Magnesium - Advanced Vitamins

Magnesium

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Summary

—Take one capsule daily

—Supports bone, muscle, brain and heart health

 

Description

The following is taken from Prescriber’s Letter, an international newsletter for physicians where I serve as an editorial advisor.

Magnesium is a mineral that is important for normal bone structure in the body. People get magnesium from their diet, but sometimes magnesium supplements are needed if magnesium levels are too low. Dietary intake of magnesium may be low, particularly among women. Magnesium deficiency is also not uncommon among African Americans and the elderly. Low magnesium levels in the body have been linked to diseases such as osteoporosis, high blood pressure, clogged arteries, hereditary heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

An easy way to remember foods that are good magnesium sources is to think fiber. Foods that are high in fiber are generally high in magnesium. Dietary sources of magnesium include legumes, whole grains, vegetables (especially broccoli, squash, and green leafy vegetables), seeds, and nuts (especially almonds). Other sources include dairy products, meats, chocolate, and coffee. Water with a high mineral content, or "hard" water, is also a source of magnesium.

People take magnesium by mouth to prevent magnesium deficiency. It is also used as a laxative for constipation and for preparation of the bowel for surgical or diagnostic procedures. It is also used as an antacid for acid indigestion.

Some people use magnesium for diseases of the heart and blood vessels including chest pain, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, high levels of "bad" cholesterol called low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, low levels of "good" cholesterol called high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, heart valve disease (mitral valve prolapse), metabolic syndrome, clogged arteries (coronary artery disease), stroke, and heart attack.

Magnesium is also used for treating attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, cystic fibrosis, alcoholism, mania, recovery after surgery, leg cramps at night and during pregnancy, diabetes, kidney stones, migraine headaches, a long-term pain condition called complex regional pain syndrome, weak bones (osteoporosis), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), altitude sickness, urinary incontinence, a condition that causes burning pain and redness called erythromelalgia, restless leg syndrome, asthma, hayfever, multiple sclerosis, and for preventing hearing loss and cancer.

Athletes sometimes use magnesium to increase energy and endurance.

Some people apply magnesium on their skin to treat infected skin ulcers, boils, and carbuncles; and to speed up wound healing. Magnesium is also used as a cold compress in the treatment of a severe skin infection caused by strep bacteria (erysipelas) and as a hot compress for deep-seated skin infections.

Magnesium is injected into the body for nutritional purposes and to treat magnesium deficiency that occurs in people with pancreas infections, magnesium absorption disorders, and cirrhosis. It is also injected to treat high blood pressure during pregnancy and other pregnancy complications.

Magnesium is also used as an injection to control seizures, to treat irregular heartbeat, to control irregular heartbeat after a heart attack, and for cardiac arrest. Magnesium is also injected into the body to treat asthma and other lung disease complications, for migraines and cluster headaches, jellyfish stings, poisonings, pain, swelling in the brain, chemotherapy side effects, head trauma and bleeding, sickle cell disease, to prevent cerebral palsy, and for tetanus.

Rederences

Abdel-halim J. The effect of preoperative single shot dose of epidural magnesium sulphate or dexamethesone as adjuvants to local anesthesia. Ain Shams Journal of Anesthesiology 2011;4:83-91.

Abraham, A. S., Rosenmann, D., Kramer, M., Balkin, J., Zion, M. M., Farbstien, H., and Eylath, U. Magnesium in the prevention of lethal arrhythmias in acute myocardial infarction. Arch.Intern.Med 1987;147(4):753-755. View abstract.

Abreu-Gonzalez J, Rodríguez-Díaz CY. Magnesium and bronchodilator effect of beta-adrenergic. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 2002;165:A185.

Adeeb N, Ho CM. Comparing magnesium sulphate versus diazepam in the management of severe pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. 1994;38

Aggarwal, P., Sharad, S., Handa, R., Dwiwedi, S. N., and Irshad, M. Comparison of nebulised magnesium sulphate and salbutamol combined with salbutamol alone in the treatment of acute bronchial asthma: a randomised study. Emerg.Med.J 2006;23(5):358-362. View abstract.

Ahlborg, B., Ekelund, L. G., and Nilsson, C. G. Effect of potassium-magnesium-aspartate on the capacity for prolonged exercise in man. Acta Physiol Scand. 1968;74(1):238-245. View abstract.

Akhtar, M. I., Ullah, H., and Hamid, M. Magnesium, a drug of diverse use. J Pak.Med Assoc 2011;61(12):1220-1225. View abstract.

Albrecht, E., Kirkham, K. R., Liu, S. S., and Brull, R. The analgesic efficacy and safety of neuraxial magnesium sulphate: a quantitative review. Anaesthesia 2013;68(2):190-202. View abstract.

Alexander, J. M., McIntire, D. D., Leveno, K. J., and Cunningham, F. G. Selective magnesium sulfate prophylaxis for the prevention of eclampsia in women with gestational hypertension. Obstet.Gynecol. 2006;108(4):826-832. View abstract.

Alghamdi, A. A., Al Radi, O. O., and Latter, D. A. Intravenous magnesium for prevention of atrial fibrillation after coronary artery bypass surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Card Surg. 2005;20(3):293-299. View abstract.

Ali G, Kamal M Khan AN. Comparison of the efficacy of magnesium sulphate and diazepam in the control of tetanus spasm. Journal of Postgraduate Medical Institute 2011;25:106-110.

Alraek, T., Lee, M. S., Choi, T. Y., Cao, H., and Liu, J. Complementary and alternative medicine for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome: a systematic review. BMC.Complement Altern Med 2011;11:87. View abstract.

Alter, H. J., Koepsell, T. D., and Hilty, W. M. Intravenous magnesium as an adjuvant in acute bronchospasm: a meta-analysis. Ann.Emerg.Med 2000;36(3):191-197. View abstract.

Apan, A., Buyukkocak, U., Ozcan, S., Sari, E., and Basar, H. Postoperative magnesium sulphate infusion reduces analgesic requirements in spinal anaesthesia. Eur J Anaesthesiol. 2004;21(10):766-769. View abstract.

Appel, L. J., Moore, T. J., Obarzanek, E., Vollmer, W. M., Svetkey, L. P., Sacks, F. M., Bray, G. A., Vogt, T. M., Cutler, J. A., Windhauser, M. M., Lin, P. H., and Karanja, N. A clinical trial of the effects of dietary patterns on blood pressure. DASH Collaborative Research Group. N.Engl.J Med 4-17-1997;336(16):1117-1124. View abstract.

Appleton, M. P., Kuehl, T. J., Raebel, M. A., Adams, H. R., Knight, A. B., and Gold, W. R. Magnesium sulfate versus phenytoin for seizure prophylaxis in pregnancy-induced hypertension. Am.J.Obstet.Gynecol. 1991;165(4 Pt 1):907-913. View abstract.

Arango, M. F. and Bainbridge, D. Magnesium for acute traumatic brain injury. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2008;(4):CD005400. View abstract.

Arango, M. F. and Mejia-Mantilla, J. H. Magnesium for acute traumatic brain injury. Cochrane.Database.Syst.Rev. 2006;(4):CD005400. View abstract.

Arcioni, R., Palmisani, S., Tigano, S., Santorsola, C., Sauli, V., Romano, S., Mercieri, M., Masciangelo, R., De Blasi, R. A., and Pinto, G. Combined intrathecal and epidural magnesium sulfate supplementation of spinal anesthesia to reduce post-operative analgesic requirements: a prospective, randomized, double-blind, controlled trial in patients undergoing major orthopedic surgery. Acta Anaesthesiol.Scand. 2007;51(4):482-489. View the abstract.

 

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