Top 10 Magnesium Rich Foods Plus Proven Benefits

Top 10 Magnesium Rich Foods

Magnesium-rich foods are essential for cellular health and over 300 biochemical functions in the body. Unfortunately, around 80 percent of American’s may have a magnesium deficiency, and the majority of them don’t even know it!

A study published in BMC Bioinformatics found that your body has 3,751 magnesium binding sites. This indicates that magnesium benefits are far greater than previously imagined. Because your body requires and uses magnesium for so many different functions, you can quickly become low in magnesium especially if you are not consuming enough high magnesium foods.

 

Some of the major functions that require magnesium are: 

  • Protein synthesis
  • Nerve function
  • Blood sugar control
  • Neurotransmitter release
  • Blood pressure regulation
  • Energy metabolism
  • Production of the antioxidant glutathione

Are You Getting Enough Magnesium-Rich Foods? 

Magnesium deficiency is dramatically under-diagnosed because it doesn’t show up on a blood test! Only 1 percent of the magnesium in your body is stored in your blood, and the majority of it’s stored in your bones.

Some of the main health challenges that have been linked to a magnesium deficiency include:

  • Hormone imbalance and PMS
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Heart attack
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Constipation
  • Tension or migraine headaches
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Chronic fatigue

As you can see, increasing your intake of high magnesium foods is essential to your health.


How to Increase Your Magnesium Intake

If you think you might be low in magnesium, your best way to address this issue is to start consuming foods that are high in magnesium.

Buying foods from your local farmers market and foods that are grown organically may have higher levels of magnesium. The soil from conventional farms is depleted of magnesium because they don’t rotate their crops or let the land rest. Also, they typically only put nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium back in the soil, but leave out magnesium.

Typically, the foods you’ll find that are highest in magnesium are green leafy vegetables, which are packed with chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is known as the “life blood” of a plant and has the ability to absorb the sun’s light and turn it into energy.

One major difference between human blood and chlorophyll is that human blood has iron at the center of the cell, but plants have magnesium at the center of the cell.


Top 10 Magnesium Rich Foods

Green leafy vegetables aren’t the only foods rich in magnesium and chlorophyll. Here are the top 10 foods high in magnesium that you will want to add into your diet.

(Men RDA 400 milligrams and Women RDA 310 milligrams a day)

  1. Spinach — 1 cup: 157 milligrams (40% DV)
  2. Chard — 1 cup: 154 milligrams (38% DV)
  3. Pumpkin seeds — 1/8 cup: 92 milligrams (23% DV)
  4. Yogurt or Kefir — 1 cup: 50 milligrams (13% DV)
  5. Almonds — 1 ounce: 80 milligrams (20% DV)
  6. Black Beans — ½ cup: 60 milligrams (15% DV)
  7. Avocado — 1 medium: 58 milligrams  (15% DV)
  8. Figs — ½ cup: 50 milligrams (13% DV)
  9. Dark Chocolate — 1 square: 95 milligrams (24% DV)
  10. Banana — 1 medium: 32 milligrams (8% DV)

Other foods that are also high in magnesium include: salmon, coriander, cashews, goat cheese and artichokes.

Top 10 Magnesium Foods Infographic Chart


The Most Common Causes of Magnesium Deficiency

Most common causes of magnesium deficiency include:

  • Consuming less than three servings of vegetables per day
  • Excess alcohol consumption
  • A diet high in sugar and phytic acid
  • Taking prescription medications like antibiotics and diuretics
  • Poor digestive absorption due to leaky gut

Magnesium More Crucial Than Calcium

Most of the press and research over the last 50 years has gone towards calcium supplementation. But if you look at the statistics, supplementing with magnesium is even more important.

Eating a ‘traditional diet’ or ‘primal diet’ will give you a pretty close 1:1 or 2:1 ratio of calcium to magnesium. But today most people are consuming the ‘SAD Diet’ (Standard American Diet) and we now have a 3.5:1 ratio, which causes low levels of magnesium.

Also, remember this, for you body to utilize calcium you need to have magnesium as a cofactor. So, there are millions of people taking calcium supplements without magnesium, and they have zero improvement to show for it!


Magnesium Benefits Studies and Research

There is also a large amount of medical research on the health benefits of magnesium with well over 10,000 studies. Here are five key areas where magnesium has been proven effective.

Cardiovascular Disease — A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which was done on 241,378 participants, found a diet high in magnesium could reduce the risk of a stroke by 8 percent. Another study found that increasing magnesium through diet decreased the risk of a heart attack by 38 percent.

Fibromyalgia — A study published in Magnesium Research examined how magnesium may improve outcomes for fibromyalgia. The research indicated that increasing magnesium consumption reduced pain and tenderness and also improved immune blood markers.

Type 2 Diabetes — Diets high in magnesium foods can also significantly lower the risk of type 2 diabetes because magnesium plays a role in glucose metabolism. An increase of 100 milligrams a day of magnesium was found to decrease the risk of diabetes by 15 percent in a meta-analysis of the data.

Osteoporosis — Magnesium is an essential mineral for bone formation and for the utilization in calcium. In fact, more than half of the magnesium in the human body is stored in the bones. A study published in Biology Trace Element Research found that supplementing with magnesium slowed the development of osteoporosis.

Migraine Headaches — Magnesium food deficiency has been linked to migraine headaches because of its importance in balancing neurotransmitters in the body. A study published in Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics found that taking 300 milligrams of magnesium twice a day reduced the frequency of migraine headaches.


Best Magnesium Supplements

If you think you might be more severely magnesium deficient and want to improve your levels more quickly, you may consider taking a magnesium supplement.

For supplementation, I recommended taking either magnesium chelate, magnesium citrate, magnesium glycinate or magnesium threonate.

Also, using magnesium oil is an excellent option to naturally increase magnesium levels. Putting magnesium oil topically on the skin can lead to faster levels of absorption. You can rub magnesium oil on your feet before bed and is great for improving insomnia, twitching or restless leg syndrome.

I don’t recommend magnesium oxide because it can turn into magnesium hydroxide in the body, which can damage the intestinal walls and is also poorly absorbed.

If you want to learn more about how to overcome low magnesium levels, check out this article on magnesium deficiency.

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  1. Pauline Hili says:

    Dear Dr.Axe, I was reading your information about Magnesium which I found extremely helpful. I take Magnesium Orotate 500mg daily (Chelated) which was prescribed to me by my family doctor for my muscle pains as my doctor thinks I have fibromyalgia. Am I taking enough and is it the right one please. What else can I take to help me with my daily pains which are really making me feel miserably and cannot enjoy life. Thank you for taking your time to read my email. I look forward for your reply. God bless. Pauline Hili from
    Malta

    • Hi Pauline, Magnesium orotate is not pure magnesium, it is a mixture of magnesium with orotic acid. I would talk with your physician about taking one of the forms I mentioned in this article. In addition, I would start following protocols I have mentioned in this article concerning fibromyalgia:
      https://draxe.com/natural-fibromyalgia-treatment/

    • cpmt says:

      Sugestion For pain, eat black cherries (frozen, can, juice etc). Put some turmeric powder 1/4 ts. with food that contains some fat like olive oil and black pepper, Also ginger (fresh its better) make a tea or with food, and finally raisins with gin (let dry the gin to evaporate… in a glass or bown put some golden raisins fill with gin only to cover them, let dry and evaporate the gin) eat 9 or 10 every day before breakfast (but 1 hour before taking any medication) . all of these are home remedies that work for some people.

  2. Cindy says:

    Dr. Axe,
    Over the years I have taken a Cal Mag supplement, but end up in the bathroom the next day. I’ve also tried Mag Glycinate and that seemed to work well for awhile. Not now. The same thing happens when I eat my greens so to speak. I am very Gluten Intolerant and have other sensitivities to “good” healthy foods. I have come to a point where I am at a loss and don’t know what to eat. You would think i would way 90 pounds at this rate, but am heavy. My body wants to hold on to everything just to try and nourish itself, since not much stays with me. A lot of the good protein drinks have wheatgrass which I can’t have. Please help! Thank you for all you do and all your great articles.

  3. Denise says:

    My husband has been suffering from cluster headaches for about two years, and has recently been diagnosed with Lyme disease. Not sure if the headaches came from the Lyme disease, but the neurologist he sees doesn’t seem to listen to him when he asks about magnesium, or melatonin, or oxygen therapy for relief. He has recently doubled his meds – 600 mg of Neurontin 3X a day, and it isn’t helping him at all. I just purchased Magnesium glycinate for him to try, he’s pretty desperate-and will try anything to see if it will help. My question – your article mentions NOT to take Magnesium oxide, but the guy in the vitamin shoppe (who I’m guessing has no real knowledge of magnesium) said people who suffer from migraines tend to buy Magnesium oxide. What are your thoughts on this?

    Thanks,

    • Like I said in the article, it’s not a form of magnesium that I personally recommend. Here is an article that, at the bottom, goes through the different types that I personally do recommend and why: https://draxe.com/9-signs-magnesium-deficiency/

      Also, here is a good article on natural remedies for lyme disease: https://draxe.com/lyme-disease-natural-remedies/

    • Wendy says:

      Lymes eats up sugar/fat/Mg so a person maybe low in Mg. Mg citrate 400mg helps me and in my Osteoprocare drink is more Mg and in green vegetables. I have Lymes…A L complex and minocycline and more may help like Banderol, teasel, monolaurin, pumpkin seed powder etc. The Lymes swims in my brain when I eat. No gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO may help the immune system and LDN, zinc, fish oil, Vit C and more. Serrapeptase at night may help eat up Lyme cysts. Best wishes.

  4. Debbie says:

    I have epilepsy. I have tonic clonic (grand mal) seizures during every period. I’ve heard very good things about magnesium but I’m still not sure to try.. and if I should, which magnesium to try. I’ve also heard manganese is good too… can you help me clear things up a little :)
    Thank you so much xxx

    • Hi Debbie, in this article I go over the different types of magnesium I recommend and why. Hope this helps some!
      https://draxe.com/9-signs-magnesium-deficiency/

    • Wendy says:

      HI, Gluten …wheat/barley/rye and oats have avenin which may act like gluten may cause low nutrients to be absorbed. Gluten along with dairy made seizures in me. I could not eat pizza etc. I need no gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO…vitamins/good oils, detoxing, LDN and more. Nature’s Plus- Source of life multiple, zinc, fish oil, Mg citrate, Vit C, Vit D3, HCl and enzymes with meals, dairy free probiotic, Vit B12 methylcobalamin shot/spray/under the tongue kind and MTHF, 5000mcg of biotin/coenzyme Q10 and more help me. No gluten may help nutrients absorb in intestines so cells are made right to work right. GMO corn/soy/canola oil may also hurt. GMO corn may hurt the gut lining.I eat no premade food in a box/bag/label…eat organic…drink reverse osmosis water..not tap water that has C/F. Gluten maybe hidden in nuts not in the shell/meat basting/some spices etc. Certified gluten free may have 20 ppm of gluten which may hurt. Dairy hurt my brain and made seizures and ice cream may have gluten in it also. Ice cream hurt the most and sugar swells my brain. Best wishes.

  5. valerie says:

    If milk has almost no magnesium then where does the magnesium come from in kefir? How does culturing it suddenly create magnesium into the milk?

  6. Judy says:

    I just came from my doc who says my bone scan shows osteoporosis. Wants me to start getting a Prolia shot every 6 months and up my calcium to 1500 mg a day. Nothing was said about magnesium although I take a supplement daily. i’m really not sure what to do?? Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks.

    • Wendy says:

      Osteoporosis may be due to eating gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO. No gluten (wheat/barley/rye..oats may act like gluten) may lower nutrients/minerals absorbed in intestines. I take Osteoprocare instead of dairy and take bioidenical hormones…estriol/progesterone/testosterone. LDN helps block gluten and Vit B12 methylcobalamin shot/spray/under the tongue kind…MTHF folate helps build bone cells..Osteoblasts. Nature’s plus- Source of life multiple, Vit C, zinc, fish oil 2000mg, Mg citrate, Vit D3 5000IU, dairy free probiotic, HCl and enzymes with meals and more helps my bones. Exercise..daily walk in sunlight may help and LDN may help block hidden gluten which may hurt bones/eyes/brain/body. Nuts not in a shell/spices/basting may have hidden gluten on them and gluten free food may have 20ppm of gluten in it. Raw walnuts greatly help me, but need to open shells/freeze them so they are fresh. GMO corn may hurt the gut lining. GMO corn/soy/canola oil etc may hurt people. Best wishes.

  7. Letitia says:

    What about Epsom Salt baths? I actually buy cattle salts (was told same thing just not to take it orally) and have 2-3 of them a week but my left foot always cramps when doing pilates. I am very gluten intolerant and remember getting cramps in this same foot as a child in the bath. Obviously the gluten has been affecting me since then as I remember constipation starting in early teens.

    Yesterday I bought Magnesium Oil Sport Spray (ingredients: Concentrated solution of Zechstein Magnesium Chloride Hexahydrate (28% concentration, plus essential oils). Would this be enough or should I also take another supplement? I would only be using this before and possibly after sport which includes tennis. My muscles all over my body are constantly tight including the back and neck and I’m prone to migraines.

    • I think a supplement would be beneficial.

    • Donna Bidese says:

      Letitia, If you want an excellent supplement take Reliv. I’ve taken these supplemental shakes for 21 years with much success with my Auto-Immune Disease. It’s made with soy, and when processing those soybeans your getting so many nutrients with this nutrition. Plus Lunasin is a soy peptide that they found in the bean and this amazing discovery that doctors and scientists have come to know works at an Epigenetic level. Nutritional Epigenetics is real exciting. Pubmed.gov, type in Lunasin. It’s non GMO, Gluten Free and is helping thousands of people. Many Health benefits! Take it from me, 53 years old, my life would be altogether quite different without Reliv Nutrition. They call it SuperFoods.
      I reach out daily! No need to struggle. I do take an extra magnesium pill a day with my shakes! Magnesium is so important like Dr. Axe says
      Need Magnesium with our issues!

    • Wendy says:

      Hi, Mg maybe low due to eating gluten (wheat/barley/rye..oats may act like gluten). Gluten may lower minerals absorbed if it hurts intestines. I take 400mg of Mg citrate daily in addition to Osteoprocare and eating no gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO and taking vitamins/good oils, Vit D3, Vit C, zinc, fish oil, Nature’s plus- Source of life multiple, HCl and enzymes with meals, dairy free probiotic at night (far from stomach acid), Vit B12 methylcobalamin shot/spray/under the tongue kind/MTHF folate…coenzyme Q10, rhodiola, 5000mcg of biotin and more help me. LDN may help block hidden gluten. Gluten free food may have 20ppm of gluten which may hurt. Cook by scratch may help. I need Amour thyroid since gluten made antibodies to my thyroid. I drink reverse osmosis water..not tap water with C/F and buy organic. I needed detoxing also. Best wishes.

    • cpmt says:

      I heard for cramps take yellow mustard, or pickle juice, will help. It is possible that you might have a deficiency potassium, or zinc. ( a friend of mine found out she was anemic -low in iron- and had some reactions like foot and leg cramps) may be you can try it?

  8. Rhonda says:

    Dr. Axe,
    Thank you so much for this article. I suffer from excessive twitching, and I have so much trouble with restless leg syndrome. I think you must have interviewed me and then wrote this article based on my symptoms! :) I can’t wait to start eating more Magnesium-rich foods and putting Magnesium on my feet at night. Thank you for your wisdom and for sharing this with us!

    • Wendy says:

      HI, Restless legs/carpal tunnel maybe due to low thyroid due to gluten and gluten may lower minerals absorbed like Mg that may relax legs. No gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO…vitamins/good oils, LDN, detoxing and more may help. See my above comments. Best wishes.

    • Barbara S. says:

      I second that! Dr. Axe, you are a gift to humanity. Thank you for sharing your knowledge so freely.

  9. Denny D says:

    I have been taking your Green Superfood for a couple of weeks–seems to work really well!
    I also take a liquid Magnesium Chloride that seems to work well ( I mix a 1/2 teaspoon with 8oz of RO water)
    The claim is that the ionic magnesium in solution is the size that you would get from a plant source.
    Your thoughts on that form of Mg

  10. Michele says:

    Hi Dr. Axe, what do you think about magnesium taurate? I’ve been using that form of magnesium for my autistic children & for myself. They are very sensitive & I could not go up as high in dosage as their autism doctor recommended due to it irritating their bowels (I went very slowly & he seemed good with the taurate form). Thank you.

  11. Sue Seward says:

    I was chronically ill for over 12 years with a long list of health issues including fibromyalgia pain and migraine headaches. I was bed ridden for days at a time and the pain was so severe I had to take showers every 30 minutes to get relief. I was also on thyroid medication for 32 years and also medication for depression, anxiety, panic attacks and my memory was failing in 2008 at age 55 to the point where I could no longer drive. I looked 80 years old. My Functional Medicine Doctor did blood testing in 2005 and finally discovered that I was sensitive to gluten/wheat and recommended I change my diet. It took me almost two years to finally comply after I hit rock bottom with the pain all over my body and could hardly function or think. After I started eliminating the gluten/wheat the pain subsided and I’ve been gluten/wheat free since 2008. Now at age 61 the pain is gone, my brain is more focused, I no longer have migraines or depression, and people comment that I look in my late 40’s. I’m off all prescription medications. All because I changed my diet!

    • Wendy says:

      HI, Gluten may make antibodies to the thyroid and lower nutrients absorbed. I had 1000X more energy in two weeks with no gluten and felt 20 years younger. What I do is listed in other comments. That is the short version. That is great you are healing. Most people can’t have gluten, but few figure it out. Tests may not work to diagnose Celiac. Best wishes.

    • Barbara S. says:

      Wow! Shout it from the housetop, girlfriend! You have an amazing story to tell.

  12. Nora says:

    I take Magnesium Malate. Is that a good source? What is the difference? Should I change? Thank you! I very much enjoy your site!

  13. Deena says:

    Could you tell me the best time of day to take a magnesium supplement? I’m taking 2 capsules a day of Magnesium Lactate by Standard Process.

  14. Jodie says:

    Fantastic info. What do you think of magnesium malate?

  15. Megan says:

    Dr Axe, what do you think about Jigsaw Health’s SRT magnesium? I heard it recommended on a podcast recently, and that’s what I’ve been taking. I don’t understand what type of magnesium it is, though, per your recommendations of glycinate, citrate and chelate…this one is dimagnesium malate, whatever that is…gets great reviews too. Would love your input and advice on this one. Thanks!

  16. Molly says:

    what about magnesium lactate? Good or not? Thanks

  17. Donna says:

    I was just told by my doctor that my calcium and Vit D blood levels are low and I need to take a suppliment…what would you recommend as a daily dose of magnesium ? After reading about magnesium, I think it would be wise for me to start taking it also.

  18. Jean Daulton says:

    Cannot afford supplements other than standard vitamin & minerals from supermarket or big box stores. My question is “is Magnesium (as magnesium oxide) suitable for helping energy levels, nerves, etc.? Follow your FB everyday! Thanks!

    • For energy levels, I would consider a B complex vitamin. I am coming out with my own very soon!

    • Wendy says:

      Hi, Mg oxide may not absorb. I take 400mg of Mg citrate and Nature’s plus- Source of life mutiple, Vit C, zinc, fish oil 2000mg, Vit D3 5000IU and more daily. Eating no gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO may help more nutrients absorb from food and supplements. Best wishes.

  19. Karri says:

    I take MG-ZYME from biotics research to help with constipation, I feel like I have to keep increasing my dose. Should I try a different brand? Is this something I’ll be dependent on? I have diverticulosis and IBS-C, and had my gallbladder removed in 2009. I have cut out processed foods, grains and sugar. I take prescript assist probiotics, and garden of life omega zyme ultra (just switched to these) was taking cholocol, and beta food, both from standard process. No over the counter meds, and I use essential oils (doTerra) Thanks in advance for your input.

    • Wendy says:

      HI, I eat no gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO…take vitamins/good oils, LDN, Vit C, zinc, fish oil, Vit D3, Mg citrate and Nature’s Plus- Source of life multiple…dairy free probiotic at night, HCl and enzymes with meals, Vit B12 methylcobalamin shot/spray/under the tongue kind/MTHF folate and more. LDN helps block hidden gluten. I had to stop all premade food in a box/bag/label. LDN is awesome help . Gluten may make antibodies to the thyroid…..Amour thyroid may help constipation. Raw walnuts (open shells to avoid hidden gluten and freeze them) and then drink lemon juice in water which may squirt out bile and then cause a bowel movement. Chia on rice helps my constipation or drinking more water/more exercise/more fiber etc. Osteoprocare helps me instead of dairy. Best wishes.

    • cpmt says:

      I also have IBS until I found out I have lactose intolerance. maybe you should check that or gluten intolerance.

  20. dusty says:

    Hey doc, thank you for this TIMELY article–if you know what I mean. :) However you make no mention of Magnesium Aspartate in either article referenced above. I just bought a bottle of Blue Bonnet Mag. Asperatate. Should I take it back and get one of the other forms you mention?

    Thanks!

  21. Lesa says:

    In addition to tension and migraine headaches, low magnesium may contribute to another type of headache that you didn’t mention.

    I experience short, very painful headaches periodically. They only last a minute or so and are generally in the front part of my head. They aren’t what I’ve seen described as “ice pick” headaches but that is the closest description that I’ve come across.

    They were becoming much more frequent — on the order to a dozen times a day — when I started taking Magnesium supplements for a different reason. My headaches went away.

    Now, I only get the headaches when I forget to take my supplement.

  22. Barb friesen says:

    I have osteoporosis and I tike I pil a week and I red this article I tink this will help mi more than 1 pil a week thank you for posting this article .

  23. mildred says:

    I have been diagnose with kicuchi fugimoto on dec, 2013, also have hypothyroid. and since I’ve been feeling the symptoms, i feel lots of pressure on my neck, lots and lots of pressure. thepain its like a never end for me.. every day a new symptom. pain every where. I have been having problem with my stomach and my doctor prescribe nexium. i was feeling ok with my stomach but now i have other symptoms that a re driving crazy.. dizziness, headache, pain in one of my arms and also chest pain, vision and a whole lot of feelings on my body, shaking, nervous, anxiety and much more.. please help

  24. Niki says:

    I was prescribed magnesium oxide to keep me regular. After reading your article I am worried. How much should I be taking or not at all?

  25. Patti says:

    I have had insomnia for years. I used to take Benadryl to knock myself out so I could get a few hours of sleep. After I experienced pain in my right hip and saw a doctor who prescribed an anti inflamitory I asked about RX sleep aids. I tried Lunesta and it didn’t work. He gave me Ambien and I took it for almost two years. It wasn’t really working either. But if I didn’t take it I would lie in bed in a panicked state till I got up to take it. The fear of not sleeping was keeping me from sleeping.
    I decided I needed to kick Ambien to the curb. I cut back to half and started diffuse Cedarwood oil next to my bed. Still very sleepless, my dreams were vivid and crazy, not scary. After two weeks I quit Ambien and rubbed lavender and Cedarwood oil on the bottoms of my feet. I started a probiotic since I had yeast symptoms and after reading this article yesterday stopped at the store and picked up magnesium oil.
    Last night I used the magnesium oil, lavender and Cedarwood on the bottoms of my feet diffused lavedar oil and took Somnapure for the 4th night in a row. I slept and woke only a few times. My sleep was deep and satisfying. My dreams not so crazy but still I dreamed.
    I think we are on to something that works.! Thank you for freely sharing your knowledge. This is helpful in a time where “doctors” just write you an RX FOR ANOTHER EXPENSIVE, ADDICTING DRUG WITH SUDE EFFECT TO MAKE MONEY FOR THE BIG PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES.

  26. Mary Ann Kirby,R.N. says:

    Dr. Axe,
    Thanks so much for your informative site. Folks are right. You are a true Healer!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are educating people without high Doctor consult fees which so many cannot afford.

    After many years as active R.N. who is holistic background-i still learned several things. I have been recommending topical Mag gel from Bioinnovations to many people, who have been helped. This builds on that, and helps them understand WHY more fully.
    Every Blessing to You,
    Mary Ann

  27. jasmine says:

    I have upper 90s heart rate & state1 hypertension. At first, I took magnesium citrate 250mg 1x, it helps a little. Then I took 250mg 2x, 1 bed time, 1 morning. I also take beta blocker metoprolol in the morning. For a few months, heart rate & blood pressure were perfect. Then this month, I have palpatation (skip beat). All heart tests came back normal, some one suggests magn. might interact with beta blocker. I stopped all magn and within 2 days, skipped beats are gone 99%. Even my cardiologist said that they prescribe magn n potassium to treat skipped beats. Since I stopped magn, my blood pressure went back up. What is your take on this?

  28. Rhoda Edwards says:

    After reading the article I think I am deficient so I am going to top up on my greens and a supplement as well. Great info. Thank you doctor. Have a wonderful thanksgiving evening.

  29. Wendy says:

    Hi, I take Osteoprocare (has Ca/Mg and other cofactors), valerian before bed and 400mg of Mg citrate in the day. I eat no gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO…take vitamins/good oils, LDN, Vit C, zinc, fish oil, Mg citrate, Vit D3….HCl and enzymes with meals, dairy free probiotic at night, Vit B12 methylcobalamin shot/spray/under the tongue kind, MTHF folate, Nature’s plus- Source of life multiple, Amour thyroid, bioidentical hormones and more. Low oxygen in my brain due to sugar swelling my brain or gluten/dairy/soy/GMO hurting me causes me low sleep. Sleeping pills may not help sleep, but may hurt day time driving a car etc. Rebuilding cells so they burn more oxygen with Celiac diet and supplements helps my sleep. Vit B12 shot greatly helped my sleep. Best wishes.

  30. Sue S says:

    I am thankful today for all you do to support the health of so many of us. You are appreciated.

  31. Robin says:

    Another cause of magnesium deficiency is Lyme disease. The bacteria use it up for their reproductive needs. Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, autism, MS, ALS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and many other health conditions.

  32. cpmt says:

    I need help with my too fat liver I don’t know what to eat or not to eat to reduce the fat in my liver. I will apreciate any idea or advise. Thank you Doctor Axe

  33. Carole says:

    I have had diarrhea for 6 years.
    All Medical Drs tell me not to take magnesium.
    All the alternative medicine people (nutritionists, functional medicine Drs. And you, dr. Axe,) say we need it.
    Very confusing!
    What , or who should I follow?

  34. Janet says:

    I have had constipation, low energy, and frequent headaches in the past few years. I just purchased a triple complex magnesium, with citrate, oxide, and aspartate. Do you think this will help? Should be receiving in a couple of weeks. It was on backorder.

  35. Angie says:

    My 4 yr old son has multiple food allergies & is a very picky eater so I can only assume he is low on Magnesium. What would be your recommendation for a supplement for children? I am giving him about a half cup of homemade bone broth daily to try to heal his gutt as well as vitamin D, vitamin C and probiotics. Thank you!!

  36. Marie Hawkins says:

    I have polymyalgia rhuematica taking 5mg prednisone. Diabetes II take 500mg Metformin Highblood pressure taking Diovan 320mg Clonodine 01mg Amlodipine 5mg Protonix 40mg 75y lady 204lbs need help. Will your whey powder help me loose weight. How much magnesium do I need. HELP!!!

    • Karen Andersen says:

      Marie, I also have Polymyalgia Rhuematica and I have been weaned down off Prednisone from 30mg a day to 8mg in 6 months. I have gained some weight too. That is normal when taking this poisonous medication. Seven months ago, I was lifting weights, riding my bike and generally a very fit person. PMR changed that significantly. If you can, walk a lot. If you can, workout every day. Do anything you can as this helps the PMR immensely. It does hurt when you begin, but relief comes almost instantly when you are done with physical exercise. Another thing that helps is a hot bath and stretching after working out. I recently went off of wheat as I have done a lot of reading about diet and arthritis. This has helped a great deal with the pain. I also lost about 5 lbs of fluid around my tummy area after 3 days of being off wheat. Good luck!

  37. P four says:

    Help! Don’t trust my gps here they haven’t a clue!
    Not really mg related but my daughters food intolerance test came back 37 foods she is sensitive to – …#3 all gluten wheat rye barley spelt oats etc, then #4 chickpeas pistachios, kefir cooked cows milk. My question is does organic yogurt have the same affect as the kefir, as you mention kefir/yoghurt together? We have been eating organic yoghurt for the probiotics.
    I am really concerned she has leaky gutt, maybe celiac do you think she could have? I understand the brain gutt connection and she is ver distracted unfocused in school, always fiddling about, falls over allot and knocks things about, accident prone etc.
    How do I test for these celiac and leaky gutt.
    Reallyappreciate your advice dr. Axe pls help.
    Concerned mama.

  38. AUDREY DODSON WORLD PEACE says:

    If I don’t take a Calcium w/ Magnesium before I go to bed, I’m likely to have leg cramps.

  39. Joanna Coxe says:

    I was diagnosed with polycythemia vera 5 years ago. I take a baby aspirin daily and so far that is it. I occasionally have to get a blood draw. My spleen is enlarged and I itch sometimes and lack energy. I have wondered about magnesium in my diet. Do you think it is safe for me to take a magnesium supplement? Would you have any other recommendations for me? I am 51 and plan on living my life to the fullest.

    Thank you

  40. Michael Morningstar says:

    Dr. Axe
    Thanks for the great information and resources to help us maintain our health.

    Michael Morningstar
    The Great NEWS Coach
    Nutrition Emotions Wellness Success

  41. Jane R says:

    How do you know if you are deficient in magnesium if it cannot be seen in a blood test?

  42. Tiffany says:

    How can you repair any damage done to the intestines by magnesium oxide? I had been taking it for months in higher doses (always in combination with either chelate or citrate) for a deficiency and I noticed severe intestinal cramping beginning and now, even though I don’t take those anymore, my tummy is sensitive. Thanks for your help.

  43. Barry Donaldson says:

    I do not have any energy.I have1) severe type2 diabetes2)recent stroke 3) grovers disease 4) neuropathy in both balls of the feet. Iam retired but not doing so well health wise. I would really appreciate your input. Thanking you for your input . Kind regards Barry ( from down under )

  44. Joan Penfold says:

    I have hemochromatosis what foods are high in iron that I have to remove from my diet
    when first found my levels were 755 ,over the last several months I have had bloods removed on a regular basis I love to walk but find it hard at times as my bones ache. Any suggestions

    Thanks Joan

  45. Lisa says:

    Where can I go to find out how many mg’s of Magnesium both my husband and I should be taking daily based on specific parameters such as age, weight, body type, etc.?
    Thanks for your help!

  46. Linda says:

    Love all of your information but when trying to print out an article or a recipe there are huge gaps of missing information which can be rather important, especially for a recipe. Am I doing something wrong or is there a problem at your end?

    Thanks!

  47. katie says:

    I was wondering what about liquid magnesium. Is that less effective than supplements?

  48. jackie theriault says:

    i like all natural food especial yr Dr Axe t.u.

  49. Penny says:

    Where can I find the magnesium oil at?

  1. Pauline Hili says:

    Dear Dr.Axe, I was reading your information about Magnesium which I found extremely helpful. I take Magnesium Orotate 500mg daily (Chelated) which was prescribed to me by my family doctor for my muscle pains as my doctor thinks I have fibromyalgia. Am I taking enough and is it the right one please. What else can I take to help me with my daily pains which are really making me feel miserably and cannot enjoy life. Thank you for taking your time to read my email. I look forward for your reply. God bless. Pauline Hili from
    Malta

    • Hi Pauline, Magnesium orotate is not pure magnesium, it is a mixture of magnesium with orotic acid. I would talk with your physician about taking one of the forms I mentioned in this article. In addition, I would start following protocols I have mentioned in this article concerning fibromyalgia:
      https://draxe.com/natural-fibromyalgia-treatment/

    • cpmt says:

      Sugestion For pain, eat black cherries (frozen, can, juice etc). Put some turmeric powder 1/4 ts. with food that contains some fat like olive oil and black pepper, Also ginger (fresh its better) make a tea or with food, and finally raisins with gin (let dry the gin to evaporate… in a glass or bown put some golden raisins fill with gin only to cover them, let dry and evaporate the gin) eat 9 or 10 every day before breakfast (but 1 hour before taking any medication) . all of these are home remedies that work for some people.

  2. Cindy says:

    Dr. Axe,
    Over the years I have taken a Cal Mag supplement, but end up in the bathroom the next day. I’ve also tried Mag Glycinate and that seemed to work well for awhile. Not now. The same thing happens when I eat my greens so to speak. I am very Gluten Intolerant and have other sensitivities to “good” healthy foods. I have come to a point where I am at a loss and don’t know what to eat. You would think i would way 90 pounds at this rate, but am heavy. My body wants to hold on to everything just to try and nourish itself, since not much stays with me. A lot of the good protein drinks have wheatgrass which I can’t have. Please help! Thank you for all you do and all your great articles.

  3. Denise says:

    My husband has been suffering from cluster headaches for about two years, and has recently been diagnosed with Lyme disease. Not sure if the headaches came from the Lyme disease, but the neurologist he sees doesn’t seem to listen to him when he asks about magnesium, or melatonin, or oxygen therapy for relief. He has recently doubled his meds – 600 mg of Neurontin 3X a day, and it isn’t helping him at all. I just purchased Magnesium glycinate for him to try, he’s pretty desperate-and will try anything to see if it will help. My question – your article mentions NOT to take Magnesium oxide, but the guy in the vitamin shoppe (who I’m guessing has no real knowledge of magnesium) said people who suffer from migraines tend to buy Magnesium oxide. What are your thoughts on this?

    Thanks,

    • Like I said in the article, it’s not a form of magnesium that I personally recommend. Here is an article that, at the bottom, goes through the different types that I personally do recommend and why: https://draxe.com/9-signs-magnesium-deficiency/

      Also, here is a good article on natural remedies for lyme disease: https://draxe.com/lyme-disease-natural-remedies/

    • Wendy says:

      Lymes eats up sugar/fat/Mg so a person maybe low in Mg. Mg citrate 400mg helps me and in my Osteoprocare drink is more Mg and in green vegetables. I have Lymes…A L complex and minocycline and more may help like Banderol, teasel, monolaurin, pumpkin seed powder etc. The Lymes swims in my brain when I eat. No gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO may help the immune system and LDN, zinc, fish oil, Vit C and more. Serrapeptase at night may help eat up Lyme cysts. Best wishes.

  4. Debbie says:

    I have epilepsy. I have tonic clonic (grand mal) seizures during every period. I’ve heard very good things about magnesium but I’m still not sure to try.. and if I should, which magnesium to try. I’ve also heard manganese is good too… can you help me clear things up a little :)
    Thank you so much xxx

    • Hi Debbie, in this article I go over the different types of magnesium I recommend and why. Hope this helps some!
      https://draxe.com/9-signs-magnesium-deficiency/

    • Wendy says:

      HI, Gluten …wheat/barley/rye and oats have avenin which may act like gluten may cause low nutrients to be absorbed. Gluten along with dairy made seizures in me. I could not eat pizza etc. I need no gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO…vitamins/good oils, detoxing, LDN and more. Nature’s Plus- Source of life multiple, zinc, fish oil, Mg citrate, Vit C, Vit D3, HCl and enzymes with meals, dairy free probiotic, Vit B12 methylcobalamin shot/spray/under the tongue kind and MTHF, 5000mcg of biotin/coenzyme Q10 and more help me. No gluten may help nutrients absorb in intestines so cells are made right to work right. GMO corn/soy/canola oil may also hurt. GMO corn may hurt the gut lining.I eat no premade food in a box/bag/label…eat organic…drink reverse osmosis water..not tap water that has C/F. Gluten maybe hidden in nuts not in the shell/meat basting/some spices etc. Certified gluten free may have 20 ppm of gluten which may hurt. Dairy hurt my brain and made seizures and ice cream may have gluten in it also. Ice cream hurt the most and sugar swells my brain. Best wishes.

  5. valerie says:

    If milk has almost no magnesium then where does the magnesium come from in kefir? How does culturing it suddenly create magnesium into the milk?

  6. Judy says:

    I just came from my doc who says my bone scan shows osteoporosis. Wants me to start getting a Prolia shot every 6 months and up my calcium to 1500 mg a day. Nothing was said about magnesium although I take a supplement daily. i’m really not sure what to do?? Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks.

    • Wendy says:

      Osteoporosis may be due to eating gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO. No gluten (wheat/barley/rye..oats may act like gluten) may lower nutrients/minerals absorbed in intestines. I take Osteoprocare instead of dairy and take bioidenical hormones…estriol/progesterone/testosterone. LDN helps block gluten and Vit B12 methylcobalamin shot/spray/under the tongue kind…MTHF folate helps build bone cells..Osteoblasts. Nature’s plus- Source of life multiple, Vit C, zinc, fish oil 2000mg, Mg citrate, Vit D3 5000IU, dairy free probiotic, HCl and enzymes with meals and more helps my bones. Exercise..daily walk in sunlight may help and LDN may help block hidden gluten which may hurt bones/eyes/brain/body. Nuts not in a shell/spices/basting may have hidden gluten on them and gluten free food may have 20ppm of gluten in it. Raw walnuts greatly help me, but need to open shells/freeze them so they are fresh. GMO corn may hurt the gut lining. GMO corn/soy/canola oil etc may hurt people. Best wishes.

  7. Letitia says:

    What about Epsom Salt baths? I actually buy cattle salts (was told same thing just not to take it orally) and have 2-3 of them a week but my left foot always cramps when doing pilates. I am very gluten intolerant and remember getting cramps in this same foot as a child in the bath. Obviously the gluten has been affecting me since then as I remember constipation starting in early teens.

    Yesterday I bought Magnesium Oil Sport Spray (ingredients: Concentrated solution of Zechstein Magnesium Chloride Hexahydrate (28% concentration, plus essential oils). Would this be enough or should I also take another supplement? I would only be using this before and possibly after sport which includes tennis. My muscles all over my body are constantly tight including the back and neck and I’m prone to migraines.

    • I think a supplement would be beneficial.

    • Donna Bidese says:

      Letitia, If you want an excellent supplement take Reliv. I’ve taken these supplemental shakes for 21 years with much success with my Auto-Immune Disease. It’s made with soy, and when processing those soybeans your getting so many nutrients with this nutrition. Plus Lunasin is a soy peptide that they found in the bean and this amazing discovery that doctors and scientists have come to know works at an Epigenetic level. Nutritional Epigenetics is real exciting. Pubmed.gov, type in Lunasin. It’s non GMO, Gluten Free and is helping thousands of people. Many Health benefits! Take it from me, 53 years old, my life would be altogether quite different without Reliv Nutrition. They call it SuperFoods.
      I reach out daily! No need to struggle. I do take an extra magnesium pill a day with my shakes! Magnesium is so important like Dr. Axe says
      Need Magnesium with our issues!

    • Wendy says:

      Hi, Mg maybe low due to eating gluten (wheat/barley/rye..oats may act like gluten). Gluten may lower minerals absorbed if it hurts intestines. I take 400mg of Mg citrate daily in addition to Osteoprocare and eating no gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO and taking vitamins/good oils, Vit D3, Vit C, zinc, fish oil, Nature’s plus- Source of life multiple, HCl and enzymes with meals, dairy free probiotic at night (far from stomach acid), Vit B12 methylcobalamin shot/spray/under the tongue kind/MTHF folate…coenzyme Q10, rhodiola, 5000mcg of biotin and more help me. LDN may help block hidden gluten. Gluten free food may have 20ppm of gluten which may hurt. Cook by scratch may help. I need Amour thyroid since gluten made antibodies to my thyroid. I drink reverse osmosis water..not tap water with C/F and buy organic. I needed detoxing also. Best wishes.

    • cpmt says:

      I heard for cramps take yellow mustard, or pickle juice, will help. It is possible that you might have a deficiency potassium, or zinc. ( a friend of mine found out she was anemic -low in iron- and had some reactions like foot and leg cramps) may be you can try it?

  8. Rhonda says:

    Dr. Axe,
    Thank you so much for this article. I suffer from excessive twitching, and I have so much trouble with restless leg syndrome. I think you must have interviewed me and then wrote this article based on my symptoms! :) I can’t wait to start eating more Magnesium-rich foods and putting Magnesium on my feet at night. Thank you for your wisdom and for sharing this with us!

    • Wendy says:

      HI, Restless legs/carpal tunnel maybe due to low thyroid due to gluten and gluten may lower minerals absorbed like Mg that may relax legs. No gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO…vitamins/good oils, LDN, detoxing and more may help. See my above comments. Best wishes.

    • Barbara S. says:

      I second that! Dr. Axe, you are a gift to humanity. Thank you for sharing your knowledge so freely.

  9. Denny D says:

    I have been taking your Green Superfood for a couple of weeks–seems to work really well!
    I also take a liquid Magnesium Chloride that seems to work well ( I mix a 1/2 teaspoon with 8oz of RO water)
    The claim is that the ionic magnesium in solution is the size that you would get from a plant source.
    Your thoughts on that form of Mg

  10. Michele says:

    Hi Dr. Axe, what do you think about magnesium taurate? I’ve been using that form of magnesium for my autistic children & for myself. They are very sensitive & I could not go up as high in dosage as their autism doctor recommended due to it irritating their bowels (I went very slowly & he seemed good with the taurate form). Thank you.

  11. Sue Seward says:

    I was chronically ill for over 12 years with a long list of health issues including fibromyalgia pain and migraine headaches. I was bed ridden for days at a time and the pain was so severe I had to take showers every 30 minutes to get relief. I was also on thyroid medication for 32 years and also medication for depression, anxiety, panic attacks and my memory was failing in 2008 at age 55 to the point where I could no longer drive. I looked 80 years old. My Functional Medicine Doctor did blood testing in 2005 and finally discovered that I was sensitive to gluten/wheat and recommended I change my diet. It took me almost two years to finally comply after I hit rock bottom with the pain all over my body and could hardly function or think. After I started eliminating the gluten/wheat the pain subsided and I’ve been gluten/wheat free since 2008. Now at age 61 the pain is gone, my brain is more focused, I no longer have migraines or depression, and people comment that I look in my late 40’s. I’m off all prescription medications. All because I changed my diet!

    • Wendy says:

      HI, Gluten may make antibodies to the thyroid and lower nutrients absorbed. I had 1000X more energy in two weeks with no gluten and felt 20 years younger. What I do is listed in other comments. That is the short version. That is great you are healing. Most people can’t have gluten, but few figure it out. Tests may not work to diagnose Celiac. Best wishes.

    • Barbara S. says:

      Wow! Shout it from the housetop, girlfriend! You have an amazing story to tell.

  12. Nora says:

    I take Magnesium Malate. Is that a good source? What is the difference? Should I change? Thank you! I very much enjoy your site!

  13. Deena says:

    Could you tell me the best time of day to take a magnesium supplement? I’m taking 2 capsules a day of Magnesium Lactate by Standard Process.

  14. Jodie says:

    Fantastic info. What do you think of magnesium malate?

  15. Megan says:

    Dr Axe, what do you think about Jigsaw Health’s SRT magnesium? I heard it recommended on a podcast recently, and that’s what I’ve been taking. I don’t understand what type of magnesium it is, though, per your recommendations of glycinate, citrate and chelate…this one is dimagnesium malate, whatever that is…gets great reviews too. Would love your input and advice on this one. Thanks!

  16. Molly says:

    what about magnesium lactate? Good or not? Thanks

  17. Donna says:

    I was just told by my doctor that my calcium and Vit D blood levels are low and I need to take a suppliment…what would you recommend as a daily dose of magnesium ? After reading about magnesium, I think it would be wise for me to start taking it also.

  18. Jean Daulton says:

    Cannot afford supplements other than standard vitamin & minerals from supermarket or big box stores. My question is “is Magnesium (as magnesium oxide) suitable for helping energy levels, nerves, etc.? Follow your FB everyday! Thanks!

    • For energy levels, I would consider a B complex vitamin. I am coming out with my own very soon!

    • Wendy says:

      Hi, Mg oxide may not absorb. I take 400mg of Mg citrate and Nature’s plus- Source of life mutiple, Vit C, zinc, fish oil 2000mg, Vit D3 5000IU and more daily. Eating no gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO may help more nutrients absorb from food and supplements. Best wishes.

  19. Karri says:

    I take MG-ZYME from biotics research to help with constipation, I feel like I have to keep increasing my dose. Should I try a different brand? Is this something I’ll be dependent on? I have diverticulosis and IBS-C, and had my gallbladder removed in 2009. I have cut out processed foods, grains and sugar. I take prescript assist probiotics, and garden of life omega zyme ultra (just switched to these) was taking cholocol, and beta food, both from standard process. No over the counter meds, and I use essential oils (doTerra) Thanks in advance for your input.

    • Wendy says:

      HI, I eat no gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO…take vitamins/good oils, LDN, Vit C, zinc, fish oil, Vit D3, Mg citrate and Nature’s Plus- Source of life multiple…dairy free probiotic at night, HCl and enzymes with meals, Vit B12 methylcobalamin shot/spray/under the tongue kind/MTHF folate and more. LDN helps block hidden gluten. I had to stop all premade food in a box/bag/label. LDN is awesome help . Gluten may make antibodies to the thyroid…..Amour thyroid may help constipation. Raw walnuts (open shells to avoid hidden gluten and freeze them) and then drink lemon juice in water which may squirt out bile and then cause a bowel movement. Chia on rice helps my constipation or drinking more water/more exercise/more fiber etc. Osteoprocare helps me instead of dairy. Best wishes.

    • cpmt says:

      I also have IBS until I found out I have lactose intolerance. maybe you should check that or gluten intolerance.

  20. dusty says:

    Hey doc, thank you for this TIMELY article–if you know what I mean. :) However you make no mention of Magnesium Aspartate in either article referenced above. I just bought a bottle of Blue Bonnet Mag. Asperatate. Should I take it back and get one of the other forms you mention?

    Thanks!

  21. Lesa says:

    In addition to tension and migraine headaches, low magnesium may contribute to another type of headache that you didn’t mention.

    I experience short, very painful headaches periodically. They only last a minute or so and are generally in the front part of my head. They aren’t what I’ve seen described as “ice pick” headaches but that is the closest description that I’ve come across.

    They were becoming much more frequent — on the order to a dozen times a day — when I started taking Magnesium supplements for a different reason. My headaches went away.

    Now, I only get the headaches when I forget to take my supplement.

  22. Barb friesen says:

    I have osteoporosis and I tike I pil a week and I red this article I tink this will help mi more than 1 pil a week thank you for posting this article .

  23. mildred says:

    I have been diagnose with kicuchi fugimoto on dec, 2013, also have hypothyroid. and since I’ve been feeling the symptoms, i feel lots of pressure on my neck, lots and lots of pressure. thepain its like a never end for me.. every day a new symptom. pain every where. I have been having problem with my stomach and my doctor prescribe nexium. i was feeling ok with my stomach but now i have other symptoms that a re driving crazy.. dizziness, headache, pain in one of my arms and also chest pain, vision and a whole lot of feelings on my body, shaking, nervous, anxiety and much more.. please help

  24. Niki says:

    I was prescribed magnesium oxide to keep me regular. After reading your article I am worried. How much should I be taking or not at all?

  25. Patti says:

    I have had insomnia for years. I used to take Benadryl to knock myself out so I could get a few hours of sleep. After I experienced pain in my right hip and saw a doctor who prescribed an anti inflamitory I asked about RX sleep aids. I tried Lunesta and it didn’t work. He gave me Ambien and I took it for almost two years. It wasn’t really working either. But if I didn’t take it I would lie in bed in a panicked state till I got up to take it. The fear of not sleeping was keeping me from sleeping.
    I decided I needed to kick Ambien to the curb. I cut back to half and started diffuse Cedarwood oil next to my bed. Still very sleepless, my dreams were vivid and crazy, not scary. After two weeks I quit Ambien and rubbed lavender and Cedarwood oil on the bottoms of my feet. I started a probiotic since I had yeast symptoms and after reading this article yesterday stopped at the store and picked up magnesium oil.
    Last night I used the magnesium oil, lavender and Cedarwood on the bottoms of my feet diffused lavedar oil and took Somnapure for the 4th night in a row. I slept and woke only a few times. My sleep was deep and satisfying. My dreams not so crazy but still I dreamed.
    I think we are on to something that works.! Thank you for freely sharing your knowledge. This is helpful in a time where “doctors” just write you an RX FOR ANOTHER EXPENSIVE, ADDICTING DRUG WITH SUDE EFFECT TO MAKE MONEY FOR THE BIG PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES.

  26. Mary Ann Kirby,R.N. says:

    Dr. Axe,
    Thanks so much for your informative site. Folks are right. You are a true Healer!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are educating people without high Doctor consult fees which so many cannot afford.

    After many years as active R.N. who is holistic background-i still learned several things. I have been recommending topical Mag gel from Bioinnovations to many people, who have been helped. This builds on that, and helps them understand WHY more fully.
    Every Blessing to You,
    Mary Ann

  27. jasmine says:

    I have upper 90s heart rate & state1 hypertension. At first, I took magnesium citrate 250mg 1x, it helps a little. Then I took 250mg 2x, 1 bed time, 1 morning. I also take beta blocker metoprolol in the morning. For a few months, heart rate & blood pressure were perfect. Then this month, I have palpatation (skip beat). All heart tests came back normal, some one suggests magn. might interact with beta blocker. I stopped all magn and within 2 days, skipped beats are gone 99%. Even my cardiologist said that they prescribe magn n potassium to treat skipped beats. Since I stopped magn, my blood pressure went back up. What is your take on this?

  28. Rhoda Edwards says:

    After reading the article I think I am deficient so I am going to top up on my greens and a supplement as well. Great info. Thank you doctor. Have a wonderful thanksgiving evening.

  29. Wendy says:

    Hi, I take Osteoprocare (has Ca/Mg and other cofactors), valerian before bed and 400mg of Mg citrate in the day. I eat no gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO…take vitamins/good oils, LDN, Vit C, zinc, fish oil, Mg citrate, Vit D3….HCl and enzymes with meals, dairy free probiotic at night, Vit B12 methylcobalamin shot/spray/under the tongue kind, MTHF folate, Nature’s plus- Source of life multiple, Amour thyroid, bioidentical hormones and more. Low oxygen in my brain due to sugar swelling my brain or gluten/dairy/soy/GMO hurting me causes me low sleep. Sleeping pills may not help sleep, but may hurt day time driving a car etc. Rebuilding cells so they burn more oxygen with Celiac diet and supplements helps my sleep. Vit B12 shot greatly helped my sleep. Best wishes.

  30. Sue S says:

    I am thankful today for all you do to support the health of so many of us. You are appreciated.

  31. Robin says:

    Another cause of magnesium deficiency is Lyme disease. The bacteria use it up for their reproductive needs. Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, autism, MS, ALS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and many other health conditions.

  32. cpmt says:

    I need help with my too fat liver I don’t know what to eat or not to eat to reduce the fat in my liver. I will apreciate any idea or advise. Thank you Doctor Axe

  33. Carole says:

    I have had diarrhea for 6 years.
    All Medical Drs tell me not to take magnesium.
    All the alternative medicine people (nutritionists, functional medicine Drs. And you, dr. Axe,) say we need it.
    Very confusing!
    What , or who should I follow?

  34. Janet says:

    I have had constipation, low energy, and frequent headaches in the past few years. I just purchased a triple complex magnesium, with citrate, oxide, and aspartate. Do you think this will help? Should be receiving in a couple of weeks. It was on backorder.

  35. Angie says:

    My 4 yr old son has multiple food allergies & is a very picky eater so I can only assume he is low on Magnesium. What would be your recommendation for a supplement for children? I am giving him about a half cup of homemade bone broth daily to try to heal his gutt as well as vitamin D, vitamin C and probiotics. Thank you!!

  36. Marie Hawkins says:

    I have polymyalgia rhuematica taking 5mg prednisone. Diabetes II take 500mg Metformin Highblood pressure taking Diovan 320mg Clonodine 01mg Amlodipine 5mg Protonix 40mg 75y lady 204lbs need help. Will your whey powder help me loose weight. How much magnesium do I need. HELP!!!

    • Karen Andersen says:

      Marie, I also have Polymyalgia Rhuematica and I have been weaned down off Prednisone from 30mg a day to 8mg in 6 months. I have gained some weight too. That is normal when taking this poisonous medication. Seven months ago, I was lifting weights, riding my bike and generally a very fit person. PMR changed that significantly. If you can, walk a lot. If you can, workout every day. Do anything you can as this helps the PMR immensely. It does hurt when you begin, but relief comes almost instantly when you are done with physical exercise. Another thing that helps is a hot bath and stretching after working out. I recently went off of wheat as I have done a lot of reading about diet and arthritis. This has helped a great deal with the pain. I also lost about 5 lbs of fluid around my tummy area after 3 days of being off wheat. Good luck!

  37. P four says:

    Help! Don’t trust my gps here they haven’t a clue!
    Not really mg related but my daughters food intolerance test came back 37 foods she is sensitive to – …#3 all gluten wheat rye barley spelt oats etc, then #4 chickpeas pistachios, kefir cooked cows milk. My question is does organic yogurt have the same affect as the kefir, as you mention kefir/yoghurt together? We have been eating organic yoghurt for the probiotics.
    I am really concerned she has leaky gutt, maybe celiac do you think she could have? I understand the brain gutt connection and she is ver distracted unfocused in school, always fiddling about, falls over allot and knocks things about, accident prone etc.
    How do I test for these celiac and leaky gutt.
    Reallyappreciate your advice dr. Axe pls help.
    Concerned mama.

  38. AUDREY DODSON WORLD PEACE says:

    If I don’t take a Calcium w/ Magnesium before I go to bed, I’m likely to have leg cramps.

  39. Joanna Coxe says:

    I was diagnosed with polycythemia vera 5 years ago. I take a baby aspirin daily and so far that is it. I occasionally have to get a blood draw. My spleen is enlarged and I itch sometimes and lack energy. I have wondered about magnesium in my diet. Do you think it is safe for me to take a magnesium supplement? Would you have any other recommendations for me? I am 51 and plan on living my life to the fullest.

    Thank you

  40. Michael Morningstar says:

    Dr. Axe
    Thanks for the great information and resources to help us maintain our health.

    Michael Morningstar
    The Great NEWS Coach
    Nutrition Emotions Wellness Success

  41. Jane R says:

    How do you know if you are deficient in magnesium if it cannot be seen in a blood test?

  42. Tiffany says:

    How can you repair any damage done to the intestines by magnesium oxide? I had been taking it for months in higher doses (always in combination with either chelate or citrate) for a deficiency and I noticed severe intestinal cramping beginning and now, even though I don’t take those anymore, my tummy is sensitive. Thanks for your help.

  43. Barry Donaldson says:

    I do not have any energy.I have1) severe type2 diabetes2)recent stroke 3) grovers disease 4) neuropathy in both balls of the feet. Iam retired but not doing so well health wise. I would really appreciate your input. Thanking you for your input . Kind regards Barry ( from down under )

  44. Joan Penfold says:

    I have hemochromatosis what foods are high in iron that I have to remove from my diet
    when first found my levels were 755 ,over the last several months I have had bloods removed on a regular basis I love to walk but find it hard at times as my bones ache. Any suggestions

    Thanks Joan

  45. Lisa says:

    Where can I go to find out how many mg’s of Magnesium both my husband and I should be taking daily based on specific parameters such as age, weight, body type, etc.?
    Thanks for your help!

  46. Linda says:

    Love all of your information but when trying to print out an article or a recipe there are huge gaps of missing information which can be rather important, especially for a recipe. Am I doing something wrong or is there a problem at your end?

    Thanks!

  47. katie says:

    I was wondering what about liquid magnesium. Is that less effective than supplements?

  48. jackie theriault says:

    i like all natural food especial yr Dr Axe t.u.

  49. Penny says:

    Where can I find the magnesium oil at?