looking and acting like an old man. He has always been resistant to taking supplements as he felt he didn’t need them. Now he is taking 340 mg of magnesium citrate a day, his blood pressure has returned to normal and he has been off the blood pressure medication for more than a year, his energy level is good and again he has a great outlook on life, something he was beginning to lose while on the Diovan.

    Thanks for a very informative article.

  14. sharon b December 2, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    Ahhh, I vote for a long soak in a warm tub.

    Nothing like a soak with Epsom Salts (magnesium sulfate absorbed through the skin layer).

    Stress from raking leaves goes away, and a great sleep follows. Amazing how simple this is…

  15. Bill Sangster December 2, 2010 at 3:18 pm #

    Dr.Hyman, Your information on magnesium is so very informitive as is presented in all your news letters !!
    I have just one question about the kinds of magnesium you recomended as
    I have been reading a lot on this subject from another doctor who specializes ln the magnesium type we should take and he makes it a point that Magnesium
    chloride is what we should be useing ?
    Could you please comment on that for me ?
    Thank you so much.
    Bill

  16. Helen December 2, 2010 at 7:19 pm #

    I take a combined magnesium capsule of 300mg/day but realise I will have to find a greater dose and one of the more absorbable forms as mine doesn’t have the mentioned compounds. I do eat a healthy diet, exercise most days and wouldn’t say I display a deficiency in magnesium. Thanks for the above information, I will get the right magnesium supplement sorted now.

  17. Tony Whieldon December 2, 2010 at 7:35 pm #

    What about so-called magnesium oil (supplied, for example, by Dr Mercola) which, it is claimed, enters the system via the skin?

  18. Jane Zentz December 2, 2010 at 9:20 pm #

    I have been eating foods containing magnesium plus I take a supplement and have noticed a big improvement in my sleeping. I used to have cramping in my feet, but now that is gone. I have told my daughters to get plenty of magnesium – they suffer from menstrual cramping. I appreciate Dr. Hyman so much.

  19. Agnes Fisher December 2, 2010 at 11:23 pm #

    My husbanf and I both have a tendency to have afib,he has had an abla tion and I have been cardio converted twice. If we aren’t faithful to taking mg we both will go into afib. And it doesn’t cost 1,000 dollars a month and have side effects.
    youre wonderful dr. hyman .
    I am a graduate or the IIN program

  20. Tony December 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm #

    What about so-called ‘magnesium oil’ applied topically?

  21. Thom Walsh December 3, 2010 at 5:50 pm #

    My daughter has been diagnosed with OCD. Here again, a named disease. As such she is being treated with the standard medical prescription of therapy, and medications by a psychiatrist. I have been trying to find a “functional medical practicing doctor in her area(charleston. S.C.)to no avail. In reading your books and emails,. I am fully aware that the OCD has it’s roots somewhere else and treatment with drugs is not the answer. My personal(lay person) diagnosis is that her root problem stems from a Hormonal imbalance. Blood test prove this out in that sshe is 29 years old and her progesterone level is that of a woman in menapause. She is also Estrogen dominant, and her DHEA levels are also low. I also feel that it might stem from the Intestinal tract. Are you aware of any functional doctors in her area? If she was to come to your facility, can she be treated after the initial visit long distance? I realize that you can not make an evaluation without seeing her, but just wanted to know if OCD can be treated in a functional way?
    Thanks
    Thom Walsh

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      Mark Hyman, MD May 26, 2011 at 12:14 am #

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. To locate a practitioner of functional medicine in your area see the “Find a Functional Medicine Practitioner” link at the Institute of Functional Medicine’s website. Here you will find a place to enter your zip code and look for practitioner’s in your area that have completed the institute’s five-day training course in functional medicine. Understand that not all of the doctors listed here will fit your particular needs. Many different medical professionals complete this training, and you will have to do additional research on your own regarding a particular practitioner’s approach and whether or not it fits your specific medical requirements. This may include calling the practioner’s office, visiting his or her website, and/or scheduling a consultation.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

  22. Kenneth Acushla December 5, 2010 at 5:33 am #

    I have had Arrythmatic Heart Beat Episodes since Easter 1995. Mg Foods have kept my heart healthy. Also Physillium and Black Tea without milk and Sugar are Mg enriched. The only problem I have with my heart is a stiffened Aortic Valve which I got on the day of wife’s funeral 15th September 1996. No problems with it. Doctors here in Australia get freebies from drug companies to peddle theikr drugs, Warfarin and Heparin. There are natural food blood thinners. Look them up.

  23. rose luce December 16, 2010 at 4:48 am #

    i have been taking magnesium oxide for constipation. i feel so much better. no more going for weeks at a time with out a bowel movement. i take the supplements before going to bed to give them time to work… I noticed I had been sleeping sounder without waking up every couple of hours or so. I checked online and sure enough it also helps as a sleep aid. I am so glad I found this information because i had been eating more fiber, drinking lots of water and even when taking a laxative it would only help a little. i felt full and bloated all the time. it was soooo uncomfortable. now i go every day. its wonderful. never thought just regular bowel movements could help my dispositon so much!

    • Rose Luce August 3, 2012 at 12:43 am #

      Rose,my daughter also went throng the same with cramping bloating. She drank more water and took fiber supplements and tried to eat healthier ( she is only 12). We went to our local health and vitamin store and the young man recommended the mag oxide over the citrate and all the rest for her constipation. I am very anxious to see how this works for her because her summer pretty much consisted of being on the toilet feeling like she has to go and producing nothing. I hope you come back to read this message because as I see you initially wrote this in 2010, I would love to know how you are doing now… Did you take the mag oxide everyday and longer than a week, which is what this Doc only recommends. I really hope to hear back from you or someone who may read this and may offer some insisted about this particular brand of mag… Thanks. Traci

  24. Mary Henderson December 28, 2010 at 2:11 pm #

    I have Atrial Fibrillation with no underlying heart problems. I had read that magnesium would help with that problem so I started taking it. However, I ran out and failed to replenish it. I began having frequent A Fib episodes. My doctor put me on Multaq. I had no A Fib for six weeks and then I began having it more frequently than ever. I read that Multaq interacts with calcium channel blockers which I was taking and that it could cause arrhythmia. I also noticed that diuretics interact with Multaq and could increase the risk of low electrolytes. I take a bloodpressure medication that has a diuretic as well. I got off of the Multaq a week ago and am back on magnesium supplements and am also taking Epsom Salts soaks. So, far so good. I have not had any more A Fib episodes.

  25. Volvan Thomas January 2, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    I have read the article about Magnesium. I need to try it. I feel so wore down all the time. I can’t sleep and I feel awful. I feel like Suzyn. I am losing my temper over the simplest things. I have alot of stress in my life and maybe magnesium is what I need. Thank you for coming out with this article.

  26. Barbara January 2, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    Several month ago I started taking 400 mg of Shaklee Vital Mag before bed. I no longer have leg cramps and sleep much better. I had read it helps to relax the mind as well as muscles. There is already 200 mg of Magnesium in my Shaklee Multiple.

    For sleep, I have also added Shaklee product “Stress Relief” (2) and (l) 5HTP 50 mg.

    I also drink about 4 oz of Shaklee Instant Protein (Soy) drink.

    I have struggled with sleep for about 5 years now–different combinations.

    Hurrah, after much experimenting with natural system, I have finally been successful. I wish I could tell the world. I am pleased to add my success story to your information.

  27. anil kumar January 3, 2011 at 1:43 am #

    I still remember an incident…I was down with heavy cold. The family doc gave me calcium and Vitamin c IV …..I felt so good i can still recollect that feeling .I sometimes try soaked mag sulf on my neck…..IT gives me good feeling…..

  28. Magnesium Man January 6, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

    Magnesium truly is the body’s “master mineral.” Without it, so many other minerals cannot be properly used in the body.

    Most people have a hard time with taking oral magnesium supplements and don’t get the results their body needs.

    I was fortunate enough to come across “Transdermal Magnesium” or better know to me now as “Magnesium Oil.”

    Magnesium Oil is simply a magnesium rich mineral solution that has been sourced from some body of salt water.

    Since the minerals in sea water are constantly being subjected to sunlight, it in turn makes the minerals ionic (ready for the body to use).

    It is as simple as spraying the solution on your skin and the body absorbs it directly into the cell. No digesting needed!!

    There are some concerns to be aware of however. Where are they sourcing their raw materials from? Is it clean of pollution and heavy metals?

    I have researched about every brand out there and a lot of them can be misleading.

    My favorite, by far, is Magnesoothe! They can be found at They handle there product in the very best manor from start to finish. They have the most helpful customer service. And their source goes unsurpassed!

    Their source is the Dead Sea and there is no other body of salt water like it on the face of the planet! You can read more on the Dead Sea here at

    If you want to know more on the purity of Magnesoothe, you can read that here at https://magnesoothe.com

    I hope that my 2 cent will be helpful to someone.

    Best of Health!
    The Magnesium Man

  29. Nim January 7, 2011 at 7:15 am #

    Hi, My son 16 years old is suffering from Ulcerative Colitis. At the moment he is on steriods and other strong tablets. Can you recommend anything that will help his condition?

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      Mark Hyman, MD May 29, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

      Thank you, Nim, for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      If you would like information on becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center please see “How to Become a Patient” at http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com. That site is designed to give prospective patients a comprehensive source of information about The UltraWellness Center. You may also feel free to call The UltraWellness Center at (413) 637 9991.

      Regardless of becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center, it sounds like you need to consult with a doctor. Please seek medical attention for the issues that you outlined in your message.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

  30. Mary Jo January 14, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

    I have taken mag. by mouth for yrs. but never felt as much benefit as I did from mag. oil I got from my dr. I rub it behind my knees twice a day.

  31. Liz January 16, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    I was recently diagonosed with a stomach ulcer (not duodenal), and tested negative for H.pylori bacteria. I wonder how I got it, and how I can cure it.

    1. Is there any possibility it could it have come from several months of pain killers I took in 2008-9 for 2 spinal vertebral fractures?

    2. Could it have come from numerous antibiotics I took in 2010 for 7 months for Lyme disease?

    3. Is an ulcer “curable”? What will help? The doctor gave me a list of what to avoid, but I can’t believe that avocadoes are bad for me!

    Thanks in advance for your comments.

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      Mark Hyman, MD May 29, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

      Thank you, Liz, for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      If you would like information on becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center please see “How to Become a Patient” at http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com. That site is designed to give prospective patients a comprehensive source of information about The UltraWellness Center. You may also feel free to call The UltraWellness Center at (413) 637 9991.

      Regardless of becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center, it sounds like you need to consult with a doctor. Please seek medical attention for the issues that you outlined in your message.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

  32. Liz January 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    I just emailed my query about a stomach (peptic) ulcer, and just saw that I pressed a wrong letter for my email. The correct email is just above.

    Is magnesium good for an ulcer? What other supplements do you recommend?

  33. tablet laptops January 18, 2011 at 1:46 am #

    Oh, just wanna thank you. You’ve got written so perfect articles with thoughtful thinking and deep feelings. Thank you!

  34. ana muriel February 2, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    hello, thank you so much for your information, i am a Integrative Nutrition student and have loved all the amazing conference Dr. Hyman gave.. Just wanted to ask if while breastfeeding (my baby is 2 months old and i plan to keep breastfeeding for a year), is it safe to have magnesium complementation?.. i have bought magnesium suplement (2 capsules of 300mg each) – as magnesium oxide, aspartate, citrate, alpha ketoglutarate, taurinate . but it says on the back: if nursing, consult your doctor.
    Can you give me some advice on magnesium supplementation during breastfeeding..?
    thank you!
    AM.

  35. Mary Schilling February 21, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    I recently started taking magnesium before bed when Dr Oz recommended it. I didnt know why it was recommended but it was a show about preventing heart attacks. Anyway I was just reading your articlle and it confirmed that my actually sleeping better has come from the magnesium.
    I was also happy to read that magnesium may help my 2 daughters wth their menstral issues.
    Please keep writing, I have High blood pressure until control and am prediabetic and would love to use as few drugs as possible.

  36. erica March 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    Which form of Magnesium supplement do you recommend? You mentioned Magnesium Glycinate; how about Magnesium Citrate?

  37. LAUREN March 21, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    I would just like to thank you for your work at helping people be responsible for their health, and get to the root problems of their symptoms. I have been struggling (and it has been a STRUGGLE!) with chronic headaches for probably 3 years on and off. I am a nurse, and so I have tried many things to figure out what was “triggering” my headaches to no avail. I have monitored my sleep/sugar intake/h2o intake/ stress level/food additives…the list goes on and on. I have tried herbal supplements and chiropractic(which did help some). But I have come up empty with really changing my headache situation. I was getting around 5-6 a week, and the only thing that would take them away was going to bed. I have two toddlers and am a nurse, so that is not possible. Lo’ and behold I believe I had a magnesium deficiency. I have been taking a mag. supplement for about 3 weeks now, and literally have had about 2 very mild headaches! I can NOT tell you what a blessing it has been to come across this information and try it for myself. I am thrilled that we have gotten to the bottom of WHY I was getting headaches…and now they are completely under control. It is such a fulfilling thing to take charge of your health…and not subject your body to the myriad of testing and drugs that mainstream medicine has to offer!!!!!

  38. Nina April 9, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

    I have had a constant headeache for over two months. I have been taking tylenol or excedrine and would relieve for a couple of hours and then come back. Someone told me to take Magnesium suplements and there has been such an inprovement . Im no longer waking up with a headache. Your article on vitamins was very interesting , I have started to take vitamins since I read your article..
    Thank you ,
    Nina

  39. alix April 11, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    I do have some of the symptoms listed above indicating low magnesium but I have been taking Mag Citrate for a couple of months (100mg) and my symptoms of cramps and heart arrythmias continue sporadically.
    Is there a definite test I can take to determine how low I am in magnesium?

  40. Barbara April 30, 2011 at 6:24 am #

    Dr Hyman, is Magnesium Asparmate neurotoxic?
    What do you think about Magnesium Chloride?
    Is it a good one to take?

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      Mark Hyman, MD May 26, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

      The most bioavailable forms of magnesium are magnesium citrate and magnesium glycinate. Look for these. If you get loose bowels on magnesium citrate, try magnesium glycinate.

      • Bob April 11, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

        What is the bioavailability Epsom Salts? What is the bioavailability of other items that are rubbed on our largest Organ, our Skin? Also, is there a webpage that charts the bioavailability of orally, topically, injected, and other forms that supplements and other items that come into contact with our bodies? Thank you!

  41. Diana June 9, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    Thanks for the great articles. I’ve been taking magnesium glycinate since it was recommended to me about 1 1/2 years ago by my nutritionist at Nutritional Weight & Wellness in St. Paul, MN. Before starting it, sleep was a real problem for me. Several nights each week I’d either lie awake until the middle of the night, or fall asleep only to wake up in the wee hours of the morning, so I’d get 3 or 4 hours sleep. At least 1 or 2 nights each month (no particular pattern) I would get no sleep at all. I am 10+ years post-menopause. Since starting 400 mg of mag. glycinate every night before bed, I sleep like a baby every night!

  42. Ginger Hancock June 24, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    I recently heard that Magnesium oil is a better method of absorption? Is this true?

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      Mark Hyman, MD June 30, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. We are not sure if it is, we will post your comment and see if anyone has had experience with the oil.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

  43. Carol Sampson June 24, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    Thank you for the article. I have been taking a magnesium supplement for some time, not realizing it was the wrong form (magnesium oxide) and under dosing at the same time. I suffer from migranes & was hoping magnesium might help with this problem. I also don’t sleep very well & have Restless leg syndrome. I will be looking for magnesium citrate or one of the other forms you mentioned. I will also try upping the dose to at least 400 mg daily. I do eat a lot of magnesium rich food, especially nuts & beans, also green vegetables. Thanks again for this helpful information.

  44. Lori June 24, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    Hi,

    Can you talk about magnesium and calcium? I know there is supposed to be a certain ratio – can you take more magnesium than calcium? How much is recommended of each for an adult female? Do you have to take it at the same time? I was sleeping great taking 600 mg of magnesium glycinate, then my naturopath added calcium citrate at a 1:1 ratio and I have been having really weird dreams and not sleeping as well.
    Thanks

  45. Rob - @formerfatguy June 24, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    I sneak dulce and kombu into movie theatres to snack on. It’s easy to smuggle in

  46. Cathy June 24, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    I have wondered what I am deficient of as I have trouble focusing on things. In this I mean I can feel my eyes sort of quiver and second or two before I can focus in on things. I will take my mag. sup and see if I notice a difference. I would like to find a doctor that would check mineral and vit. levels to determine imbalances…without costing and arm or a leg.

  47. Michelle Gale June 24, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    Is it okay to take a magnesium supplement when I am nursing? Is it okay for my six-year-old and teenagers to take a magnesium supplement too?

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      Mark Hyman, MD June 30, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. It would be best to run these questions by your physicians.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      • Ben May 19, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

        Hi Mark,

        I started taking Magnesium Malate for anxiety and my body is ALWAYS tense. I’ve been feeling way worse. Should I stop taking?
        I can never seem to calm down. My body is always tense and I eat really well, exercise, yoga, I tried to meditate, but still feel very tense.
        Since I started taking the Mag I feel more tense and my mind seems very foggy! Can you help PLEASE???

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          Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 5, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

          Hi Ben,
          Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

          You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
          Wishing you the best of health,
          Dr. Hyman Staff

  48. Charlene June 24, 2011 at 11:15 pm #

    Found this very interesting and would like to try taking. Only thing they found deficient in my blood test was Vitamin D so I am taking Vitamin D now and wondering if I can still take a supplement of magnesium without any harmful effects?

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      Mark Hyman, MD June 30, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. There is no conflict between the two supplements.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

  49. Shelly June 25, 2011 at 12:08 am #

    I was having over 3,000 pvc’s (premature ventricular contractions) a day and had very sensitive hearing. When I asked my cardiologist what he could tell me about the benefits of magnesium he told me he had never heard of a link between heart problems and magnesium deficiency. I started taking magnesium glycinate anyway and the pvc’s completely went away! Its hard to trust your doctors when they dont know how important vitamins and minerals are to your health. Now I am a huge magnesium advoate and I tell eveyone that they should be taking it!

    • CherylP April 11, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

      I have Mitral Valve Prolapse with a mild regurgitation that the doctors tell me is normal, but it doesn’t feel normal. When I’m under anxiety, my heart feels like it’s ‘thumping’ in my throat. My nutritionist suggested a magnesium supplement, so I started taking Naka Mag Bisglycinate. The 2nd day I tried it, I took it in the morning (not realizing), by lunch time, I was almost falling a sleep at my desk, I was so relaxed.

      I’ve only been on it a week so far. Tonight my heart palpitations are wicked. So, I took one an hour ago. I’m not expecting a miracle. I just want these heart palpitations to stop. I refuse to become a prisoner to anti-anxiety medication.

  50. Margie Kronewitter June 27, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    I had mold exposure from leaking plumbing & ended up with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity & MOST INTOLERABLE Restless Leg Syndrome. Ultra Mag will stop the RLS in minutes. I normally take 1000 C with 200 Ultra Mag 3-4 times a day to control the RLS. I do drink 1 weak cup of coffee in the A.M. BUT have recently started DIZZINESS upon standing. DO YOU THINK POTASIUM COULD STOP THE DIZZINESS? Thank you for your time & consideration.

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      Mark Hyman, MD June 30, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      If you would like information on becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center please see “How to Become a Patient” at http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com. That site is designed to give prospective patients a comprehensive source of information about The UltraWellness Center. You may also feel free to call The UltraWellness Center at (413) 637 9991.

  51. Hilary July 25, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    I have been having headaches and all over pain for 10 years and I have seen every kind of doctor with no end in sight. A friend sent me a link to your sight and everything makes sense. I am tired of doctors throwing pills down my throat and just getting worse.

  52. carla lawniczak July 29, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    I have ms, wondering if it is safe to use magnesiun citrate

  53. LOU August 13, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    I have had A-fib for 8 yrs. Recently had arrhythmia for 3 months that did not leave me. Cardioversion did not work for me so cardioligist put me on TIKOSYN, a heart rhythm drug. (I also take PRADAXA) Just started 2 weeks ago after spending 3 1/2 days in the hospital to get started on the TIKOSYN. Dr also put me on 400mg IC MAGNESIUM OXIDE three times a day (1200 mg). I am itching a lot, and have a rash. I feel that this is from the magnesium. Can you comment on this? What should I do?

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      Mark Hyman, MD August 22, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

      Hi Lou, you may be having an allegic reaction but we cannot offer medical advise over the Internet. Please consult with your doctor about this or if you are interested in seeing someone at the Ultrawellness Center you can call (413) 637 9991.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

  54. Stephanie September 21, 2011 at 6:24 am #

    Can I take magnesium with super b complex at the same time?

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      Mark Hyman, MD November 10, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

      Dear Stephanie,

      Assuming the B Complex vitamin you are taking does not contain additional magnesium, yes.

      Wishing You Good Health!

  55. John October 1, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    Hello! I’ve been having terrible anxiety, shakiness, muscle spasms that only got worse from taking a lot of Vitamin D (Too much Vitamin D depletes Magnesium.) I took 200 mcg of Selenium for a few days in order to absorb the magnesium I was taking and everything got much worse! Apparently the Selenium increases T4 to T3 thyroid conversion, and being low in Magnesium means youre low in T4 already. Should I just lower the dose of Selenium next time? I know its a complicated question but I dont know where else to find help right now!

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      Mark Hyman, MD November 14, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

      Hi John!

      Thanks for writing in re: mineral balancing. We would love to provide you with the best service, To do that we would suggest you see a trained Functional Med practitioner who can offer you personalized advice in person. To locate a practitioner of functional medicine in your area see the “Find a Functional Medicine Practitioner” link at the Institute of Functional Medicine’s website. Here you will find a place to enter your zip code and look for practitioner’s in your area that have completed the institute’s five-day training course in functional medicine. Understand that not all of the doctors listed here will fit your particular needs. Many different medical professionals complete this training, and you will have to do additional research on your own regarding a particular practitioner’s approach and whether or not it fits your specific medical requirements. This may include calling the practioner’s office, visiting his or her website, and/or scheduling a consultation

      In good health

  56. Stella October 8, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    About 3 years ago my physiotherapist recommended Magnesium Glycinate in 50mg increments building up to my tolerance level (as described above, your body tells you when you’ve reached your dosage). I was having excruciating muscle contractions in my neck and shoulders and weekly severe migraines. Magnesium has eliminated the contractions and reduced the frequency and severity of the migraines. I had also been suffering from IBS which has also been helped, somewhat.

    In the last year, my chronic insomnia has been getting worse and I’ve also been experiencing heart palpitations both due to Hypothyroidism. i did some research and decided to add a dose of Magnesium Citrate dissolved in water at bedtime. It has done wonders for me.

  57. Alice October 8, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    Thank you for this thorough article which I have printed out. I suffer from leg cramps that are excruciatingly painful. When the pains waken me at night, I walk around the room trying to find relief. I finally discovered magnesium. When I have such an attack, I pop a couple of pills down and they seem to help. The previous pill was a mixture of Zinc and something else which I have forgotten. Now, I take 225 mg of magnesium oxide in the morning and 250 mg at night. Though you said it improves sleep, am not sure I am getting that benefit or whether my having to get up in the middle of the night 2 or 3 times to go to the bathroom is or is not related to this. I’ve learned from your article magnesium citrate is easier to absorb, but is it more expensive? Your excellent article also says vitamin B6, Vitamin D and selenium help with magnesium oxide absorption. I take of 19 mg, 3,200 IU and 70mcg in the listed order in a mixture of pills. I also drink 2 cups of coffee, 1 cup of green tea,( no colas ever), medium on salt, bowl of Fiber One, figs, almonds, walnuts, raisins, banana, apple daily with Tofu and beans and green vegetables,also.

    I also have an unaccounted for rash down the shin and ankles of my left leg
    which will not go away. Could it be due to the increased magnesium I have
    started taking the last month or two?

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      Mark Hyman, MD November 16, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

      Hi Alice,
      Thank you for sharing your health story. How is the rash? The bathroom stops are a pain, we feel for you! We suggest you cut off from all liquids 3 hours before bed. take magnesium citrate if possible (http://store.drhyman.com/Store/Show/SearchResults/796). The caffeine from the coffee has a stronger effect on your nervous sytem and your liver than the green tea. How would it be for you to drink green tea only? This would probably be a big help. Also, the rash might be a sign of unchecked food allergies- usually gluten is a good palce to start investigating. Have you ever done an elimination diet? Giving your body a break from some of the top allergens such as gluten, dairy, soy, corn, yeast is a huge step in the direction towards healing. Check out: http://store.ultrasimplediet.com/ This program walks you through a complete elimination diet. It sounds like you might be a great candidate for it! In the meantime, I wonder what would happen if you limited sugar intake. And remember sugar is not just in candy but in breads, cereals, fruits, starchy vegetables, dairy etc. In some cases people cant tolerate what others would deem as normal amounts of sugars (carbohydrates) or what they used to have been able to. It might be good to reduce refined carbohydrates and all processed foods for now and see how that helps your symptoms. Do you think you can start with this?

      In good health

  58. Carol October 8, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    Hi My family and I have been reading and following your book for the last several years. We appreciate all of your advice. Last weekend my son got married and was getting nervous before the ceremony. He came to me and asked if I had magnesium and of course I did—I use it for sleep—I gave him 400 mg and he was able to relax and enjoy the day. We really your book Ultramind as several in the family have Bipolar and ADD.

    Thanks again,
    Carol

    • Darlene Armenta August 31, 2014 at 12:18 am #

      Tonic water helps leg cramps and soaking in 2 cups of Epsom salts.

  59. nancy October 8, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    I have been taking 500 mg of magnesium oxide daily—should i switch to the magnesium citrate

  60. Pennie October 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    Hi, This is a wonderful article!! Thank you Doctor for helping open up people’s eyes to this wonderful supplement. I’ve had breast cancer, and an auto accident, which left my body almost lifeless, got fibromyalgia and didn’t have much energy and I researched what would help my problems and it was magnesium, magnesium and magnesium, I can’t live without it and it improved everything in my body. I take 1000mg of magnesium malate + 600 mg of calcium (the right absorbable kind) and I take them daily. Magnesium also helped reduce my sweet tooth to ZERO. What a wonderful thing! It truely have saved my life from agony.
    Thank You Doctor for caring and supplying these wonderful emails, I really look forward to reading every one of them and I forward them too all my family and friends.
    Pennie

  61. Bonnie Pickhardt October 9, 2011 at 7:26 am #

    I plan to begin supplementing with magnesium glycerinate or citrate. You have probably solved the reason for my irregular sleep patterns.

  62. Erika October 9, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    I am an avid reader and read in numerous places in books and online including the above article “People with kidney disease or severe heart disease should take magnesium only under a doctor’s supervision. could you elaborate on that? If all of us are deficient in magnesium what in magnesium is contraindicated that it would a person with kidney and severe heart disease or closely supervised by a medical doctor?

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      Mark Hyman, MD November 16, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

      In short, magnesium is an electrolyte and works in concert with other electrolytes such as sodium, potassium etc. which also play influential roles in maintaining a properly functioning heart. The kidney regulates the blood levels of these lytes and so people need to be sensitive to the health of these organs before making stark changes. Therefore we highly suggest you (or someone) seek the attention of their Functional Med practitioner or physician before starting or stopping any new health plan.

      To locate a practitioner of functional medicine in your area see the “Find a Functional Medicine Practitioner” link at the Institute of Functional Medicine’s website. Here you will find a place to enter your zip code and look for practitioner’s in your area that have completed the institute’s five-day training course in functional medicine. Understand that not all of the doctors listed here will fit your particular needs. Many different medical professionals complete this training, and you will have to do additional research on your own regarding a particular practitioner’s approach and whether or not it fits your specific medical requirements. This may include calling the practioner’s office, visiting his or her website, and/or scheduling a consultation

      In good health

  63. Tammy October 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    I strained a back muscle helping a coworker lift a heavy table. I was having painful spasms and trouble standing up straight to walk. I remembered that magnesium will relax your muscles and took 2 – 300 mg. before bed. When I woke up in the morning I had no pain, stiffness or muscle spasms at all. It was just completely gone. Magnesium is a wonder supplement!

  64. Valerie October 10, 2011 at 6:45 am #

    My massage therapist first put me onto magnesium in a spray form to rub into sore muscles, it works like magic. My husband and I also take magnesium powder and the relief he gets from sore muscles is unbelievable. A friends son was taking a large amount of nurofen daily to try and cope with migranes, we put him onto magnesium powder and his migranes have stopped.

  65. Leighsa October 13, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    I believe the transdermal form of magnesium such as the oil or the Magnesium Chloride Flakes you put in water to soak your feet are extremely effective. I use it in conjunction with oral supplements. With the transdermal the digestive tract is completely avoided so there’s no laxative effect that you get when you take oral pills. This is very safe and the body takes what it needs with no risk of too much.

    Regarding testing for accurate magnesium levels: the standard serum test most often used for testing magnesium levels is basically useless for determining a deficiency.Intracellular Magnesium Levels are being shown to be the only clinically significant measure of magnesium deficiency. The `Sublingual epithelial cell’ magnesium test is painless, accurate and is INFINITELY more accurate than a blood test for magnesium when determining clinically significant amounts of magnesium in the body. The test takes a sample of the cells from
    underneath your tongue and checks. I think in most cases a test isn’t really necessary and one can judge by symptoms and the alleviation of them once the protocol is established. STudies are showing like 80% of the population are magnesium deficient. Sodas, coffee, alcohol greatly depletes mag.

    I’ve personally experience radical benefits from using mag. I’m considerably less jumpy or anxious…not sweating the small stuff. As another poster commented…alleviation from my PVC -Premature ventricular contraction..feeling like your heart is skipping a beat ..then forcefully beating… and as magnesium effects all electrical activity in the body….It has been a cure for me with my seizures.

    Yes. Taking a magnesium supplement while nursing is actually recommended. A great resource is Dr. Carolyn Dean’s book, The Magnesium Miracle.

  66. nancy penix October 16, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    thanks Dr. Hyman for your information. I have suffered from headaches all my life since i was around twelve years old. I want to enjoy life without the fear of getting a headache. I will try to find out on my own what could be causing these headaches or migranes. I am not sure where to start .

  67. Laura October 19, 2011 at 10:47 pm #

    I have been suffering from multiple PVCs and PACs since giving birth to my first son 6 years ago. They have come and gone over time but got really bad again recently. My electrophysiologist suggested a calcium channel blocker, verapamil, but I was reluctant to take it. After a lot of research, I decided to try magnesium citrate in a powder form. I started it about 5 days ago, and my heart palpatations are virtually gone! I am hoping and praying this is not coincidental. One article I read even claimed that magnesium is nature’s calcium channel blocker so my EP was right, but I just wasn’t ready for medicine yet.

  68. Laura October 19, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

    I am wondering though….how do I know I am keeping the ratio between calcium and magnesium balanced when not all of it is coming from supplements? I do not take any calcium supplements, but do love to consume low fat dairy products and I am taking about 200 mg of mag citrate total daily in a divided dose every 12 hrs in addition to eating spinach or green collards daily (not a fan of nuts). Thank you!

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      Mark Hyman, MD November 16, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

      Hi Laura,

      Sounds like you are safe… It is a great idea to get your calcium from food- especially dark leafy greens, sesame seeds and tahini and sardines/salmon with bones. The dairy is fine if you tolerate it and it is organic and from grassfed milk!

      In good health

  69. Leighsa November 1, 2011 at 1:50 am #

    Laura,
    In order for a pharmaceutical company to sell and patent a “medicine” /drug like verapamil it has to create this synthetic compound…it’s man-made and not a natural compound like magnesium which can’t be patented. A synthetic pharmaceutical maybe beneficial to help alleviate symptoms but it inevitably causes side effects over time as the body reacts to a substance that isn’t natural to it. A pharmaceutical never cures…it only addresses the symptoms. Taking the magnesium is probably actually addressing the cause of your palpitations.
    Best to you.

  70. jtdds December 16, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    I didn’t read everyone’s posts so I don’t know if anyone already addressed the impact of magnesium on epilepsy. From my on line research I have discovered that a hallmark of all people suffering with a seizure disorder is Magnesium deficiency. Back in March I was overdosed by my neurologist with Vitamin D2 in his attempt to expedite my serum levels to strengthen my bones, (which I contested as being out of his realm but conceded anyway). Vitamin D and Magnesium are co-factors(they bind to each other in the blood) Hence High Vitamin D levels effectively locks up a lot of serum magnesium preventing it from acting in its usual role as a regulator of normal neuron transmission in the brain. I had a massive seizure and became hopelessly depressed as the last one was 13 years ago. I thought my daily anti-epilepsy drugs( Lamictal) were too potent to be negated under all circumstances. Low serum Magnesium is evidently an exception.

    Without getting into further detail, I discovered Liquid Magnesium (Angstrom Mag,9000 from Healthshop 101.com). I’m winning my lifelong battle with seizures. My depression went away within a couple of days. ALL of my residual symptoms of epilepsy and post craniotomy phenomena like foot twitches disappeared. I’m reducing my medication. That being said, if you have seizures, consider taking Magnesium. You have to experiment with everything from Epsom Salt to trans-dermal Magnesium oils to liquid angstrom Magnesium to determine which combination is the best for yourself. I take 2 tablespoons of Angstrom Magnesium 9000 in a little orange juice every day. Along with that I’d recommend you take a Vitamin B6 tablet once a day. Say goodbye to your suffering. (=:

  71. Marie December 16, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    Thank you Dr. Hyman for your informative website!
    I am on Carbamazepine for Bi-Polar disorder and am very low in Sodium. Do you have any suggestions to help this problem. I was told not to drink too much water, which I know I need.
    I also have fibromyalgia and after reading your information on magenisium I realized I am taking the wrong kind. I just ordered your cal/mag supplement. Thanks again!

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      Mark Hyman, MD December 19, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

      Hi Marie,
      Thank you for your interest in dr Hyman’s work. We cannot give you the proper care you need via the internet but do hope you receive the attention you need from a qualified practitioner soon. To locate a doctor who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitiner” and enter your zip. Progress accordingly from there. Glad you ordered the proper form of magnesium! Hope it all works out for you!

      In good health,
      Lizzy

  72. April April 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    I have always had severe insomnia and migaines. I’m pregnant so I can’t take much as far as prescription or OTC medications. I slowly started taking Magnesium and upping my dose. I’m now taking 675mg. I’m sleeping great, my constipation has gone away, and my migraines are fewer and farther in between. I’m still having lot of back and leg cramps though.

  73. Leighsa April 30, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    To April …soaking in a warm bath of epsom salt ( which is Magnesium sulfate) might help alleviate the back and leg cramps. Transdermal is a great way to get your magnesium quickly into your system and bypass your digestive system. Epsom salt is generally considered safe while pregnant but as always it’s best to consult with your doctor before use. Best.

  74. pat horn May 26, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    My friend’s 11 year child just died from an asthma attack and I am so angry at her doctor!! I have had asthma since I was born and suffered until I found an intergrative Dr. After eliminating all dairy and taking 1000 mg of magnisum I have not had any symtoms in four years. The only time I even heard a wheeze was after two weeks not taking the magnisuium because I had run out of it. ( I now make sure I always have an extra bottle.) My friend told her Dr. about my experience and he said, “She is probably not deficience in Magnisium and It would not have any affect on her asthma!” Can you imagine the pain this family is suffering??? Please Dr Hyman, would you get this information out to the public —-I think it can save THOUSANDS of lives. I know there is a hugh rise in Magnisium deficiency and doctors say the rise in the number of asthma cases is unexplainable ,I want to beg anyone who reads this to find a doctor who is educated in the importance of Vitamens and Minerals and if you can’t, please try Dr. Hyman’s reccomendations. What do you have to lose—- Your life or your childs! Thank you for all you do for our health…………..

  75. curls May 28, 2012 at 3:22 am #

    Why is gluconate listed as not very absorbable & inexpensive in this article?

    The rest of the lists make sense, but this seems out of place from what I’ve read & how expensive any with gluconate are. Maybe a typo?

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff June 1, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

      Hi There,

      Great question! It is most important to value the bioavailability of the mineral and if it is chelated (as is the case with the glycinate form as an example) than this is what Dr. Hyman encourages you look for. Your body might be able to absorb several forms of magnesium yet not be able to use it as efficiently or effectively as others. Citrate and glycinate are Dr. Hyman’s top suggestions.

  76. Iceni June 22, 2012 at 2:35 am #

    Hi Last year, suddenly my BP soared and so did my heart rate. I was in hospital 6 times.
    All tests were negative. Then it was found I had magnessium and potassium deficiencies. I was put on IVs.
    Over the past few months I have had severe diarrhea, hence the deficencies perhaps, (No known cause yet!) I am awaiting tests.and colonoscopy.
    I am now taking 1500Mgs of magnesium per day, still got diarrhea, seems to be a vicious circle. I feel l that I am taking too mucvh magnesium, but my dr says you can’t take too much. I am at my wits end. I am tired all the time with little energy. Also muscles cramps in my back. I keep moving, and love gardening, but it tires me out.Some days I’m fine, others I’m too tired to do much.
    Any suggestions from anyone?

  77. Anth June 27, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    Hi,
    I have long suffered from restless leg syndrome at night, but not every night. I take one very large teaspoon of Ultramuscle eze at night and that sorts me out and I can sleep easy. During the day, my feet don’t stop moving so I am assuming I am still deficient.

    In the last year, unfortunately I have developed some other very uncomfortable symptoms related to digestion that hit me in 1-2 month bouts every 3-4 months. I have been diagnosed with GORD/GERD, but my symptoms are only food regutiation after I eat as a result of slowed gastric emptying. Docs say I have IBS. I also have trouble swallowing and the feeling of something stuck in my throat. I am thinking maybe this is all related to magnesium.

    Perhaps magnesium is the answer to all my woes…. I really hope it is that simple :))

  78. Liz Marsh Boardman August 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    Hi Dr. Hyman,

    I had heard of you, but just discovered you for myself yesterday on the Magnesium video on YouTube. Thank you for making your information available to people like me seeking natural answers.

    I am under the care of a cardiologist (for one year now) for Lone Atrial Fibrillation, paroxymal. My first afib event was around 1990, like once a year, then gradually over the years increasing in frequency. Am now trying the second drug therapy, which is flecanide and gogoxin, and like the first therapy of metoprolol, not much help. They say there’s no cure, just some control. My naturapath put me on a complex including magnesium, but it also includes herbs that act as triggers for an afib event. So I bought some straight Magnesium citrate/oxide and have been taking 500mg daily for about 2 weeks, so far not much help. Will buy one of the forms that you recommend, i.e. in this case, without the oxide, and increase my dose to 1000mg. I do eat a very high magnesium diet as you recommended. Exercise has been minimal in the last 7 months as it triggers afib which leaves me panting and too tired. I feel like I’m starving for oxygen.

    I’ve aged so much in the last 12 months! Just haggard looking. Do you have any additional general natural info I can look at regarding afib or de-stressing? There’s probably something genetic involved here, as like me, my mother and grandmother were “highly strung”. Ex. This morning the doorbell rang and that set off an event of afib.

    The cardiologist thinks that my problem is a lot stress related.

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  79. Patty August 25, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    I am 62 and have severe RA. I have suffered with chronic constipation for my entire adult life and have used many remedies. They work for awhile and then stop. I am not a vegetable or fruit eater. I also now take a pain reliever which makes the constipation worse. So I take magnesium but I have been taking “oxide” kind. I need to take 1000mg to relieve my constipation problem. Is this a safe dose? Since it is not absorbed very well, should not be toxic to me? Thanks for any info.

  80. Maria October 15, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    Dr. Hyman and Staff,

    I am currently writing a paper on depression in my english. Magnesium is a mineral I was made aware of as a teen newly going through all the… changes (whispers). I must say though, I am guilty of having a magnesium deficiency. I know, that’s horrible. :/ Well I’m a 22 year old female and I can name many of those problems you stated above, and then some.
    -Muscle twitches
    -Irritability
    -Anxiety
    -ADD (if I let them diagnose me. I have looked at the list and have seen a psychologist, I always feel forgetful, I feel inattentive, unable to finish a task or try anything that is hard, I feel foggy)
    -Palpitations
    -Chronic fatigue
    -PMS
    -Menstrual cramps
    I am going to start taking magnesium tomorrow, and see where it gets me. This semester in school has been extremely hard for me (for the reasons stated above with ADD), but I have chosen not to take drugs for three reasons: 1. I am in the navy and amphetamines are not allowed to be taken 2. I am very sensitive to drugs, coffee, etc 3. I wanted a more natural way to deal with my body. I see that you can not diagnose, so I am assuming I should ask my doctor how much magnesium I should take. I guess I worry she will look at me like I am crazy, and say magnesium won’t do anything for me…
    Now that I have been reminded of this mineral, I wish I could force feed it to my family and friends. That would probably not go well. Hopefully they will notice a change in my lifestyle. Did I mention that I feel like the symptoms of ADD has made my life miserable? I can’t seem to focus or get organized, I feel like a hot mess. Being in school has just really made me want to have no aspirations and become a homeless person. It’s that bad. Well I hope to see a change.

    How does magnesium affect addiction? is it possible to cure? I read that at this link.
    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry/201106/magnesium-and-the-brain-the-original-chill-pill but from my understanding it was published in a 2006 medical hypothesis book?
    I am glad I stumbled upon your site… I already read another of your blogs on coffee. http://drhyman.com/blog/2012/09/19/is-coffee-bad-or-good-for-your-health-two-experts-debate/
    and I already like you on FB. :)
    thanks again.

    Maria

  81. I have migrene for years now, that have been conectted to the weather issue.and menstrual period. I have very low blood pressure that makes me anxious, weak, with no concentration…. I also have medication prestique 50 mg which they did not help to much.I changed many doctors in hope to find medication for my low blood pressure they say that it is better to have low blood pressure. What is ok if I am hardly cooping day by day when changes in weather or to much hot weather.Please what to do help

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  82. citra December 15, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    hi my name citra from Indonesia, I am a wife of a husband who experience muscle soreness, mood is not good, sometimes sensitive when spoken to, plus memory often forget, has consulted three doctors, expressed emotional pressures that sometimes make tremor, not given the drug by a doctor, I am looking for a supplement, and there is a supplement that gives the brain, the composition is
    – Curcumae Xanthorriza extract 40mg
    – Huperzia cerratae (eq. huperzine a) 30mg
    – Magnesium oxide 300mg
    what I want to ask whether a supplement is right I bought for my husband, my husband is 38 years old, can you recomended a good suplement, mybe i can find it in my country, thanks for the help

  83. Gavin December 30, 2012 at 12:29 am #

    I am 39 and am taking mag. citrate for depression. I notice on the bottle there is two amounts for the magnesium. It says; magnesium citrate (magnesium 310mg) 2g. Which dosage do i go by?
    Any info would be great…

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff March 6, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

      Hi Gavin,

      Unfortunately we cannot provide you with the info you want in this forum as we dont know the product. It does appear that it would be 310mg of magnesium citrate. If you would like more guidance, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

  84. MTHFRease January 1, 2013 at 12:03 am #

    I had edema during pregnancy 16 years ago, it would recede with the addition of zinc and magnesium. I only found the connection later. Since many problems found in pregnancy come back later in life, I always have these two on hand.

  85. Thurston Tsosie January 5, 2013 at 12:42 am #

    Hi. I have been taking a magnesium supplement of 600 mg a day which claims to have 3 absorbable forms of Magnesium (Aspartate, Lactate, and Citrate). When I first started taking the supplement I was near the borderline low end on my blood test, After taking the supplement for 2 months. I got another blood test which showed my Magnesium levels in the abnormal low range. Could you tell me why my levels would decrease instead of increasing Magnesium levels ? THanks and God Bless.

  86. candace January 7, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

    I am researching mainly for my husband but now i think i can be helped a great deal too. my husband seems to have nearly every single sympton known to magnesium deficency, i seem to have the same. i was fixing to make him an appt. with the dr to see if he is ADD and maybe fibromyalgia, as i have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1999 but have learned how to manage flare ups. After doing some research that started with the twitching in his eye which drives him crazy, it has all lead to the conclusion we may need to supplement our magnesium first. I have decided to start with a multimineral for the first month to see how we respond and maybe adding an additional single boost of mag. If there is any suggestions for a particular type of magnesium for us to concentrate on all advise is greatly appreaciated. Anything other than more medication please.

  87. Sandy January 15, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    I have done a lot of research concerning my migraines. I have suffered from migraines for more than 30 years, and am now in my late 60’s. It seemed that most of the migraines were brought on by food additives, like MSG and sulfates. It was probably 30 or more years ago that the Food and Drug Administration started allowing food processors to add these chemicals to our food. So I have tried to stay away from them as much as possible. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that these chemicals are even added to my vitamins. The only way I was able to help myself with my migraines was taking sumatritpans when they started. They are very costly, especially when I was getting migraines almost daily. So after doing some research on line I discovered a health site that stated that if a body is low in magnesium it could be the reason for the migraines. The site also suggested Vit B2. Last week I went out and got some magnesium and some Vit B2. I am so excited and hope I will not be disappointed, because I have not had a migraine now in 6 days! I pray that this will be the miracle I have been wanting. I will still be careful about food additives by reading lables and staying away from MSG, sulfites and nitrates. And further more, I have discovered that I am not as anxious, depressed or uptight and have been even sleeping better without medication, which I was also relying on.
    Thank you, Sandy

  88. Sandy January 15, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    I have done a lot of research concerning my migraines. I have suffered from migraines for more than 30 years, and am now in my late 60’s. It seemed that most of the migraines were brought on by food additives, like MSG and sulfates. It was probably 30 or more years ago that the Food and Drug Administration started allowing food processors to add these chemicals to our food. So I have tried to stay away from them as much as possible. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that these chemicals are even added to my vitamins. The only way I was able to help myself with my migraines was taking sumatritpans when they started. They are very costly, especially when I was getting migraines almost daily. So after doing some research on line I discovered a health site that stated that if a body is low in magnesium it could be the reason for the migraines. The site also suggested Vit B2. Last week I went out and got some magnesium and some Vit B2. I am so excited and hope I will not be disappointed, because I have not had a migraine now in 6 days! I pray that this will be the miracle I have been wanting. I will still be careful about food additives by reading lables and staying away from MSG, sulfites and nitrates. And further more, I have discovered that I am not as anxious, depressed or uptight and have been even sleeping better without medication, which I was also relying on.
    Thank you, Sandy

  89. kochaoji January 20, 2013 at 1:27 am #

    I’ve been taking large doses of magnesium via Natural Calm and Magnelevures (Belgian company) for a while now and have felt better on it, but I still had problems with breast tenderness before my period. (I’m also on a natural progesterone cream beginning on Day 15 of my period, but that hasn’t helped the breast tenderness, either.) This cycle I was really exasperated because I had the breast soreness again despite eating really well and taking all of my supplements. I decided to apply magnesium oil topically, directly on the breasts. It helped after the very first application, but after the second day the soreness was completely gone. I can’t believe I’m just a couple days away from getting my period and no soreness. It’s amazing. I had the oil for over a year, but never thought to use it in this way.

  90. Susilo January 24, 2013 at 2:06 am #

    Hi Dr Hyman and staff,

    I started taking magnesium from Natural Vitality Natural Calm about a week ago. It consist of ionic magnesium citrate. The bottle said to take a total of 2 teaspoon per day (which is 325mg), and it’s best to spread it 2-3 times per day.

    So I started taking 1 teaspoon in the morning and 1 teaspoon in the evening. I noticed that it made me drowsy, which is a good thing in the evening, but not something I want in the morning.

    I’m thinking of taking all 2 teaspoon near bedtime. Can I ask what’s your opinion about this? Is spreading it 2-3 times per day actually better?

  91. lisa January 24, 2013 at 6:40 am #

    I recently started taking magnesium (not sure which type at moment but brand is solgar). My naturopath recommended 200 mg. I was reading we need 300 – 700 mg a day. I took 200 twice one day and slept so good. It truly is relaxing. But then last night by accident took 400 at night (200 earlier in day) and I felt like I was on drugs. really strange, not myself. I am getting rid of candida and have hypoglycemia at moment so not sure if had anything to do with it. But it was not good. Any ideas why i would have a strange reaction to taking 400mg of magnesium? it doesn’t sound like it would be too much.

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff March 8, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

      Hi Lisa,

      Thank you for your interest in Dr Hyman’s work. Unfortunately Dr Hyman cannot provide personal medical advice in this forum. If you would like to make an appointment at Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA please go to:http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/ When you are finished reading through the material you may call the office at After you have reviewed this, please contact our office to make an appointment. By phone, (413) 637-9991; by email, office@ultrawellnesscenter.com

      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

  92. Gary January 30, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    I just got a bottle of Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil Ultra with OptMSM as a gift. Does this fit with your advice on which Magnesium to take? The makers say to appy to skin, leave for 20 mins then rinse or wipe off after 20 mins. Add softener to skin.

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff March 8, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

      Hi Gary,

      Dr Hyman suggests magnesium citrate or glycinate for best results. As well as magnesium from your diet! For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to: http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

  93. acid reflux March 21, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for heartburn

  94. Gopes Niraula March 31, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    Hi, I have been taking 1000 mg of Magnesium Orotate supplement (500 mg at lunch and 500 mg at dinner) for my speech ( I am a stutter). It has been helping me a lot to speak much more fluently. I have been taking this for a month, and haven’t noticed any side effects like diarrhea etc.

    I am 38, and I am in a good health condition ( no kidney disease as well). Please suggest me if it is OK to take 1000 mg per day. I am thinking of increasing my daily dose to 1500 mg ( one tab at breakfast, one tab at lunch and one tab at dinner), since this is dramatically helping in my speech.

    Please kindly suggest me what should I do. Please let me know if its OK to take this supplement in empty stomach as well?

    Thanks,
    Gopes

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff April 5, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

      Dear Gopes,

      Thank you for your interest in Dr Hyman’s work. Unfortunately Dr Hyman cannot provide personal medical advice in this forum. If you would like to make an appointment at Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA please go to:http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/ When you are finished reading through the material you may call the office at After you have reviewed this, please contact our office to make an appointment. By phone, (413) 637-9991; by email, office@ultrawellnesscenter.com

      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

  95. Kay April 26, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    I believe I should take magnesium, and I have been doing so for a year. My last blood work showed my potassium was high (5.3). My pulse is always from 53-57 range. I have no health problems except for low thyroid. I take 60 mg. of Armour thyroid per day. I am a 59 year-old female.

    My concern is both my high potassium and my slow pulse. Could too much magnesium cause either, or both these problems? My doctor seems clueless and doesn’t believe all the good things about magnesium. I stopped taking the magnesium (600 mg. daily- magnesium citrate powder in water) and now I’m getting leg and hand cramps. I’m afraid to take it, but I feel I need it. I realize high potassium and low pulse are dangerous. Can you give me any advice?

    Thank you.

  96. Leone May 7, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    I was diagnosed with an overactive thyroid (3 months post partum) then after meds flipped to hashimotos (diagnosed at 5 months postpartum). After Thyroxine (Eutroxig) treatment of 3 months (Gluten and dairy free diet during this time) i started experiencing an occasional irregular heart beat (lasting 1-2 seconds each time). This went away for 5 weeks (during this time i reintroduced gluten and a little dairy into diet)and then came back on a daily basis. My GP prescribed me Cardio X – Metagenics and after 2 days of taking it the irregular beat stopped(1 week ago). Now in week 2 of taking supplement and reverting back to gluten and dairy free diet, i feel better that i have ever felt in a long time! My mind feels clearer, my respiration is deeper, my mood is stable, i have more energy. Coincidence? I dont think so!

  97. Terri May 9, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    I have been having lower back pain for a year now radiating into my leg –at night from about 2-5 a.m. I’ve tried EVERYTHING from food elimination, PT, pilates, dr. hyman’s beta detox (recently). But, the last 3 nights I’ve upped my magnesium citrate (THORNE product) from 280 – 600, taken dr. hyman’s epson salt, lavender, baking soda bath (upped my epson salt to 3 cups), stretched, and upped my progesterone cream from 20 -40 and miraculously I’ve had 3 good nights!!! Hmmm? must be the magnesium (and progesterone). who cares, I will keep doing this!

  98. Allisyn May 9, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    I was recently diagnosed with Adult ADD. I’ve probably had it since childhood but have been able to compensate pretty well. As I’ve entered Peri-menapause, my symptoms have been likely aggravated by other deficiencies. I started taking a Magnesium supplement approx 2 weeks ago and have noticed a great decrease in symptoms of anxiety and attention deficit. Also, at least one of my 2 children, and likely both, have ADD and ADHD (one of each). They are not diagnosed, but do have many of the symptoms. We’ve had some success with diet changes. I also started giving Magnesium to our children at dinner time and the overly tired hyperactivity/irritability just before bedtime is nearly gone. It’s amazing and I’m so excited that noticeable differences were seen almost over night. I love the value you bring to the medical community. As a nurse myself, I can’t emphasize enough the power of the preventative steps of health and wellness and pray for a day that more of the medical community adopts these practices, even if it means a pay cut because less people are suffering from chronic disease. Cheers and thanks for your work, Dr. Hyman.

  99. Jean May 11, 2013 at 2:37 am #

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  100. Sara May 13, 2013 at 1:59 am #

    Dr. Mark Hyman offers very helpful, informative and in depth information. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading, “The UltraMind Solution” and “The UltraMind Prevention” both excellent books. There is also another interesting book out there in regards to Magnesium. That book is called, “The Magnesium Factor”

  101. Pat Garcia May 14, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    Thank you so much for this information. After living with muscle spasms, migraines and crawling sensations for months, I decided to try 200 mg of magnesium citrate twice a day. So far, I’ve had relief from these symptoms and can finally sleep well again!

  102. Florence May 24, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    Dear Dr.Hyman:

    I was dx with gastroparesis and was taking reglan, the dr. told me to stop taking reglan as it caused lockjaw and never recommended anything else. Because of my slow motility, I started to takes small doses of milk of magnesia because I was not making a bowel movement for four or five days. I do not take the normal dose, I felt I only needed maybe a tablespoon just to create motility. I have a water diarehea movement everyday which I assume is normal because of the way it absorbs the water in intestines to move. I drink plenty of water so I don’t become dehydrated.
    Do you think the regimen is safe to take daily. When I called to ask my dr.if it was safe, he said yes. I would like a second opinion. I have noticed that my level of energy has increased. I was dx with CMML chronic myleomonocytic leukemia…rare form and not treatment at this time. I slept a lot…now I don’t feel so tired. Is the magnesium giving me a little more energy. Thank you for your help. Hope hear from you.

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      HymanStaff May 30, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

      Hello Florence,

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet. If you would like information on becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center, please see “How to Become a Patient” at http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com. You may also feel free to call The UltraWellness Center at (413) 637-9991.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

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  103. Debra Kraus June 23, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    I take 200 mg of magnesium citrate/day. I would like to increase it, but I eat greens, lots of almonds and other nuts a lot. Is there a danger of getting too much magnesium?

  104. Carol Brumfitt August 12, 2013 at 5:01 am #

    Hi. I suffer with acid reflux, fibromyalgia and ibs. I take nexium 40mg daily. I suffer with anxiety symptoms I.e hot flushes, palpitations nervousness. Do you think the nexium is depleting my magnesium levels and should I take a supplement.
    Many thanks
    Carol

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 14, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

      Dear Carol,

      Thank you for your interest in Dr Hyman’s work. While many of us could use a quality magnesium supplement, Dr. Hyman can’t provide personal advice here. He practices functional medicine, which includes personalized lifestyle medicine. This is an individualized approach to health and nutrition. Specific treatments will affect each person’s system differently, based on their unique “terrain” or constitution. In order to treat the symptoms and get to the root cause of what’s making someone sick, we first need to know what specific imbalances are occurring in the individual’s body. Because of that, there is no single diet or therapy available to everyone. We need to address the person’s unique health status and medical history in order to provide the ultimate diet therapy for that person.

      Due to this Dr. Hyman cannot provide personal medical advice regarding your symptoms as related to nexium in this forum. If you would like to make an appointment at Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA please go to:http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/ When you are finished reading through the material you may call the office at After you have reviewed this, please contact our office to make an appointment. By phone, (413) 637-9991; by email, office@ultrawellnesscenter.com

      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s virtual nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

      In the meantime, you might find this video helpful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_S8YX6PY6s

      In Good Health,
      The Nutrition Team

  105. charla November 11, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    I have been struggling for a year now with bizarre and unprecedented symptoms ever worsening, still undiagnosed, of a neuromuscular nature. I have been through many tests, blood, EMG, MRI’s, X-ray’s etc. My symptoms have ranged from intensifying muscle aching, twitching, incredible foot pain, a burning-like sensation in my legs, a feeling of bruising and swollenness in my feet, especially in the mornings, and on the pads of my feet, and am incapacitated by noon. I am 34, and have been highly active all my life, and this seems to have hit out of the blue, although it has developed and worsened gradually. The EMG was normal, indicating normal neuromuscular functioning. I am now using Magnesium oil once a day, but it doesn’t seem to be helping. Should it feel effective immediately, or will it take some time?

    thank you!

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      Thank you for your interest in Dr Hyman’s work with IBS. Unfortunately Dr Hyman cannot provide personal medical advice in this forum. If you would like to make an appointment at Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA please go to:http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/ When you are finished reading through the material you may call the office at After you have reviewed this, please contact our office to make an appointment. By phone, (413) 637-9991; by email, office@ultrawellnesscenter.com

      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

  106. Paulina November 14, 2013 at 7:19 am #

    Magnesium has changed my life. I have been irregular most of my life and traveling has always been a big issue for me. I now take 400 mg magnesium at night and when i’m traveling or if I just need a little extra I take 800 mg’s divided. This is the ONLY thing that has ever helped me with this problem!

  107. Cheryl December 16, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    As with many things, we need to research before throwing our money away…I recently purchased a magnesium supplement – but in the form of magnesium chloride :( Guess I need to make a trip to my health food store and get some that will actually absorb into my system…..

  108. Camille December 21, 2013 at 12:30 am #

    I keep seeing website talking about all the benefits and risks of magnesium supplements and how much to take…. But not one website or author states which for of magnesium is best during pregnancy.

  109. Alice December 26, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    I have been having constant muscle twitching all over my body for the past couple months. But when I move around the twitches stop. They aren’t painful just bothersome because they are constant. I suffer from anxiety & stress and I have IBD. I have been on Magnesium Citrate for almost a month now. Was just wondering if u have any suggestions? Shouldn’t the magnesium supplements started helping the twitches by now? How long does it take to build Magnesium back up in the body? Thanks!

    Alice

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      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/
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      Dr. Hyman’s Wellness Staff

  110. Carol January 4, 2014 at 6:08 am #

    Can you tell me how taking nexium depletes the body of magnesium. I dont understand this as nexium is made of magnesium trihydrate. Thankyou

  111. Rozann February 16, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

    I read about magnesium a few months ago. I use Magnesium oil (Chloride Brine) by spraying it on my stomach. I also use magnesium flakes (not Epsom Salts) in my bath every other day. It calms me, keeps me from clenching my teeth, and I think it’s helping my uptake of Armour Thyroid, because I went down on my dose at my last Dr. visit. I’m a believer!

  112. Barbara February 19, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

    Every time I’m hospitalized they say I’m low in magnesium and I have half the symptoms listed, but I also suffer from diarrhea, severely so I’ll try the glycinate one, thanks

  113. natalie March 19, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

    Can magnesium chloride be absorbed through the skin? Does that help magnesium deficiencies?

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 22, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

      Hi Natalie,
      Yes, magnesium chloride can be absorbed through the skin and will help raise your magnesium level. We recommend that you work with your doctor and a registered dietitian to test for and treat a magnesium deficiency.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  114. michelle mason April 1, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

    Hi should I take my magnesium supplement along with zinc sup and Vit B or separate them Thanks Michelle

  115. Michael April 7, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

    Hi, I’ve tried different types of magnesium, they either caused more anxiousness (anxiety) (stimulation) or I didn’t feel a thing. I’ve had Magnesium shots (two different forms of magnesium shots), and I seemed to get a little benefit the day after the shot but it didn’t last. I recently bought Mangesium Chloride liquid. When I take a dose, which is one teaspoon at 200mg, I immediately feel an effect it my brain, and I will also get a bit sleepy. This stuff seems to really work. I know magnesium can give energy, but can make you sleepy also. Why the difference? What should it do? I know it’s used in so many processes in the body. Can it make you sleepy to start, then later provide relaxation along with general non-stimulating energy? I’ve been tested deficient using a SpectraCell test. And it would seem based on all my symptosm that I’m low, and being that I’ve had years of mild anxiety and feelings of frequent nervousness, then 2.5 years of severe anxiety, I’m probably low. thanks.

  116. sharon April 9, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

    Hi, I recently was told of the benefits of magnesium. I bought Bio Magnesium from the Health shop it has magnesium carbonate, magnesium hydroxside, magnesium acetate etc

    one tablet is 200mg of magnesium With a Maximum of 600mg per day. However, I have felt that since taking it, I have felt drowsy and weak alot of the time. My stool is soft and I am wondering what all these benefits are supposed to be. I have even read that you can og into a coma taking magnesium.
    Over the years I have suffered With chronic fatigue, depression and now high blood pressure. I was so looking forward to getting of the drugs prescribed for these conditions. Up until quite recently I was exercising at least 2 times per week, but had to take a break becuase I did not have any energy left. I thought magnesium would help, but it has not. I take zoloft for dp and Cozaar and propanolol for my bp. I also take vit D and Vit B. Any advice on magnesium or why it might be affecting me in this way?
    Thanks for the advice.

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 15, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

      Hi Sharon,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/

      Did you know you can work with Dr. Hyman’s nutritionists virtually? For personalized nutrition coaching where you can receive 1:1 support with Registered Dietitians, please see: http://store.drhyman.com/Store/List/Coaching-Programs.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  117. Sunderta April 12, 2014 at 11:21 pm #

    I was experiencing some pretty intense depression this past winter. I increased my Magnesium Glycinate from 200 mg to 400 and I started doing 4 g of fish oil and noticed an immediate shift. My moods went from a 2 to an 8 in just a few days and have stayed out of the low ranges since.

  118. Rowena April 13, 2014 at 9:48 am #

    I have been diagnosed with osteoporosis and have been taking many natural steps to correct this condition I am 56and take plant based calcium whey concentrate omega 3 green smoothi es and exercise I would like to know if powdered magnesium citrate would also be beneficial
    Thanks

  119. Van May 1, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    I need to get off adderral medication. I’ve tried magnesium, 1000mg a day. It helps a little. What natural supplements help eradicate adhd symptoms from a medical viewpoint? Not my case particulary but from a research stance?

  120. Kristy K. James May 8, 2014 at 2:48 am #

    In an effort to combat hypothyroidism related fatigue, I am always researching natural ways to feel like a normal human being again. I first heard about magnesium deficiency several months ago, but didn’t pay too much attention to it. I take magnesium and calcium with vitamin D3. Then I started doing more research because no matter what I do, I’m still tired most of the time. I’m assuming the magnesium oxide I’ve been taking isn’t helping.

    I have 14 of the symptoms in your list, and will be taking a product called Natural Calm, along with using a magnesium spray/oil topically. I am looking forward to the ‘lifelong vibrant health’ you mention. Hypothyroidism is no fun, but I’m finding the treatment for it hasn’t returned my former energy levels. Here’s hoping this is the key.

  121. Maria izquierdo May 26, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

    I am taking magnesium at night 250 mg. I use to have excessive leg cramping on my legs and thighs which were really bad. Those cramps have stopped. Now, I am concerned since you say that the magnesium should not not have oxide… Mine does. Is there any particular brand that you might recommend? Thanks for such great info. Maria

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff May 30, 2014 at 7:08 pm #

      Hi Maria,
      Thank you for your question. Dr. Hyman’s personally approved, high quality supplements are available for purchase online at the Blood Sugar Solution Store, including several magnesium supplements. Please visit the store at http://store.drhyman.com/Store/Search?Terms=magnesium to learn more about which magnesium supplements are recommended.
      Wishing You the Best of Health!
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  122. Pam Watson May 29, 2014 at 12:17 am #

    I have 9 of the symptoms on the list. The major on is cramps in my legs. I would wake up at night crying in pain and wake my husband up he would rub it. It was every night i would get them and this would go on for a while. I tried a lot of stuff and nothing helped not even drugs for pain. I found online something called cramp 911 so my husband looked high and low for it and he was at rite aid when the pharmacist came and asked if he could help him and he told him what i was going through and he told my husband for me to take 2 benadryl before i go to bed. That was the only thing that help me and the cramp 911 that i found online. Then i went to the Doctors and found that i have diabetes and she also tested me for low iron cause of my legs which was normal and for my thyroids for the hair loss which was ok. My a1c was a 15 but know it went down to a 7. I keep on looking for something to help with my legs cause when i work it gets bad even when i take benadryl that’s when i use the cramp 911. that’s when i came across this page and i just started to take the magnesium glycinate today being the first day I felt great. I got my yard mowed and car wash and cooked and feel great.. It don’t hurt to sit and then get up like it did before my knees would hurt .I thank the Lord for this website. I just turned 50 and didn’t think there was no hope. thank you

  123. Rita May 29, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

    I was recently diagnosed with reactive hypoglycemia based on the symptoms I was feeling and a 3 hour glucose tolerance test. I was referred to an Endo who did a ton of blood work. All negative.
    I was asked by the dietician to keep a log of my meals and snacks for two weeks and also document my BG levels before and after meals throughout the day.
    According to the Endo the symptoms I was experiencing after eating and my BG levels were not in sink. The endo felt something else must be going on because my BG levels were great and she felt I shouldn’t be feeling all these symptoms (dizziness, spacey, fatigue, nausea and a whole lot of digestve issues which I also started experiencing around the same time.
    She referred me to a Gastro person who ran more tests and they were all negative. He also performed a colonoscopy and an endoscopy. Also didn’t see anything out of the ordinary.
    My newest symptoms are quite disturbing to me. Shortly after I eat I start to experience shakiness and extreme anxiety. I’m thinking food allergies or sensitivities. Next week a see an allergist. I feeling incredibly frustrated. Thoughts?

  124. John O'Dell May 29, 2014 at 3:19 pm #

    Have there been any experiences with magnesium threonate? I think this is fairly new on the market.

  125. peter martucci May 30, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

    Hi I have been suffering for years with anxiety problems and I have a hiatal hernia. During all this time I been getting those annoying pvc’s/missed beats.Had many tests that always say my heart is fine. I recently been taking blood pressure pills/Topral daily. I am now learning about magnesium. How do you feel about liquid magnesium or Natures Calm powder.I have just started the powder twice daily about 325mg x2=650 daily and its starting to help . What do you think I read somewhere this may be better or faster absorbed??.

  126. Freddie June 9, 2014 at 11:36 pm #

    I have been suffering from insomnia for the last 7 months and also palpitation (not that frequent though). It has been stressing me out and it affects my daily life greatly. My neck and shoulders are sore if I dont sleep well for a few days and sitting in the office all day doesnt help. I tried to have regular exercise and avoid coffee, tea, etc.

    Went to see my doctor last week and he said I am lack of magnesium. I have been taking 120mg magnesium for the last 4 days and I haven’t noticed any difference yet. Wondering how long it would for it to work. I am trying to be patient as I know you can’t improve your sleep overnight but I am optimistic.

    Please help!!!

    Thanks in advance! :)

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      Team Hyman June 21, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

      Hi Freddie,

      Great to hear that your doctor has recommended magnesium to you. The results can vary from person to person as does the time, continue giving it a try and if you still aren’t noticing any difference you may want to see your physician again for dosage or other factors. Additionally, you may want to look into detoxing your system and try eliminating foods that can hinder your sleep – the 10 Day Detox is a great resource for rebooting your system and getting your health back on track it can be found here: http://10daydetox.com/

  127. Suzan June 17, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    I take magnesium and no matter what form it is it wipes me out for a few days. No one to date has been able to explain why. Do you have a clue?

  128. Suzy June 21, 2014 at 9:49 am #

    Last night at a neighborhood gathering a bunch of us, including I, confessed we have a terrible time sleeping. One couple–the wife of whom is a certified health professional of some sort, ran in her house to get magnesium citrate for everyone, scooping single doses into little baggies for us to take home. I tried a small dose (1 tsp) since the husband was warning about pooping a lot and, after sleeping 2 1/2 hours the night before, slept pretty well all night. (Woke up a few times but was able to fall back asleep without starting to obsess about my problems as usual). I think I could double the amount. As my neighbors promised, I did not wake up groggy as with sleep medication.
    So now I read your article, and, yes, I have many of these symptoms, even though I eat a healthy, homemade, natural, unprocessed diet–for the most part. I do like my occasional Coke. And daily coffee. And salt. And sweets. On the bright side, for meals I do eat lots of the good stuff–greens, brown rice, tofu, shrimp, avocado, etc., and not much meat. I cannot eat many nuts as the arginine exacerbates another health issue.
    The symptoms I suffer from are insomnia, irritability, sensitivity to loud noises (and lots of other things!), anxiety (also depression), headaches, osteoporosis and, yes, trouble swallowing (also esophageal spasm). Many of these run in my family. Could there be a genetic disposition? I also have Celiacs disease, which has caused lifelong malabsorption, though I should be good to go now that I no longer ingest gluten.
    I am very excited about this very promising solution to so many issues that hobble me. Running out to buy more magnesium today. Thank you Marissa for sharing!

  129. Bonnie June 22, 2014 at 9:08 am #

    I began taking calcium/magnesium supplements after a total hysterectomy in 1993. Five years later (1998) I began taking a low dose statin drug – Zocor. I immediately began to notice major fatigue so I quit the calcium/magnesium supplements and the fatigue disappeared. A month later I reintroduced the calcium/mag supplement and the fatigue returned so I once again quit supplementation and have not taken it sense. Recently my doctor suggested I take Magnesium/B6 combination for the prevention of kidney stones at a rate of 400 mg magnesium (Oxide) and 25 mg B6 per day. The fatigue returned immediately. I simply cannot take magnesium supplements. Is this a result of the 10 mg Zocor I take? I’ve researched and can’t seem to find any written correlation between the two but sense this all started when I introduced Zocor to my system it seems to me that there is a direct correlation. Any advice would be helpful. Thanks.

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      Team Hyman June 29, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

      Hi Bonnie,

      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there. You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/

      Did you know you can work with Dr. Hyman’s nutritionists virtually? For personalized nutrition coaching, please see: http://store.drhyman.com/Store/List/Coaching-Programs

      In Good Health,
      Dr. Hyman’s Wellness Staff

      • Philly July 14, 2014 at 9:03 am #

        Hi. I was looking for a bit of advise. I have magnesium glycinate ordered online and was advised to take taurine separately. do you know what the taurine is for? also, on the jar of taurine (one capsule is 500mg), it says to take 1 daily. do i take that in the morning or evening? i plan to take the glycinate with every meal (3 times a day). Thank you

  130. Bonnie July 1, 2014 at 10:37 pm #

    Thank you, but I wasn’t asking for personalized medical advice. I was simply trying to find out if there is a website I can be directed to that may assist me since I’ve not been able to locate anything on this issue.

  131. Gina July 14, 2014 at 9:46 pm #

    I am 36 weeks pennant and was prescribed 500mg magnesium per day for severe constipation. It has been less than a week since i began, and I can say FINEST NUTRITION MAGNESIUM (sold at Walgreen’s) has worked wonders for that!

    I cannot say that it helps me Destress or with leg cramps, although I do find myself extremely tired since I’ve began(I will start taking them at night tomorrow).

    s

  132. Ches July 18, 2014 at 11:59 am #

    When someone says they are taking a certain amount of magnesium, are they talking about the value of the tablets or are they talking about the elemental value. One person talked about taking 1500mg of magnesium per day which seems a lot if it is elemental magnesium. I’m trying to find the right amount of elemental magnesium to take for chronic constipation but I am getting confused between the tablet amount and the elemental amount. The elemental amount of each type of magnesium changes according to its molecular weight which is even more confusing. Any advice on the amount I should be taking of elemental Magnesium in the form of Citrate?

  133. chavina July 27, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    HI DR MARK SINCE A FEW MONTH I HAVE NOTICE THAT I HAVE IRREGULAR HEART BEAT , IM ALWAYS HAVING MUSCULAR PAIN CERVICAL PAIN AND BACK AND ARM PAIN . I AM ALSO A DAIBETIC PATIENT . I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW I IF LACK MAGNESIUM

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff July 28, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

      Hi Chavina,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  134. lynda July 28, 2014 at 8:18 pm #

    Hi, on that list that you mention, i have experence 6 of them, especially palpitation,sleep, HBP, and diabetes, i came across your page and found it very interesting…I had been asking my primary doctor if my magesium was low because of the palpations and sleep problems and he told me to take melatonia 3mg…I was not sure about taking that…but i took it up on my own and purchase 250mg of magnesium oxide and started taking it…I notice a change immediatily…I sleep much better and my palpations have stopped…Thank U so much!

  135. Andrew McVagh August 4, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    I went through a period of magnesium deficiency a couple years ago. I ended up with dizziness, migraines, anxiety, and had a horrible time trying to sleep.

    After struggling for a couple months my neurologist recommended magnesium. I tried a bunch of different magnesium supplements and found that magnesium glycinate worked the best for me (which is one of the types recommended here as well).

    The end result is that magnesium gave me my life back.

    Dr. Hyman is spot on about magnesium. I wish I’d found his site when my symptoms originally started!

  136. Laura August 16, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    Hello-
    I’ve had pvc’s for the past four months nonstop. I had a holter monitor done that showed 9500 pvc’s over the course of 46 hours. The doctor sees no underlying heart disease and I am otherwise healthy and living a healthy lifestyle. My cardiologist recommended that I take magnesium but didn’t give a dosage or what type of magnesium. It has cut my pvc’s in half over just two weeks. Currently I’m taking mg oxide but I’m reading that it’s poorly absorbed. Do you have a recommended type of magnesium and dosage for me to try?

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 19, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

      Hi Laura,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  137. frank tomasic August 19, 2014 at 4:46 am #

    ive had anxiety and panic attacks, really badly this month, and i had experienced similar attacks over the last few years off an on, and very poor sleep, only three or at the most, four hours on the average, a night.

    i have been waking up about 4 a.m. everyday with anxiety, sometimes really bad, sometimes just enough to anger me.

    i had to go the the ER two weeks ago, as my panic attacks and anxiety hit me hard, it was so bad, and i was given xanax. that works, but only briefly, after researching a ton on panic and anxiety, i started taking natural supplements, and came across this page on august 18th….i hit up my local GNC store and bought 400 mg magnesium aspartate…,,,

    i took it about 400 mg about 11:30pm, and got into bed about midnite, lay there till about 1 a.m., and i could feel it relaxing me….now im not sure if i slept, i think i did, but woke up at 4 a.m.again, BUT, no anxiety, no panic, first time in ages.

    im going to take 400 mg during the day, and should i take another 400 before bed tonite, and continue to let it build up or should i push the intake up to 600 before bed and see if that improves my sleep time?

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 19, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

      Hello Frank,
      Since you’ve only taken your magnesium supplement for one day, stay with this dosage for now to see how you do over the next week. We’re so glad to hear that your symptoms are improving.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  138. K August 24, 2014 at 7:09 am #

    Hi there, what an interesting post! As is the information on your website! I appreciate you can’t give individual medical advice however I’d just like to ask – I’m taking Magnesium I Threonate of an evening for brain health etc, am I correct in saying that this doesn’t give the benefits of other Mg supplements? What Mg supplement would you recommend that could be taken AM in addition to the I Threonate?

    I appreciate any reposne you are able to give. Many thanks.

  139. Angi August 30, 2014 at 8:20 pm #

    Just wondering when’s the best time to take Magnesium Citrate with lunch or dinner? How relaxed does it make you? Can you still function or is it that you go right to sleep? I never take naps, took my first pill today 200 mg. with lunch and could barely function had to take a nap? Is this a coincidence or a side affect? Is it important to take it with a glass of water or can it be taken with food?
    Thank you for any info you can give.

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff September 2, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

      Hi Angi,
      It is unlikely that the magnesium citrate does you took caused the fatigue you felt after your lunch meal. Take magnesium with a meal for best absorption. As with all supplements, please check with your doctor to determine the appropriate dosage for you and to ensure that you have no contraindications for a magnesium supplement.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  140. Melitta August 31, 2014 at 2:12 am #

    I am a huge fan of your philosophies, books and nutrition knowledge. I apply and live by them to the best of my ability, constantly learning more. I am a self studied nutritionist, have my own little organic garden and currently going to certify as a Master Gardener to also understand soil chemistry and absorption of nutrients into food a lot better.

    So appreciate your article on the powerful affects of magnesium and have been taking a Mg-glycinate for a while.What can you tell me about the absorption rate of a Mg-orotate versus glycinate, citrate, malate, etc.? I really would like to find the purest possible kind/brand of magnesium with the highest bioavailability.
    I so would appreciate your advice and or guidance in your many years of experience.
    Thank you kindly and with best regards,
    Melitta Prows

  141. J H September 15, 2014 at 12:30 am #

    I take a small amount of magnesium for slow irregular heart beat, and it seems to correct this problem.

    During the last 12 months I have experienced cramp in almost all leg muscles at night, and have developed stiff muscle and back and hip pain.

    I was taking mag. oxide and changed to mag. citrate which improved the night cramp slightly,but no improvement in my other problems. I recently did some very heavy activity and the night cramps were continuous so I increased from one to two tablets at night and this eliminated ALL PAIN,but after 3 days I developed nose bleeds and have had to reduce the amount taken. Is there any other form of magnesium that will achieve the same results without this problem .

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff September 16, 2014 at 8:14 pm #

      Hi JH,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  142. Vivamagonline September 16, 2014 at 9:15 am #

    Natural Calm’s newest spokesperson Sitara Hewitt talks about why magnesium supplements are the key to keeping her stress in check, and how simple rituals, healthy eating and a little exercise make her busy life manageable.

    By Bonnie Siegler

    After a kiss and cuddle with her four-year-old son, Sitara Hewitt starts her day by saying positive affirmations. “Miracles will happen.” “It’s going to be a great day.” Then she heads downstairs for a green smoothie. The Canadian actor, who has homes in both Toronto and Los Angeles, needs a regular morning ritual to level out her hectic days. She’s found that it’s the little things that can make the difference between chaos and calm.

    – See more at: http://www.vivamagonline.com/calm-amidst-the-hollywood-storm/#sthash.etZSTWEL.dpuf

    • Mary October 8, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

      Thank you for this article. It was really interesting to read about how stress really affects all parts of your health. I am going to look in to getting some of Natural Calm’s magnesium! Thanks!

  143. Faihan September 17, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    Hi
    I have been taking Nexium 40mg for GERD for over 13 years. I have had bad SVT for long time tell I did an ablation 4 years ago. My cholesterol is around 220. I have had a test for vitamin D last November and found it around 22. But, this August, I tested my vitamin D and it was like 9. My doctor prescribed D3 50,000 once a week for me, but I found it very tough on my stomach after the second dose, so I started taking D3 2000 from market once daily. I tried Magnesium citrate tabs but was not happy with the way they bother my stomach, so I went to GNC and they have a type that is a mic between oxide and something else. I am taking Salmon Oil Omega 3 500mg once daily. Since this, I have been noticing strange feelings. upset stomach, pain that comes up in some parts of my body and goes away. Are these expected when starting these supplements? I take my D3 and Omega 3 and my Stresstabs multi vitamins in the morning with little breakfast and take my magnesium at night with dinner. Is that a problem? I take may nexium late at night on empty stomach.

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff September 26, 2014 at 8:16 pm #

      Hi Faihan,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  144. carole September 18, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

    I am presently taking a low dose medication for hypertension (generic Norvasc). Is it okay to take magnesium citrate or glycinate for insomnia? 300 or 400mg?

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff September 26, 2014 at 8:06 pm #

      Hi Carole,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  145. Gilbert September 27, 2014 at 12:14 am #

    HI, I find this post very very interesting! I read a lot about magnesium and vitamin D. and I just start taking both today.

    I wondering if you or any of your coworkers know if magnesium & vitamin D deficiency are linked to erectile dysfunction?
    I get diagnosed with OSA and I have my CPAP machine every day but I don’t really note any difference with machine or without machine.

    I read somewhere OSA are definitely linked with Erectile dysfunction, but i am treated and still have the same problem for the last 6 months, mood, super tired, no energy at all, brain foggy i can’t concentrate and i forgot things few seconds later.

    I really hope vitamin D & magnesium help me with this issue,

    congratulations again for this post!!

  146. zazen October 1, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

    My tale is a simple one: Vitamin D3 of 4000-5000 units daily for about 2 years. 6 months ago cramps got so bad could barely walk. Thought it was from the creatine I was taking. 5 days ago stopped the excessive d3, just 600 units from the multi and foods. Cramps went away. Supplement with ionic minerals, sometime 200-300 supplemented magnesium a day. D3 is overrated unless you are certain your magnesium levels are high. Otherwise expect big time cramping, the worst ever. I lift heavy weights and every squat day I was so weak. I didnt realize it was the d3.

  147. Laura October 2, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

    Can you please explain something for me?

    In your article you state;

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

    Then you contradict your statement with this;

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

    First you say to avoid magnesium sulfate due to its low absorption rate, and then you recommend it as being good.

    Can you please clarify this reasoning?

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff October 4, 2014 at 10:27 am #

      Hi Laura,
      Magnesium sulfate (epsom salts) are absorbed effectively through the skin. For the best absorption through your digestive tract, avoid magnesium carbonate, sulfate, gluconate, and oxide or you will not be getting your money’s worth or an effective dose.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  148. Paula October 4, 2014 at 6:53 am #

    Sorry… Just one question. I’m finding conflicting information concerning this but are we able to take magnesium and iron at the same time. Thanks!

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff October 4, 2014 at 10:19 am #

      Hi Paula,
      You are correct – minerals that compete with iron for absorption include calcium, zinc, magnesium, and copper. If you are taking an iron supplement, take it separate from a multivitamin or calcium/magnesium supplement by at least 2 hours.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  149. Arief October 9, 2014 at 3:33 am #

    Dear Dr. Hyman n Staff,

    If im vit d deficiency then taking magnesium supplement ..can my body absorb it ?

  150. Nate Eaton October 10, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    I have found magnesium glycinate to be the best form of magnesium to take for migraines, as it does not cause diarrhea. I take 400 to 600 mgs. per day in 100 mg. capsules. It is easily absorbable, and has been a godsend for treating my condition. I do not recommend magnesium citrate unless you suffer from constipation.

  151. Suzanne October 13, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

    My 9-year-old son was having spasms at night that interrupted his sleep. His doctor referred him to the local children’s hospital where they did an EEG and found an “irregular burst.” The doctor recommended anti-seizure meds. I thought this was a bit extreme, since he wasn’t have seizures and there was no discussion about what could possibly be causing the spasms.

    After doing some research, I learned that a magnesium deficiency could possibly be the cause. I made a cream with magnesium oil and Shea butter that I rub on his feet and calves at night and this seems to have taken care of the problem.

    I really was torn between following my gut, and taking the doctor’s advice, but I’m so happy I didn’t put my little guy on anti-seizure medication.

  152. Pauline Dunn October 13, 2014 at 11:23 pm #

    I take just 1 oz. Magnesium Citrate each morning on an empty stomach. This was recommended about 20 years ago by Dr. Currough (sp?) who had a radio program, “You and Your Health”, or similar name.

  153. lori October 22, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    yes I have been battling low magnesium for about a year now ive tried everything and seen every dr I can and had so many tests done and nothing is coming back, I take 4 slow mag with calcium a day and I do the eveian water and I also eat the foods and I also go in once a week for infusions of magnesium and still nothing works it comes up to 2.0 but then drops right back down to low, im not a normal patient with this if it hits at 1.6 then I get symptomatic and this what ive been battling with. please help.

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff October 25, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

      Hi Lori,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  154. Bella October 24, 2014 at 12:02 am #

    Hi, Im a 39 yr old woman. I just recently realized I might be magnesium deficient. I have most of the symptoms. I have recently been to hospital with bad arrhythmia and chest pains. I have had over 20 symptoms , including R.A, tinnitus, acid reflux, rashes,weakness, tremors , lately vomiting and confused, sleep apnea , just to name a few. everything started in 2009 and no Doctor can tell me why. Please tell me what is the quickest and safest way to absorb magnesium amd prevent a heart attack. I cant barely eat without feeling weak, nauseous and palpitations. How long would it take for my body to absorb magnesium. Help!!

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff October 25, 2014 at 4:15 pm #

      Hi Bella,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

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