Are You Low on Magnesium?

Magnesium Benefits and Uses Are You Low on Magnesium?The answer is likely “Yes” that you are deficient in Magnesium.

Magnesium is the eighth most abundant mineral on earth, and the third most abundant in sea water. More importantly, it is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and it is necessary in over 300 reactions within the body.

Magnesium isn’t just abundant in the body, but vitally important too. As this article explains:

Every single cell in the human body demands adequate magnesium to function, or it will perish. Strong bones and teeth, balanced hormones, a healthy nervous and cardiovascular system, well functioning detoxification pathways and much more depend upon cellular magnesium sufficiency. Soft tissue containing the highest concentrations of magnesium in the body include the brain and the heart—two organs that produce a large amount of electrical activity, and which can be especially vulnerable to magnesium insufficiency.

Proper magnesium ratios are important for the body to correctly use calcium in the cells. Even a small deficiency can lead to a dangerous calcium imbalance and lead to problems like calcification and cell death. This manifests itself with symptoms like heart trouble, migraine headaches, muscle cramps and premenstrual cramping.

Where Has All The Magnesium Gone?

Unfortunately, most modern farming processes tax the soil, depleting it of its natural magnesium. On top of that, many hybrids are selectively bred to survive low levels of magnesium and most conventional fertilizers use nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus, and do nothing to replenish magnesium levels.

Water was once a good source of magnesium, but now:

Fluoride in drinking water binds with magnesium, creating a nearly insoluble mineral compound that ends up deposited in the bones, where its brittleness increases the risk of fractures. Water, in fact, could be an excellent source of magnesium—if it comes from deep wells that have magnesium at their source, or from mineral-rich glacial runoff. Urban sources of drinking water are usually from surface water, such as rivers and streams, which are low in magnesium. Even many bottled mineral waters are quite low in magnesium, or have a very high concentration of calcium, or both.

These additional dietary factors can also deplete magnesium:

  • Consumption of caffeine
  • Consumption of sugar (It takes 287 molecules of magnesium to metabolize a single glucose molecule! source)
  • Consumption of processed food
  • Consumption of alcohol
  • Consumption of produce from depleted soil
  • Consumption of foods high in phytic acid

Additionally, drugs like birth control pills, hypertension medicine, diuretics, insulin, and certain antibiotics (among others) deplete magnesium levels. Sweating often from exercise or other causes can also deplete magnesium.

What Does Magnesium DO?

Magnesium is necessary for hundreds of functions within the body, but is especially important for:

  • Gives rigidity AND flexibility to your bones (more important than Calcium in many cases)
  • Increases bioavailability of calcium
  • Regulates and normalizes blood pressure
  • Prevents and reverses kidney stone formation
  • Promotes restful sleep
  • Helps prevent congestive heart failure
  • Eases muscle cramps and spasms
  • Lowers serum cholesterol levels and triglycerides
  • Decreases insulin resistance
  • Can prevent atherosclerosis and stroke
  • End cluster and migraine headaches
  • Enhances circulation
  • Relieves fibromyalgia and chronic pain
  • Treats asthma and emphysema
  • Helps make proteins
  • Encourages proper elimination
  • Prevents osteoporosis
  • Proper Vitamin D absorption
  • protection from radiation
  • To aid weight loss
  • Lessen or remove ADD or ADHD in children
  • in proper digestion of carbohydrates
  • emerging evidence is showing a preventative role in many cancers
  • (source)

Even though magnesium deficiency is rarely addressed in medical settings, the National Institutes of Health website states that:

Some observational surveys have associated higher blood levels of magnesium with lower risk of coronary heart disease [50-51]. In addition, some dietary surveys have suggested that a higher magnesium intake may reduce the risk of having a stroke [52]. There is also evidence that low body stores of magnesium increase the risk of abnormal heart rhythms, which may increase the risk of complications after a heart attack [4]. These studies suggest that consuming recommended amounts of magnesium may be beneficial to the cardiovascular system.

Are You Deficient?

As I said above, the answer is likely ‘yes’ in today’s world, as over 80% of tested adults are. Unfortunately, blood tests are relatively ineffective in gauging magnesium levels as less than 1% of magnesium is in the blood.

Low magnesium levels are often diagnosed by symptoms alone, and the following symptoms can point to low magnesium levels:

  • Inability to sleep or insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Mental disturbances
  • Anxiety, depression or restlessness
  • Muscle soreness or spasms
  • Infertility or PMS
  • High levels of stress
  • Headaches
  • Heart “flutters” or palpitations
  • Fatigue or unusual tiredness
  • Coldness in extremities
  • Fuzzy brain or difficulty concentrating
  • Allergies and sensitivities
  • Lack of appetite
  • Back pain
  • Body odor
  • Bad short term memory
  • Poor coordination
  • Insulin resistance
  • Carbohydrate cravings
  • Constipation
  • Frequent cavities or poor dental health
  • Gut disorders
  • Kidney stones
  • Thyroid problems

If you have more than one of the above symptoms and especially if you have more than five, it is highly likely that you could benefit from magnesium supplementation.

How To Get Enough Magnesium

How to make your own magnesium oil to improve sleep and reduce stress 300x206 Are You Low on Magnesium?Unfortunately, magnesium is often not well absorbed by the digestive track, and is even more difficult to absorb if you are deficient or are low in vitamin D, have poor gut bacteria or suffer from a number of other conditions.

On top of that, most foods are depleted of their natural magnesium levels and the water supply is lacking also. For this reason, I often recommend magnesium supplementation to clients who struggle with the above symptoms.

There are several ways to supplement, and a mixture of more than one type of magnesium supplementation seems to be most effective. It is important to start slow and work up, as high doses will not be completely absorbed at first and most will be wasted.

Leafy green vegetables, sea vegetables, kelp, and especially nettle (in herb form available here) are good dietary sources of magnesium, though if you have a deficiency, it will be difficult to raise your levels enough through diet alone.

The best ways to supplement with magnesium are:

I’d actually advise at least two of the above forms, including transdermal supplementation, especially if you show multiple symptoms. The easiest way to gauge your dose is to start at half of the recommended dose and work up (even above it) until you experience loose stools and then back off slightly. From this dose, you should be able to gradually increase your dose until your symptoms disappear.

Personally, I use all three of the above options and the most noticeable effects I’ve seen since using it (and notice when I forget to take it) are: my body odor has gone away, I have great mental clarity most of the time, and my sleep is greatly improved. I’ve also seen great improvements in my dental health, though this is also in part because of my dental regimen (full post on that coming soon).

If you experience any of the symptoms above, or if you are on a no grain diet or consume any processed or conventionally produced food, I’d definitely encourage at least trying magnesium supplementation to see if it can improve your symptoms.  If you’d like to learn more about the importance of magnesium and its various actions in the body, I’d suggest the book The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean.

Do you take magnesium? Have you noticed any benefit? Share below!

Reader Comments

  1. Honora says

    Dr. Davis recently suggested magnesium malate capsules.  What do you think of this supplementation?  What about chelated? 

    • says

      Both of those forms are good as well, but some people may have trouble absorbing them internally if they have intestinal issues, so the skin oil is helpful for those people.

    • Laura says

      I take at least 1000 mg of chelated magnesium citrate a day.
      Magnesium oxide in any multi-vitamin is a poor way to get your daily requirement.
      Be sure to take calcium citrate not calcium carbonate and Vitamin D.

      Epson salt baths are very helpful.

  2. SarahG. says

    My sister suffers from almost everyone of these symptoms. She is being tested for everything under the sun. Is there a way to test for magnesium deficiency?

    • says

      There isn’t a reliable way to test because so little of your body’s magnesium is in the blood. Most are in the bones and organs, and it is difficult to get a good measure through a blood test. Symptoms are usually used to diagnose, and since the body will just flush out any extra, it won’t hurt to try taking it for a month or two and see if symptoms improve.

      • Carrie B says

        Hi Wellness Mama!

        Glad to see you spreading awareness for magnesium deficiency! I directed my pregnant niece to your site. Just wanted to add here that a Magnesium RBC test is the best available test to measure intracellular levels of magnesium(other than a hair tissue mineral analysis – HTMA). Most doctors do not know what this test is…they always think you are talking about serum magnesium. If your doctor does not know what this is…it can be ordered via requestatest.com. There are a few other online sites as well.

        • jake says

          The body stores only 0.05% of its Mg in red blood cells, so a Mg RBC test is just as unhelpful as a Mg blood serum test, except to spot cases of life-threatening Mg. deficiency. You need a genuine intracellular Mg. test, such as the EXATest. The test examines a swab from inside your cheek, using Analytical Scanning Electron Microscopy, (ASEM,) and an Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analysis, (EXA,) to make a genuine determination of the intracellular contents of Mg AND Potassium, the other intracellular electrolyte.

          Unfortunately, the vendor sends the kit to healthcare professionals only, so you need to work with one who, at the least, will humor you.

    • nelle says

      you should get her tested for Lyme disease, which depletes the magnesium in your body and causes multiple symptoms that are not explainable, including everything on this magnesium depletion list. Lyme spirochetes cause magnesium deficiency in most people with Lyme disease

    • Laura says

      There are various ways to test Mg deficiency. The urine tests can be a bit tricky because Mg levels fluctuates throughout the day but you can try the Magnesium serum test. Please note this is not the most accurate test. Mg blood levels stand at 1%, When Mg levels drop in the blood, the body will find a way to replenish this even if it means drawing Mg from the bones/cells. In the UK the NHS believes that MG serum levels between 0.6- 1% is normal. On the other hand, Mg deficiency is quite widespread and to this end some physicians are of the opinion that an Mg serum reading of less than 0.9% is a sign of deficiency. My daughter had two tests done and she had a reading of 0.78% and 0.81% I then followed this up with an RBC Mg test (an intracellular test to gauge the level of Mg in her cells) and this came back with a reading of 2.13 which is on the lower end. More of this below.

      b) Alternatively, you can test for Mg deficiency using a sublingual epithelial test or a RBC Mg test The former requires taking cell samples from underneath the tongue, whilst the latter is a blood test. Both tests will check for Mg WITHIN the celLs (intracellular). These tests are more accurate than the Mg serum test in that they look to ascertain Mg levels within our cell tissues.

      My daughter recently had an RBC test done, Whilst waiting for the results I put her on 750 mg of Mg supplements. I was waiting to see if her stomach would run ( a sure sign of excess Mg). Her stomach remained fined.

      The results came back and it was established that her intracellular Mg levels were 2.13 nmol/l, Normal range is 2.08 and 3. My GP said that her Mg levels were normal yet when you look at the reading that is on the low side. Suffice to say I put her on Mg supplements. She has severe eczema and in the last 5 months she’s been on a cocktail of Vitamin D, Mg, Zn, B6, Vitamin D and evening primrose oil with good results.

      If your sister is unable to conduct any of these tests, I suggest she start taking Mg supplements (preferably Mg glycinate) about 500 mg a day. Try for 3 days and if her stomach is fine, she should push it up to 800 Mg a day. 800 mg should help her obtain her daily intake and build up her reserves.

  3. Cathy says

    I’ve heard a lot of good about magnesium glycinate…any thoughts?  I’ve typically used Solaray’s blend of magnesium citrate and asparotate (sp?) and also Nature Calm.  The last few months I had gotten away from taking it and have had horrible body odor…just started again a few weeks ago…will be interested to see if that improves.

    • Debra says

      I have not had a migraine in 15 months since I started taking magnesium glycinate. I suffered from severe migraines for over 16 years; five to six days a week with SEVERE headaches. Nothing helped – prescription medications or OTC – nothing helped. In recent years, I have resorted to drinking three to four caffeinated sodas a day (I wasn’t a soda drinker before at all) and taking three to four doses of motrin a day to get only a slight bit of relief. Someone told me about magnesium but that didn’t seem to help either. However, I was taking the wrong kind of magnesium. Fifteen months ago, I read that you have to take magnesium glycinate. I tried it and have been completely migraine free for FIFTEEN MONTHS! I still can’t get over it. I feel like I have been set free! I take two 200mg tablets for a total of 400mg a day. I feel like a new person! I have not had any motrin or prescription migraine medication in fifteen months.
      I now know of four other people who have also started taking magnesium glycinate and it has stopped their migraines as well.

  4. Venessa says

    this might sound crazy..but if the soil is depleted of magnesium , as is the water..what are the supplements made of? Where do the manufacturers of the supplements get their ingredient from? Just a question…..

  5. Joey says

    Also, I’ve been wondering … do bone broths contain magnesium?  Would there be enough to even consider it a dietary source?

    • says

      Bone broth does contain magnesium, but it also contains enough calcium that it won’t help much if your ratios are messed up, since you’ll be getting so much calcium with it. Bone broths are nutritionally great though, just not the best source of magnesium

  6. Karyn says

    What do you think of supplementation at the end of pregnancy? I have heard that it helps a lot with afterbirth pains, since it relaxes the uterus. But I’m wondering if one must wait until after labor – would it actually relax the uterus so much that it would not be as efficient during contractions?

    • Rebekka Hennecke says

      I took 1000mg daily of magnesium all through my pregnancy (I have a tendency to muscle cramps so I always take it), and none of my HC providers ever said anything to it. BUT: my water broke without contractions and I had to be induced, major failure to progress, fever and antibiotics, monitoring, interventions and finally 37 hours later my daughter was born by vacuum extraction. It sounds way worse than it actually was, though. I doubt the magnesium was the reason but from what you say it might have been a compounding factor? YMMV.

    • Barbara says

      I am in the 3rd trimester and complained to my midwife of charlie horses in the legs as well as an over-abundance in Braxton-Hicks. She recommended the Natural Calm magnesium supplement b/c it’s so difficult to get enough nutrients through food when you are hugely pregnant and can only ingest about 1/2c. of food at one sitting. It has been an amazing difference!

      • Barbara says

        I forgot to tell you that she said that labor is going to be strong enough to get the baby out because the hormones during labor increase as needed. That’s why contractions start slow and far apart and get stronger and closer together. Your body communicates what’s necessary to do the job.

    • Karyn says

      Thanks for the feedback, Rebekka and Babs5 – I too get the muscle cramps so I might try the supplementation. And I wouldn’t mind if my contractions slowed down a smidge as mine come fast and furious once they start!

    • Karyn says

      Thanks for the feedback, Rebekka and Babs5 – I too get the muscle cramps so I might try the supplementation. And I wouldn’t mind if my contractions slowed down a smidge as mine come fast and furious once they start!

      • Mrs Stevens says

        When I was hospitalised with pre term labour and high BP intravenous magnesium was used to STOP the contractions. It worked well too and when they decided he was cooked enough and stopped it labour started again with a few hours. Three hours later my son was born without any help.

  7. Gissel Orellana says

    I love this article, well every single one you post. I have some of these symptoms and I can’t wait to try the magnesium… I have terrible brain fog, body odor, stress, headaches ugh the list goes on. Again thank you!

  8. says

    Thanks for the info about transdermal magnesium. I’ve been taking a magnesium supplement (high absorbtive, chelated), recommended by my naturopath, but know that absorption can be a problem. Even so, I feel much better when I’m taking it. Also, thanks for your very informative site. Good stuff!
    Eleanor

  9. JillT says

    I ordered the oil and the ionic supplement you recommended.

    The ionic supplement gives me a horribly sore throat. Why does this happen?

    Thanks!

    • says

      How much water are you diluting it in? There’s a chance it is too concentrated, or that you need it so much that it is creating the same burn/tingle that the oil does on the skin when you first start taking it. Maybe try diluting it more or start with a smaller dose…

      • JillT says

        Ummm… I’m not diluting it. In just taking a dropperful and swallowing it. Haha oops!

        I’ll try dilution. Thanks!

  10. jean says

    I have another symptom to add.  I had taken Inderol (a beta blocker) for 20 years because of shaky hands which had been diagnosed as a Voluntary Tremor.  After starting on Magnesium and upped my dose over time I am completely off the drug and only get shaky if I drink full caffeinated coffee, which makes sense from what you say about caffeine depleting it.  My heart palpitations are gone too!  
    This is a great article and I can really relate to it.  Thanks!   

    • Natalie says

      Hi Wjeaner,
      I have been struggling for over 4 years with, weakness, shaking, trembling in myhands on and off, mental fogginess, etc, what dosage of magnesium do you take? Also how long before you actually noticed a difference? I am at my wits end. I have been poked, prodded, X-Rayed, etc and everything comes backnormal. This is affecting my blood pressure a lot during the day as it goes very low and I am disabled by this when it happens.
      Thank you for the info

  11. says

    Wow those are a lot of symptoms and I have a lot. If I am magnesium deficient then I bet my husband and son are. Now my question is my son is 4 1/2 yrs. old how should I treat him for this? How much should I use? I would just be afraid of giving him too much.

  12. Danielle says

    Maybe I’m insanely sensitive but I just got the oil and the calm today. The oil burned- not tingled and left red dots. Should I dilute it?

    • says

      Yeah, try diluting in coconut oil if you have it, or lotion if you don’t. From what I understand, the more deficient you are, the more it will be uncomfortable in the beginning. Mine was uncomfortable enough to be annoying when I first started using it, but now it doesn’t bother me at all…

    • says

      I use small doses of all three, but some people do better with just the oil at first. I’d start with the recommended dose of one and then add the others in slowly.

  13. KellyG00 says

    Have you heard of a magnesium deficiency causing restless leg syndrome?  I have suffered from it for severals years now, and I know it is aggravated by alcohol, sugar, and caffeine (all things that deplete magnesium, hmm…).  I am considering trying the magnesium oil to lessen my symptoms.  

      • Nik says

        I had restless leg syndrome durring my last trimester of pregnancy. I took Magnesium and it absolutely helped plus I slept better.

    • Erika says

      I had horrible leg cramping with my first pregnancy. Now that I use midwives for prenatal care, they always have me supplement with calcium/magnesium, and have had NOT ONE cramp in my last 4 pregnancies. If I ever get a little restless leg syndrome, I go get out a magnesium pill, and it is gone in 15 minutes. Love it!

    • lisa says

      Hi. You may have dealt with your restless leg syndrome years ago, but in case you still have it: my husband was suffering from restless leg syndrome. He was diagnosed with a severe iron deficiency. Nobody thought the restless leg had anything to do with that, but since his iron deficiency has been being successfully treated (years of iron infusions monthly–he will always need them, apparently) he has not had so much as a twitch in his legs.

  14. Colleen says

    Hi, Thanks for this post. So here’s a funny thing… I’ve experienced chronic/seasonal (I know… weird, but true) follifulitis for more than ten years now.  Red spots on my arms and near a surgery scar on my leg and it’s staph. The infection subsided a bit when I went gluten free three years ago, but this spring it’s back (we’ve had pretty nice weather here in the PNW, so perhaps this is b/c of allergens?).  Long story short, I’ve tried everything I can think of to address this problem, but nothing helped– until this last week when I read that some people have had success applying MILK of MAGNESIA directly to the problem areas.  I had some left over from my gluten days, so I tried it.  Lo and behold, of all the things in the world, good ol’ Phillips Milk of Magnesia is working.  It seems to keep the inflammation down and it’s the staph creates the inflammation pockets.   My theory is that the magnesium is changing the surface of my skin (pH? like with epsom baths) in such a way that it’s inhospitable to staph.  I’ve also gathered that magnesium somehow binds tissue cells together such that staph cannot easily slip between two or more.  The existing spots are shrinking quickly– while usually they stay “active” for weeks.  My only concern (aside from the unflattering milky white residue) is a bleaching additive Phillips uses to as a preservative, so I think I’ll try this transdermal magnesium– seems like it could be a worthwhile investment.

  15. says

    Before I started taking magnesium I had headaches and/or migraines 5-6 days a week.  Since I started I have only had one headache! yay! This is awesome since I hate taking medication.  My doctor had me on Imitrex for my migraines and half the time it didn’t even work! The side effects scared me so I would usually just suffer through the pain but now I don’t have to! Thanks so much for all the info you provide and for sharing your knowledge so others can benefit too!!

  16. Shnapes says

    I started to take the Natural Calm a few weeks ago and after a few days my arms started to itch (as I increased the dose) is that normal? I stopped taking it thinking I was having an allergic reaction. Not sure what to do now…any suggestions?

  17. Emily says

    Epsom salt baths are recommended by Dr. Christanne Northrup as a good source of magnesium.  I have found a bath with a cup of epsom salt or a foot soak can be effective. :)

    • Soulful Lab says

      Totally agree! With a young one, I find drinking the Natural Calm to be the best way I get magnesium since I can chase my toddler and drink it before bed.

  18. Teasdale2 says

    Does it have any side effects with prescription meds? My dad has advanced Parkinson’s Disease so is on lot of meds, but I think magnesium might help him out.  Any thoughts?

      • Teasdale2 says

        Thanks! I’ve wondered about coconut oil for him as well. Will for sure check with the doc first and hopefully he’ll be opened minded enough….

        • Catherine Peters says

          I’ve taken coconut oil and it is hard to swallow – meaning it gets a bit much after a while – you get sick of it (and I have never taken more than 2 T.) I can’t imagine it in my tea. I was adding it to my porridge but after awhile I just melted it in the microwave and downed it to get over it. I would say that the coconut oil that does not have any smell or taste is a better way to go. It gets nauseating after a while (but perhaps that is just me). I do cook with the unscented kind. Great for frying.

          • Veronika sklenar says

            I had the same problem with the coconut oil but putting it in tea like roibos or normal tea is the best way to get it down because it floats on top you practically get it in your first sip and it’s over…

  19. sheryl says

    Is taking magnesium in pills ok together with vit c and vit d3? Ty let me know cause it makes feel weak. Ty

    • says

      I wouldn’t take them at the same time, as the magnesium and c together tend to cancel each other our. If you are deficient, the mag can make you tired, especially at first…

      • sheryl says

        Is the magnesium you get from walmart is ok? ty for taking time writing all good stuff. God bless you.

      • Yelena says

        I have purchased the Natural Calm for Kids for my 5 year old daughter to help her with ADHD symptoms since I don’t want her put on drugs at any point in time. Yesterday when I took a look at the product again at our local natural store I noticed they had a Calcium Magnesium Natural Calm brand that also contains vit. D and C in it, but you say they cancel each other out. Now that I think of it, I believe the Kids Calm by Natural Calm also contains vit. C and zinc in it. Is this combination making it ineffective? I started to take the Magnesium supplement myself this past week because I developed pain in my heart area that radiates through my entire left side of chest and into my left arm and sometimes into my upper back and my energy level would be extremely low – so low that I would almost not be able to function and must lie down. I began taking the Magnesium supplement by Natural Calm and started to notice a difference. I had to take it twice a day and today for the first time since last Friday I felt no pain until this evening suddenly it started again. I started to do research on the possible causes of magnesium depletion and the only correlation that I can come up with is calcium imbalance because I had started to eat cottage cheese this past week and would eat A LOT of it, and then after a week of eating it, the pain started. While I had the pain I didn’t eat it as we were out of it. I at some last night and this afternoon again and wonder if that is the reason my heart started to hurt again in the evening? I have never had this kind of reaction to cottage cheese in the past when I ate it, but I did notice a decline in my dental health and nervousness in the past few years, and now I realize it must be the Magnesium deficiency. Any thoughts, advice? I don’t really want to go to a cardiologist. Thank you for your article and reply. Blessings.

        • Heather says

          Not sure if you have had problems, but I have been doing a lot of reading on the gallbladder and that could have been your problem with magnesium helping. I read somewhere in all my research that magnesium helps gb.

      • Catherine Peters says

        I take Vitamin D – do you mean not at the same moment or at all? I take my Vit. D. in the am. As well – is there a length of time you need to take a break from it or do you just stay on it forever?

  20. sheryl says

    Wow!!! Taking magnesium sulfate makes you run in the bathroom. Is it safe to take it everyday? Let me know and ty in advance :)

    • says

      Especially if you are low, you can have loose bowels at first. Try a lower dose and taper up slowly if you want to avoid the bathroom trips, but it is safe everyday…

      • sheryl says

        I only took 2tbsp but it’s alright cleans me up. It gives me cramp though when i woke this morning. Ty u so much for all your help. :)

    • Connie Terpack says

      My neurologist explained that if my body had too much magnesium, it would get rid of the extra through the bowels, causing loose stools. I take 250 mg twice a day with occasionally an extra tab. When that happens, I stop it for a day or two then resume; or sometimes I simply take only 1 dose for a day or two then bump back up to 2.
      The mag has helped in so many ways, I hate to be without for too long.

  21. Dawn says

    I have been using the Natural Calm every night before bed. It helps me sleep more soundly and fall asleep faster. It also helps counter the effects of Tramadol which I take for back pain (I’m regular now). I am going to start my daughter on it next. She gets many headaches and is highly stressed at school.

  22. Jenn H says

    Quick correction- the link you provided about the number of Mg molecules to metabolize one molecule of glucose was incorrect by a factor of 10 according to the source you provided. The source states 28 molecules Mg, and you state 287.

  23. Amy says

    Hi, I am wondering….do you have a source for this: “Unfortunately, blood tests are relatively ineffective in gauging magnesium levels as less than 1% of magnesium is in the blood.”
    I would really like to start supplementing with Magnesium but there’s no way my husband will take it if I don’t have some concrete evidence that he needs it. Is the Magnesium RBC test any more accurate? He has high blood pressure and I’ve been wondering if this is the culprit. His regular Mag level on a standard blood test came back normal. Like I say….I’m going to need something more to get him onboard.

    Thanks :)

    • says

      Here is one article from an AHA Journal:http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/92/8/2190.abstract a quote: In their work with patients, doctors find this lack of a test that can measure clinically meaningful magnesium levels frustrating. The article ‘Noninvasive Measurement of Tissue Magnesium and Correlation With Cardiac Levels’ emphasizes this frustration in the statement: “The role of magnesium in the clinical setting, however, is hampered by the lack of an assay of intracellular tissue magnesium levels.” And intracellular levels are being shown to be the only clinically significant measures of magnesium levels. As an answer to this, a ‘Sublingual epithelial cell’ magnesium test was developed and has been shown to be a valuable tool in the hunt for meaningful magnesium measurements. One study that compared the intracellular levels of magnesium from the scrapings of cells directly from the heart wall and from cells under the tongue showed that the two matched up well; more importantly, low magnesium levels from the sublingual epithelial cell scrapings were able to correctly predict the patients that would have abnormal changes in their heart rhythm after major heart surgery, even while the serum levels were within normal range.
      “Since only 1% of total body Mg 2+ is found in the
      intravascular space, serum levels of Mg 2+ give little
      information about a patient’s overall Mg 2+
      status with respect to this essential mineral.”
      Burton B. Silver, PhD

    • says

      My doc finds the RBC mag test more accurate than a straight blood-levels test. I can’t swear it’s totally accurate, of course, but he says it’s BETTER. (And mine definitely showed low.)

  24. Mary Cronin says

    Hi, I bought Natural Calm today after I read your article, but had forgotten about the loose stools thing. I have crohn’s disease (and while I’m not in any pain right now I do have loose stools already from it at the moment). You also mention the gut/bad bacteria thing. Should I be using this as the spray as my first time use? I guess I probably should, I was just hoping to do this today, but I will do that tomorrow. How would I know when I’m doing “enough” if I already have loose stools? I guess I should just do the spraying on the skin for now? Any thoughts appreciated. Love the site, have learned a lot of insteresting things I hope to put to use in my household soon.

  25. says

    You might want to correct your 287 to 28 in the paragraph about molecules of magnesium vs sugar. “According to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, the body requires at least twenty-eight molecules of magnesium to metabolize a single molecule of glucose.” WAP.

  26. Erika says

    Thank you sooo much for this info! I will definitely be getting some of these magnesium supplements for me, who is hypothyroid, and for my son, who is ADHD, but I also strongly suspect he is low thyroid as well. I just learned this week about the connection that magnesium plays with brain function and ADHD from this site, just in case anyone is further interested. I was shocked to find out that this (and zinc) may be all the help my son needs. I am so thankful for your info. Here’s the site about ADHD and magnesium:

    http://adhd-treatment-options.blogspot.com/2008/11/treating-adhd-with-magnesium-and.html?m=1

  27. Inez says

    Thank you for your web-site. It has informed me so. I also am able to share your site with my patients. I am a massage therapist. Your site has made my preaching easier!

  28. Reyna says

    Hi, I have been struggling with PCOS and have always worked to keep testosterone levels down. In spite of all the other health benefits which I can definitely help me (insomnia, spasm, pms, sensitive to cold, overweight in the midsection etc.), I have read that magnesium will increase testosterone. Has anyone with PCOS tried taking magnesium? I am wondering if I should take it or stay away from it.

  29. Reyna says

    Hi, I have been struggling with PCOS and have always worked to keep testosterone levels down. In spite of all the other health benefits which I can definitely help me (insomnia, spasm, pms, sensitive to cold, overweight in the midsection etc.), I have read that magnesium will increase testosterone. Has anyone with PCOS tried taking magnesium? I am wondering if I should take it or stay away from it.

  30. says

    Where I live, we do not have fluoridated water. The people here passed a law or whatever to remove it. Our water all comes from an aquifer, and my water personally is very delicious and low in chlorine (city water tastes like a swimming pool, but I live just outside the city limits and have a different water source). Would that make it more likely that my drinking water has more magnesium in it?

  31. Rebekah Love says

    Unfortunately, I think my water has fluoride in it. If fluoride in water binds with magnesium, does mixing Natural Calm or magnesium salt with this water negate its effects?

  32. Jackie says

    How much should you take (my blood tests said low but I have been having bad cramps, horrible palpitations and high stess for no reason really) and I want my kids on it. I have the lotion, oil and natural calm. whats best and how much on kids? and where is it best to put the lotion/oil? thanks! Looking forward to seeing some results! Oh! and they said I had low D and B… will that make a difference?

  33. Candace Holmes says

    Thanks for the great post. How do I make my own Magnesium oil. I read the article above and didn’t see instructions. Thanks :)

  34. says

    I’ve been taking NaturalCalm for the last few days and am super-nauseated this morning. I’ve read all the comments and no one seems to have experienced this. Can you tell me if this could be a normal reaction…so I don’t have to take a pregnancy test?! Haha

  35. Megan Hutchison says

    Has anyone tried rubbing/applying the ionic magnesium to their skin for transdermal dosing? I would like to buy/make magnesium oil, but in the mean time… thanks!

  36. Carmen says

    Hi Katie, I was wondering why in my bottle of magnesium oil says to wipe or wash after 20 min? Do you know if is ok to leave it on? Bought the one you use.
    Thanks for your response,

  37. Iwonderbren says

    I had gastric bypass over 10 years ago and about 4 years after surgery I had a panic attach and now I suffer from Anxiety etc. I am wondering if the surgery made the absorbsion of Magnesion even harder and now I am really deficient. Have you heard of such problems with those surgeries.

  38. says

    Hi will mega magnesium help me with my fibromyalgia as i have had it for some mths now , just started 2 days ago a friend said it mite help me with the pain is this true as i need to find somthing besides the tablets the doctor has given me as these help me with my sleep and my stress but not helping with the pain , i would like to try and be normal again as day by day dities are getting hard for me to do and i would like to go back to work as i have been off work due to the pain thats in my body ,can this help me as i am taking 1 a day or should i take 2 a day . PLEASE HELP .

  39. Rachel Bartkiewicz says

    I have 21 of the above symptoms. I’ve been taking Mg citrate for the past 2-3 weeks and the only symptom that has improved is my sleep, but I’m not sure if that’s due to the earplugs or the Mg.

    My worst symptom is my gut irritability / food sensitivities. I knew that damaged guts have problems absorbing nutrients but I didn’t think of that until reading your article. Hopefully supplementing in the future with the skin oil and bathing Mg bathing salts will help heal my gut, skin, and other symptoms.

    Thanks!

      • Rachel Bartkiewicz says

        Yes, and the SCD. I’ve done the GAPS diet for a while, but I became severely depressed. I was suggested to try doing a carb refeed and the effects were immediate – I felt mostly back to my normal-mooded self. I never did the GAPS intro diet both because of my bone broth always made me gag bc it tasted so terrible (I think due to the lack of garlic or onion as those make me feel immediately very ill) and bc of the no-carbohydrate leading to suicidal thoughts and nearly actions some days.

        I actually just found your parasite blog post upon Googling parasites yesterday and will be starting to implement your tips and tips from other sites and I’m making a(nother sigh..) doctor’s appointment to get tested for them. I have scarring I just noticed two nights ago on my abdominal skin that looks like Google images for ring worms :(.

  40. Diane Page says

    I just read your article on Magnesium and found it very interesting. I have many of the symptoms listed. I do take a magnesium gel cap supplement but I have also purchased the Natural Calm and the Trace Minterals Ionic magnesium. Since I have been taking the gel cap for a while how should I implement the rest. Is there a certain mg a day to work up too and can you take too much magnesium.

  41. Delft Naturopath says

    For this body butter recipe, what form of magnesium are the flakes in? Magnesium sulfate? Looking forward to trying this recipe!

  42. EarthOne says

    Thank you for all the information. As a child I was on antibiotics a lot for mainly ear infections. As a result, I was constipated a lot of the time. This continued into my adult years. I have recently started supplementing with vitamin D and magnesium. I started out taking 500 mg of magnesium and that helped with the constipation for a few days; then the constipation returned. I then upped the dose to 750 mg of magnesium. That worked for awhile, but again the constipation returned. Finally, I upped the dose to 1000 mg of magnesium, this has worked and the constipation has not returned. My question is, I am now pregnant; will 1000 mg of magnesium be safe for the unborn child? Many thanks again.

  43. Sarah Lashley says

    Help me understand. How are 80% of tested adults low in magnesium, if magnesium is difficult to test? I don’t doubt your blog post. I just am very interested in how one can get tested so one knows their deficiency.

    • says

      There are other tests (biopsy type) that are more accurate than blood tests ( the statistic I was referring to) but the most effective test is to try via symptoms…

  44. joyfulcreations says

    Hi, Katie. I have some ConcenTrace Trace Mineral Drops in my cabinet for making toothpaste. Do you know if these are okay to use until I can get the others ordered. There is Chloride and Potassium in there as well. Just want to make sure those are safe for baby, too:) Thanks!

  45. Sarah Waters says

    My husband has been looking for chewable magnesium…with no luck. I’ll have to share this page with him.

  46. Anne Tracy says

    Hi – I’ve tried magnesium oil on my skin a few times, but it’s just too harsh and gives me a rash. Any suggestions?

  47. adoption revolution says

    Anytime I have tried to take a mag. supplement, or liquid it gives me a headache, and if I take it a night (to help w/ sleep) I wake up stuffed up and with a horrendous headache. Does this sound like an allergy?

    Love to hear if anyone else has this problem…

    • Rosalyn Byrd-Palacios says

      Hi adoption revolution…after taking my mag. supplement last night i got a headache! I rarely get headaches, so i got to wondering if it was the supplement that caused it. However, i am also on the brink of getting a cold so……

      • adoption revolution says

        Yeah…I can’t explain it but I’ve tried so many types. I think I might have an allergy to it…as I wake up stuffed up.

  48. Samuela Ashley Raasch says

    I just discovered your website at midnight last night. I couldn’t stop looking through and reading all of your posts. I tried your coffee this morning, too! Thank you! Quick question: Can you spray the liquid form on your body?

    • Samuela Ashley Raasch says

      Thanks! I later read somewhere that the liquid is the “oil” because its not actually an oil. My boyfriend has always had IBS and other gastro problems. We both have been using it (it’s only been two days) and today he texted: ” I don’t know if it’s the butter coffee or the magnesium spray but my stomach is so much better!!” We have been to so many doctors. I hope this part of the solution. Thank you so much for all of your helpful information!

  49. cmtchrista says

    I was looking over my Maca supplement and it says that in the ingredients it includes Magnesium Stearate – is this enough Magnesium or do you suggest not taking this? (it’s supposed to be good for libido! :) )

  50. Farnal says

    Where is the recipe or method on how to make the magnesium oil yourself? Did I miss something somewhere? The photograph says how to make it yourself…help?Thanks :D

  51. Lily says

    FYI to women with prolapse issues! I tried supplementing with magnesium (via mag oil and Natural Calm) and liked it EXCEPT that it worsened my bladder prolapse. Since it relaxes your muscles so well, many symptoms that I had improved via exercise returned while using the magnesium. Fortunately, it was only temporary – when I stopped using it, the prolapse was back to the “new normal” that I’ve been working on healing since the birth of my DD. I was disappointed because the mag definitely helped with anxiety and sleep. I know that many women with prolapse use magnesium and don’t have this issue, but it’s something to be aware of!

  52. Yvonne Keith says

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  53. michaela says

    Hi, I would be most grateful for your opinion and advice on a related topic.
    I recently started taking magnesium supplements as I read it could help with PMS but within a few days I started to feel very anxious with really strange, vivid dreams each night. I’m convinced that the two are related as my body is extremely sensitive to any thing I put in it. What do you think?
    Considering potential side affects, would Epsom Salts and magnesium oils be a better way for my body to absorb magnesium?

    • Charly says

      Hi Michaela,
      I’m experiencing the same side effects from taking a powdered magnesium supplement. Crazy, vivid dreams, and last night I woke up in the middle of the night practically hallucinating – I couldn’t come out of that heavy, dreamy state. It was very unsettling. I’ve vowed not to take any more magnesium orally, but I do want to continue supplementing. Did you try any transdermal versions? Did it help with alleviating your dreams?
      Thanks!

  54. Jason Farmer says

    I just started taking magnesium two days ago. Already, I can have broken my spell of non-elimination (pooping! now I can…you can too) and feel my legs recovering more quickly from strenuous race training. Thanks for this article

  55. Princess Frog says

    I found out that a cup of restaurant brewed decaf espresso contains 16,000 mg of magnesium ( nutritiondata.com). Other sources also rank it as exeptionally high. I am not a big fan of coffee, but apparenly it is the richest source of magnesium that exist in food. However everyone says that coffee depletes magnesium. They mean, caffeine? Then what about decaf coffee, which is not diuretic? Can anyone enlighten me, please? i am confused. There must be a way to get that magnesium out, if it is there.

  56. angiieex says

    I have been diagnosed with ADHD in adults, the inattentive type. For this I have been taking 20 mg of Adderall XR for about 10 months. I’ve been thinking about quitting my medication, because I know it has a lot of negative effects on the brain over time. Over the past few months I have noticed almost all of those symptoms, not just a little either.. They are all pretty bad and seem to just get worse as time goes on. Would you know if magnesium would help me if I decided to stop taking my meds and treat it naturally?

  57. Chris Olson Phillips says

    I’ve looked through this several times, and cannot find instructions on how to make magnesium oil, which is the heading of the article. Did I miss a link or misunderstand the heading? Is there a recipe/instructions?

  58. Alien says

    Hi, I don’t know if this is still being replied to, but I’ll try anyway. Do you think I can take the Magnesium supplements or whatever wile taking Concerta 36mg (ADHD meds that bore me senseless)

  59. AimezR says

    I have been using the oil after every shower and just started incorporating the liquid into my diet and have noticed a huge improvement! I have been putting it in my scrambled eggs, and am wondering if I’m damaging or lessening the effectiveness by cooking it? My husband is lazy and doesn’t remember to put the oil on so I’m trying to get magnesium in him by any means possible to help him with sleep so I’m hoping it’s still working in the eggs!!
    My sleep is so much better, as well as my mental clarity! Thank yoU!

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  61. Jia9 says

    I used your link for Natural Calm in order for you to get your commission. Where is the recipe to make my own magnesium oil as your title reads “How to Make Your Own Magnesium Oil, Improve Sleep And How To reduce Stress With This Simple Remedy”.

  62. Jennifer Storie Lamkin says

    Can I take Magnesium 400 mg while breastfeeding? My multivitamin has only 2% of my daily allowance.

  63. lemon99 says

    You Said Magsium Tests Are Inaccurate, But Then Say That Over 80% Of Tested Adults Are Magnesium Deficient. If The Test is Inaccurate, How Did This Number Come about?

  64. Chef Mom B says

    Taking magnesium supplements (pill form, 400Mg/day) has almost completely alleviated my IBS symptoms. I started taking magnesium as recommended by a neurologist to help with migraines, and happened upon this beneficial “side effect.” There is actually a theory that IBS might BE magnesium deficiency. I have not noticed other benefits though, and I suffer from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Perhaps a different form of magnesium would help.

  65. Elena says

    I stumbled upon this blog and can’t help but wonder what your science and nutrition background is? What kind of science education do you have that qualifies you to make these interpretations? As a molecular biologist, I have to disagree with some of your claims and you definitely should not be suggesting any sort of medical remedies, homeopathic or not.

    • Brooke says

      Freedom is risky, huh? But, we live in America where we, as individuals, at the current moment, get to choose who we listen to on health topics, what websites we read, and most of what goes into our bodies. If you don’t like it, there are plenty of tyrannical countries around the world that will tell you who to listen to and what to think :-)

  66. Deanna Ellis Joplin says

    I feel I could really use Magnesium supps for many of the reasons listed above. I tried the oil and had insomnia for 4 nights in a row. My SIL and I bought it the same day, and it happened to both of us. I called the healthfood store where I bought it and they said that the oil form of Magnesium converts to DHEA and will increase hormones. Do you know anything about this (like if it’s true) and what another approach might be? I’m using an oral supp now and feeling no difference. Thanks!

  67. Mel says

    After reading this article and doing a little research, I decide to follow your how to on magnesium oil. I using the transdermal supplementation. I have spraying it on every night before bed for about 4 nights now and I sleep really well. So well, that it takes an act of congress to get me out of bed. I also have been finding myself taking long naps during the day. Normally, if I take a nap during the day it will only be 1- 1 1/2 hours but since starting the supplementation, the naps are about 3 hours and I am sleeping 9-10 hours at night. Is this normal?? I feel like I am getting awesome sleep but it just seems like a little much. Anyway, what are your thoughts on this?

  68. Jessica Warden says

    I have been having heart “flutters” or palpitations for some time now. I finally ordered some Magnesium Oil and just in the few days that I’ve been using the oil my heart palpitations have significantly decreased! I’m happy and shocked and hope it continues to improve. Thank you!!!!

    • Sally says

      Can u plz tell me jessica for how long u have to use it? Life long for these palps or a month or two… Me too have these palps or flutter…all tests came out normal…no heart problem..plz guide me about this

    • Lesley Fisher says

      My husband had atrial fibrillation,he took Magnesium pills and rested more and it has almost gone.

  69. Carolina Gutierrez Restaino says

    I have been using magnesium gel for several weeks now and clearly notice a difference. Body odor is negligible, my patellar tendinitis pain has diminished, sleep has improved. My father recently had rotator cuff repair and I have been massaging it into his shoulder and it relieves his pain within minutes. The stinging that comes from the application of the gel is also greatly reduced. I did not take it when I was away for a few days and the stinging came back until I guess I was at optimal absorption. Not sure why Western medicine has not looked into this “cure” for many ailments.

  70. LeAnne says

    I have been experiencing bizarre sleep disturbances for about ten years now and recently they had become so frequent and severe they were really having an impact on my life due to loss of sleep. I would dream almost nightly that I had swallowed something in my sleep and it was still stuck in my throat. I would wake up and for several minutes be able to feel and taste the lodged object. Only after convincing myself that there was no way for me to have gotten ahold of whatever it was in my sleep could I rationalize that it was just another of my crazy dreams. Finally my mother suggested that I may be low on magnesium. I started taking supplements and immediately the dreams have almost completely stopped. It’s been about a month now and I have only had one or two dreams since I started on the supplements. My depression has improved as well. I would encourage anyone with any kind of unusual issue to give it a shot. I’ve been truly amazed by the difference it has made for me!well.

  71. Robin I. Mack says

    I would like to know if you could Please change the color Of Your Highlighted Text; for it’s Very hard for me to read. I’m 60 years old and have been a Diabetic for 31 years now. Maybe you could change it to A Forest Green??? – Something darker and easier to see, so it doesn’t give me headaches.

  72. Nassie says

    So, as much as I enjoyed all the information, I’d still like to know how to make Mag Oil, as the link I clicked on suggested I’d learn. Did I miss it or is that just a clever ruse to get someone to your site?

  73. Gina G says

    Enjoyed the article. As a reminder to everyone, magnesium helps with detoxification therefore some will experience detox symptoms like headaches, rashes, flu like symptoms temporarily. This doesn’t mean that you’re allergic to magnesium, but healing. Please research healing reaction and/or detox symptoms for additional information. It takes time for the body to heal and you’ll experience similar symptoms to the illness. The key is not to give up and drink plenty of fresh water throughout the day! :) For those with pain (fibromyalgia) consider taking MSM (organic sulphur) too. This will reduce inflammation and help cells to receive magnesium and other nutrients into the cells to do their jobs. Just some thoughts. Hope it helps.

  74. Sharon says

    Hi thanks for this interesting information my Aunt has a lot of the symptoms on your list she also has restless legs, it keeps her awake at night I think magnesium will improve thing for her, the oil will suit her best because of the problems with her gut but I can’t find the instructions in the above information as promised in the title. I’d really be grateful for your help with this. :D) Thanks.

  75. Kayla Parsley Hooper says

    hi my 4 1/2 year old has bad foot cramps and has constipation she has to take miralax daily to use the bathroom she also has bad allergies do you think this would help her and what do you recommend she has sensitive skin also thanks

  76. Crystal Henry says

    My Mom has been suffering with a lot of the symptoms above, and is in the hospital as we speak and what did they find??? ….. low magnesium!! My question is…she also has developed severe psoriasis in the past 18+ months…. could the low magnesium have anything to do with that?

  77. Jen says

    Hello, Not sure if this was addressed but you have a teensy typo- According to the WAP article it takes “28” molecules of Mg to metabolize 1 molecule of sugar- not 287! :)
    Thanks for sharing your post! Great info!

  78. Gita says

    I take combined magnesium and calcium tablets and find that they help immensely with my digestion and sleep. My GP says he simply does not undestand why magnesium is so helpful for me, I found out by coincidence. The dose I need varies substantially, though, seemingly linkled to my menstrual cycle. I am starting my menopause and it seems that this has substantially increased my magnesium deficiency. Are you familiar with these patterns?

  79. colets says

    I was curious if there are other brands of magnesium cloride flakes that are good and perhaps cheaper? Is there a way to tell if its good and potent so to speak?
    Thanks!

  80. says

    I found this because I googled: “Can magnesium make you sleepy?” I have been taking Magnesium because my doc told me to, and I am so sleepy all of the time when I’m on it. I take it at night, but I’m sleepy all day. How long does it take for the sleepiness to go away? Would the oil maybe work better for me?

  81. Julie says

    hello, I just bought the ‘Calm’ magnesium powder in the orange flavor thinking it might mix well with her watered down orange juice (that we have been adding miralax to, horrible). My almost 3 year old daughter’s doctor recommended us giving her miralax. She has had a chronic constipation problem from sitting on the ground when she potties and has become a big problem in that she doesn’t squat when she tries to poop. Anyway, it has been an on-going thing. We tried the miralax thing and it worked but she never actually would get everything out in one bm. I just recently found out about the magnesium/Calm powder does the same thing, rehydrating the colon, when at our local health foods store. My daughter doesn’t like the way the ‘calm’ powder tastes (with the flavoring). Do you know if it is sold without a flavor? Or have a suggestion on how to get our daughter to squat while trying to potty? She is going potty on her little trainer potty while going tt but not poop. She still poops/while crouching/sitting directly on the floor. It is heartbreaking. At first we thought it was withholding, but now I think it just became backed up and ended up being backed up. It has been going on since last February with her having to strain to get anything out with her sitting directly on her bottom not helping her at all. thanks in advance. Julie

  82. Mbc says

    I’ve been using the Ancient Minerals magnesium oil for about 3 weeks now. I haven’t had leg cramps since And my sleep at night has improved greatly. But I find my hands are so dry and rough since I started using the oil. I use hand lotion after applying. Also am very tired during the day despite the better night time sleep. Anyone else notice these side effects?

  83. brenda sue says

    I became deficient in calcium, vit d and magnesium yrs ago as a result of a thyroid disorder, hashimotos. My dr. Prescribed me vit d and magnesium. I take otc calcium. Thyroid medicine and magnesium must be taken at least 4 hrs apart. Mama wellness, love your forums, discussions and opinions. You’ve been a great help to me.

  84. brenda sue says

    Julie, please go buy aloe vera juice for your daughters constipation. We learned of this remedy from a pediatric gastroinogist at rileys childrens hosp in indy. Cvs and walmart have it and so do health food stores. My grandson at age 3 took up to 2oz per day, if he was bound up. Then only 3 T per day to keep him regular. We mixed it in apple juice. Hope it helps :-)

  85. Henna says

    Thank you for such an informative post. I have one question: these symptoms listed really could be coming from many different problems like candida or a thyroid issue. How do you figure out which one your problem is?

  86. Shalimar says

    Thank You for posting this! You may have literally helped save my life! I never post on these things, but this was such a dramatic help! I’ve been having severe heart problems that had worsened to the point of never having a normal heart beat 24/7. I had been praying for wisdom, and then came across this site. Come to find out, ALL of my multiple health problems of the past 20 years were listed as complications of magnesium deficiency, which I’d never heard of before! I stopped taking calcium, and started using the magnesium oil, and within 12 hours my heart beat had begun to improve. It’s now been 5 days, and my heart hasn’t had one abnormal beat, or any pain or breathing problems AT ALL today. I am SO thankful! I’ve got to stick around so I can raise my kids! Other symptoms (like insomnia) are also beginning to slowly improve… Thanks again! :) I already feel so much better!

  87. Ginger says

    I recently purchased the Ancient minerals magnesium lotion for my 12 yr old son, as well as Natural Calm. He has facial tics and have heard that increasing magnesium will be beneficial. Have you heard of this also? Is it ok to mix the Natural Calm with the Great Lakes gelatin together for him to drink at night? Just want to make sure the 2 do not counteract one another in any way.. Thanks for all of your information. I have ordered many of the items you have recommended.. :) Love your blog!!!!

  88. Nicole says

    Started taking 250mg of mag oxide daily for teeth clenching at night. I found it helped greatly but soon started to get an itchy rash mostly at night. Then I started having an irritated red inflamed throat and the roof of my mouth very sensitive. Took me quite a few months to put it together that it was the magnesium. Went off the supplement and all symptoms went away. So was it the magnesium or the brand possibly? I am trying a lower dose in a calcium magnesium supplement with vit d. Hope it is better because my teeth clenching came back now that I went off the magnesium. Also I slept like a rock while on the magnesium:)

  89. khadija says

    I have high bp and now I’ve been diagnosed with IGAN (kidney disease). But I also have many of the defiecency symtoms. Is it safe 4 me 2 use Epsom salts in my bath? Pls help, I really cannot stand being so irritable and the cramps.

  90. Jessie says

    I am currently pregnant (3 months) and taking 1000 mg of magnesium as magnesium oxide. I have taken this dose for the last 9 months or so.

    *Is this dose too high?

    You have stated your body doesn’t absorb magnesium as well internally as the other options you have mentioned.

    *If I switch to the Calm drink, Ionic liquid form , or Magnesium oil would I start at a lower dose because these forms absorb more effectively?

  91. Jessie says

    I’m a bit confused with the magnesium – calcium thing. Should I be taking a calcium or vitamin D supplement while taking magnesium?

  92. Katelyn says

    Hi there, I really appreciated your blog post.
    After reading it I became certain that I am low in magnesium.
    I ordered natural calm and have been taking it about a week now.
    unfortunately I seem to be experiencing side effects from it.
    Do you have any advice on taking it ? or possibly another form of magnesium ? I would greatly appreciate your advice!

    Thanks, Katelyn

  93. Mary Anne says

    Over the past few weeks, I have started to take the fermented cod liver oil, a probiotic, and now magesium drops. My question: when should I take all of these? I take anti-anxiety meds as well as birth control in the morning (hopefully will be able to get off all that in the coming year). Anyway – if you have any suggestions on when to take these, please advise. Don’t want to mix if that would make one or another less effective, you know? :-) Thanks!!

  94. Alene says

    Very informative article! I have been having problems with sleep (dreams) & being very tired…to the point of not wanting to get up, over sleeping, taking naps, etc. I also have hypothyroidism. Have a question tho..if I live in an area that has fluoride in the water, would you suggest drinking bottled water or distiller water? Or would drinking tap water be ok? Thank you.

  95. Dru says

    Very good article, but I was looking for “How to Make Your Own Magnesium Oil”. I have gone through the entire article and do not see anything like this except links to purchase magnesium. Am I missing something? Or is the picture at the top misleading? Thank you.

  96. Christina says

    Hi, Wondering what a safe amount of ancient minerals magnesium bath flakes is for pregnancy and for babies or toddlers?

  97. Robyn says

    Hi Katie,
    Firstly I have to say: I came across your page by accident, and I am so glad I did. What a great website!

    I read your articles, and promptly went out and bought the ingredients for oral care and skin care. That was two days ago.
    So far I have made the tooth powder, mixed my own herbal brushing blend, made some whipped butter and today I will probably make some some lotion bars.

    I am going to see if I can incorporate magnesium into the lotion bars. What do you think?

    Once again, great website and Thank you for sharing your knowledge with everyone.
    Robyn

  98. Liz says

    I was wondering why my chronic back pain problem became a non-issue. This caused me to think back over the past 2-3 weeks to find out what I was doing differently. The only thing was that I had started taking Magnesium at night as a sleep aid. I am amazed at how my arm muscles are stronger as well. I will definitely keep taking Magnesium!

  99. Cassie says

    Can I take natural calm in beginning of pregnancy? I’m only 4 weeks but I have anxiety and history of Preterm labor and incompetent cervix. Also constipation sucks! I go tomorrow for docs advice but wanted yours as well :-).

  100. Rebecca says

    What would be the difference between soaking with magnesium bath flakes vs epsom salt? I see that you use them interchangeably in some posts, and I know that one is magnesium chloride vs magnesium sulfate… but is one better than the other, or does each have it’s own purpose? I’m looking to add magnesium to the bath water, but not sure which one to get.

    Also, we are using the ionic liquid magnesium oil by Trace Minerals – rubbing it on our feet at night. Will this work or am I not supposed to use it that way?

    • says

      Magnesium chloride is better but epsom salts work too. For making Magnesium oil, it is best to stick with the magnesium chloride though. THe liquid you are using is probably fine (not sure of the ingredients,but if it can be consumed internally, it should be ok)

  101. iNeed Mag says

    Since I have 21 of the 26 issues listed, i promptly ordered myself a bottle of Magnesium Oil. it arrived yesterday and I am starting slow with 2 sprays twice a day and I’ll add another spray every day to build up to an appropriate level. if this helps, you will be my lifesaver Wellness Mama!!! Thank you for all of your information!

  102. Skellyfree says

    Hello Everyone,

    I live in the UK and have so many of the above symptoms, I am constantly at my doctor and had such terrible pre-menstrual pains and swollen, painful breasts (that have not gone away since I started my period, yesterday) that I am at my wits end.

    I went to a family celebration yesterday and my male cousin – who is very health conscious and does a lot of research into health and vitality and has known of my weight gain, constant fatigue, etc etc but not of my sudden loss of my normally very sharp memory and concentration – that he mentioned that he felt that if I started taking magnesium supplements (because doctors in the UK tend to discount it in their medical appointments), he felt I would see a vast improvement.

    Of all the combination of the above symptoms I have been experiencing, also had chronic fatigue and sever headaches, severe leg cramps, severe pains in my joints and restless legs. The constant blood tests I have been having have have revealed vitamin D deficiency and I have been prescribed a mega-boost of Vitamin D 3 months (am in the second month of the supplement dose prescribed) and very low iron, so I am on 2 x daily iron). Symptoms decreased and as I said, I have had the worst PMS and menstruation since my late teen years, so I really, really hope this supplement of magnesium works.

    I am going to try the oil, first, as you suggest and I will mention this to my nurse when I go back for more blood tests, next Tuesday, as I would love to hear their opinion).

    I need to get back to work and start feeling and looking more like my fit, slim, energetic and very mind-alert self, as the last three years has seen such an increase in weight and lack of energy that I just feel like some sort of hypochondriac and need some sort of resolution or serious improvement in my condition so I can, well get back to ME.

    So glad I found this site and I have signed up to the newsletter. I will report back once I have started using the oil, to show my progress.

    Thank you and good luck to everyone on here in starting to feel better!

  103. pone says

    Magnesium, sodium, and potassium are supposed to exist together in a specific ratio. If you take magnesium that lowers sodium, and while most people overconsume sodium, some people do not use it at all. So for those people, supplementing magnesium will cause them to get low sodium, with all kinds of really nasty side effects like high pulse. Persons with low sodium will be unable to satisfy dehydration because all the water they drink will be urinated out in order for the body to prevent further dilution of already-too-low sodium.

    Wouldn’t it be better to find a proper balance between the critical electrolytes and supplement them together?

  104. Jenn says

    Hi! I was wondering if you dissolve magnesium in a carrier oil instead of water. I haven’t found anyone doing that so I figured there must be a reason. Any idea?

  105. Heather says

    Wait… am I missing something? Wasn’t the title of this article “how to make your own Magnesium oil?”

  106. Sara P says

    I discovered a suggestion for taking Magnesium for migraines when I began suffering from them every 2-3 days (previously I have had them since age 5 on and off and usually about every 3 months as an adult). I started with Natural Calm, and do still take that sometimes to help me sleep or aid in digestion, but it did nothing for my migraines. It chelated magnesium that prevents my migraines (everyone is different, I just wanted to share what worked for me). It also helped my cousin who was suffering from Raynaud’s syndrome. I would suggest it for anyone who also has cold hands and feet – I for one never have to wear socks to bed anymore! I did see in the comments that vitamin C works against it – I have read that it helps absorption (http://www.wikihow.com/Best-Absorb-Magnesium-Supplements) – although that link is not the source I originally found the info, I cant find my original source. Plus you recommend Natural Calm which is magnesium citrate – magnesium bound to citric acid. I have taken vitamin c with my magnesium and never felt a difference. I did however notice a difference when I started taking vitamin d this winter. I started to get small headaches every afternoon. Than I ran across this article – http://www.precisionnutrition.com/stop-vitamin-d. Now I don’t have a nutrition degree and this article went a little above my head, but I stopped taking the vitamin d and the headaches stopped.
    Just wanted to share my experience with magnesium – I think it is amazing!

  107. kimberly says

    Hi there, I enjoy your articles, writing style and choice of topics, I’m wondering, though–I can’t help it–what qualifications you have to give health advice? Your articles are not footnoted so from where do you get your information, google, bing? What is your education level. I like to know from whom I might be taking advice and if that advice is sound and well-founded. Thanks you so much, keep up the good mission!

  108. Brooke says

    Several commenters have asked but I don’t see an answer. Just wondering if your aware that this article doesn’t tell you how to make your own magnesium oil, even tho it says that in the header. Maybe just remove that?

  109. Marina says

    Katie, I’ve been doing the liquid magnesium, 5 drops and the spray oil for the last couple of weeks and have noticed a significant muscle tension/Charlie horses soon after I started the mineral. I heard muscle cramps are a sign of low calcium, I take 500mg daily, so do you think I need to up my dosage to balance the magnesium intake? Or is this a sign of something else? Please reply with thoughts. Thanks!

  110. Deb says

    I have taken oral magnesium in the past and everytime, I’d either have immediate heart palpitations (a bit painful) that made me think I was having a heart attack or I would get severely dehydrated if it was oxygenated magnesium (oxycleanse). Would the chest pain be an allergy or just a detox reaction? My body is a mess right now so I’m not sure what it could be. I’m just really scared to try transdermal magnesium supplementation since it goes directly to the bloodstream.

  111. Emily says

    Hi Wellness Mama – I love your site and all the information that you post. Quick question for you on the magnesium lotion (by Ancient Minerals – ordered from Radiant Life). First off, I apologize if this has already been commented on…but, I JUST started using this lotion, and I think I may have used too much. I have a few red “hives” – very itchy, “angry” spots on my body since using the lotion. Do you know if this is common in the beginning?

    Do I need to wait until those spots go away to resume using the lotion? Or should I just do a very little amount, and work my way up?

    Also, I have seen conflicting information about how much to take…I’ve seen at least 300mg per day (I’m female/mid-thirties), then I’ve also seen multiplying your weight (in lbs) by 3 or 4 to figure out the amount of mg needed per day. What advice do you follow?

    Thanks so much!

      • Emily says

        Thanks! Can you possibly help with determining how much to take daily? Do I count my dietary sources of magnesium (spinach, pumpkin seeds, etc.) towards that daily allotment?

        I just wondered how much you recommend, as I’ve seen/read some conflicting info on some other sites.

        Thanks again!

  112. Layla says

    Hi there

    I’ve been suffering with real low mood, depression, anxiety, nervousness and real bad irritability for almost 6 months now. I’ve not been diagnosed with depression and anxiety, but I have suffered previously so I’m pretty sure of the symptoms. Either way, I felt awful, every day, consistently, not just a temporary case of the blues.
    So I went on St Johns Wort twice a day every day and it only seemed to take the edge off.
    Although it did make a difference, it wasn’t enough for me.
    So I went to the health/herbal shop and asked for some Valarium, because I couldn’t sleep. The advisor suggested I try Magnesium supplements. She said Magnesium is great for promoting natural sleep as it calms the muscles and nervous system.
    I thought I’d give it a try. I was only expecting it to help with sleep, however since I’ve been taking it (2 weeks now), I haven’t felt depressed in over a week. I just feel in a more positive mood now.
    Who knows if it’s the Magnesium but its the only supplement I’ve started taking recently.

    Here’s my background/details in case this information helps anyone. :)

    St Johns Wort – Brand – Natures Way – 0.3% which is 300mg, twice a day – been taking for 2 and a half months
    Magnesium – Brand – GO Healthy NZ – GO Magnesium 800 – 1 a day as advised on bottle – 360mg total elemental Magnesium (includes Mag aspartate, Mag amino acid chelate, Mag citrate and Mag oxide).
    I also take Vit B 100 Complex – Brand – Radiance – 1 a day but I quite regularly forget to take it :(
    I am not on any other medication, including not being on any contraceptive. I eat a gluten free, mostly Paleo diet and I also include a lot of coconut oil, chia seeds and nettle and red bush tea in my diet. Any of these could have an effect but I’m fairly sure the Magnesium is what has made the difference.

    Thanks and good luck everyone.

  113. Andy says

    hey there! my name is Andy, I live in italy and i’ve recently gone vegan.
    I practice yoga once or twice daily and i have a varied diet that consists of mostly vegetables and fruit, along with several types of nuts, coconut and olive oil, tofu and other soy products a few time a week, few whole grains, etc. It’s a pretty varied diet and as supplement I take acidophilus, digestive enzhymes and ive just ordered some VitaX Astaxanthin 12 mg after reading your inspiring article on it. I couldnt get the hawaian stuff here in Italy! I also supplement with spirulina.
    I have been reading about magnesium and im wondering what to do!
    from most articles i read it seems like i wouldn’t need any supplements for it but perhaps you could give me some precious advice? :)

  114. Daniella says

    How much is the recommended dose orally?
    I use Natural Calm and take their dosage.
    Is it possible to take too much?

    Thank you.

  115. Vera says

    I have these white spots on my face. I have had them for over two years. Some fade away. others stay and want go away. I have tried what the doctor gave me; creams and washes nothing seems to work. I have dark skin so they show up more.

  116. Laura D says

    What does a low grain diet have to do with low magnesium? I recently was told that have sensitivities to almost all grains and cut them out of my diet. After doing that my depression and anxiety increased. What is the correlation if any? My natural path says I have low magnesium. Why is this???????

  117. Molly says

    I’m not sure if you will be able to answer my question but here it goes. I started getting pain in my hands &feet ( like in my bones) and my blood test showed my magnesium was low. I was put on supplements and began to feel better for a couple weeks then I got worse. My dr kept increasing my doseage since my levels continued to drop. I’m now on 1200mg a day and my body isn’t absorbing it. The symptoms are getting worse and now I’m getting more symptoms. What can cause your body not to absorb it? I eat very healthy, I don’t drink and I’m only 31. Is there anything else I can do or take to help? I’m getting impatient with my dr trying to figure it out.

  118. Greta says

    I was suffering from chronic pain that had me bed ridden. MRI, Full body CT scan, ultra-sound, over 40 blood tests – doctors could find nothing. I couldn’t sit for more than 15 minutes, pain was so bad I was in tears. I couldn’t ride on trains, cars, or airplanes. I couldn’t do anything that required arm movement. I mostly laid in bed.

    I felt I was having muscle cramps in my back (thorasic region) and in my solar plexus. My primary care doctor disputed this, but I saw a chiropractor and PT with some improve after 6 months twice weekly. Then, by chance, I started using magnesium oil spray on the effected areas. Within a week, the muscles relaxed enough that I could again sit at work for 8 hours per day. Riding in a car is still painful at times, but much easier. I have used magnesium oil for 3 months now and am really able to manage the pain and often am pain free. I have noticed though (44 years old) that with age and hormonal imbalance that with the onset of my cycle each month, the pain worsens. Overall though, magnesium oil has vastly improved my quality of life.

  119. Winnie says

    Hi, I tried taking magnesium supplement capsules once, and became dizzy, faint and nauseous.
    I know it was from the magnesium because I tested it several times, with the same effect. I took the the recommended amount stated on the bottle.

    Do you maybe know why?

    I have been told that I am low in magnesium, but I do not dare to take magnesium supplements again because of what happens when I do.

      • Winnie says

        No, my blood pressure is normal. But I do have unstable bloodsugar levels. My bodyweight (BMI) is below (Normal).

    • lol says

      If you’re getting low bp from magnesium its because the magnesium is hanging around in the blood instead of going into the cells. It’s like diabetes of magnesium. Just as you can lack insulin to transport sugar into the cell and it builds up in the blood causing symptoms you can also not have the required “co factors ” to transport the magnesium into the cell. It will build up in the blood giving you acute hypermagnesia for a short time until your body can get it the hell out of you. You need b vitamins mainly thiamine to get the magnesium out of the blood and into the cell. You also need certain amino acids but most people are deficient in the b vitamins necessary to transport magnesium into the cell. If you can’t get it out of the blood it will build up and make you dizzy, faint, everything will slow down , etc etc. Take a complex like megafood from real food ( very high in thiamine ). Don’t take overboard supplements because you can only absorb small amounts of b vitamins so the rest will get pee’d out! The amino acid thing is probably not likely. Eat some raw saurkraut so replace the flora that will make your b vitamins, and take megafood aswell. Your comment is the exact situation I went through so I felt the urge to help you.

  120. Paulette says

    The link to the magnesium oil takes me to magnesium bath salts. Their site also lists a lotion though. Where can I find the actual oil?

  121. Rachel says

    I’m about 7 months pregnant and tweaked your deodorant recipe using magnesium oil and coconut oil and love it, so I’m getting some magnesium transdermally. If I want to try and add one of the other ways to supplement it, which would you recommend, and are there any cautions I should take?

  122. Dabs says

    Hello…

    I just read this from other site:

    “Magnesium Toxicity. Ingesting Epsom salts too frequently can lead to an overdose of magnesium sulfate. More symptoms of this condition include a drop in blood pressure, slowed heartbeat and flushed skin. Signs of an overdose include vomiting, nausea and reduced awareness of drowsiness. Very severe cases may cause coma or death.”

  123. Amy says

    I am early in my pregnancy and after reading about your good experience using magnesium supplements while pregnant, decided to try the Natural Calm. The other day though as I was searching the internet about it I found some disturbing things about it containing lead. Could you tell me more about this and whether you would be concerned? I do not think I will take it any more while pregnant. I think I’ll look for alternatives. Thanks!

  124. Alyssa says

    Has anyone had complications taking magnesium and vitamin d3 together. I bought natural calm to start taking because I have many of the symptoms but am nervous of any side effects. I have low blood pressure already. I also ordered a combination supplement of omega 3’s and vitamin d3 together as well. I called to consult my doctor and gave me the okay to take the omega 3 and vitamin d3 but knew nothing of magnesium and gave me no advice.

  125. Colleen Mitchell says

    Can you please explain in detail how you use the three forms of magnesium together – doses – timing – etc?

  126. Charlotte says

    I’ve started transdermal magnesium application and so far so good. But I was wondering if after I get rid of my deficiency through transdermal application, can I switch to oral supplements? It would just be easier for me because of the sticky residue, time it takes to absorb, tingling etc. Is it possible that my gut would be able to absorb pills after I eliminate my deficiency transdermally?

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