Grandma's Magnesium Guide
Low Level Makes Diseases Worse!

Magnesium is a vital catalyst in enzyme activity, especially the activity of those enzymes involved in energy production. It assists in calcium and potassium uptake.

Magnesium deficiency interferes withthe transmission of nerve and muscle impulses, causing irritability and nervousness.

Supplementing the diet with this mineral can help prevent depression, dizziness, muscle weakness and twitching, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and also aids in maintaining the body's proper pH balance.

Benefits of magnesium are: to prevent the clarification of soft tissue. This essential mineral protects the arterial linings from stress caused by sudden blood pressure changes, and plays a role in the formation of bone and in carbohydrate and mineral metabolism.

With Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) this mineral helps to reduce and dissolve calcium phosphate kidney stones. Recent research has shown that this mineral my help prevent cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and certain form of cancer, and it may help reduce cholesterol levels.

Magnesium is effective in preventing premature labor and convulsions in pregnant women.

Understanding Magnesium Deficiency

Possible manifestations of magnesium deficiency include:

  • confusion
  • insomnia
  • irritability
  • poor digestion
  • rapid heartbeat
  • seizures
  • tantrums
  • synonymous with diabetes
  • cardiovascular problems
  • major cause of fatal cardiac arrhythmia
  • hypertension
  • sudden cardiac arrest
  • asthma
  • chronic fatigue
  • chronic pain syndromes
  • depression
  • insomnia
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • pulmonary disorders

The test for magnesium deficiency: a procedure called an intracellular (mononuclear cell) magnesium screen should be performed. This is a more sensitive test than the typical test, as a low level magnesium makes nearly every disease worse.

It is particularly important for individuals who have, or who are considered at risk for developing, cardiovascular disease.

photo of a hand of ripe bananas a natural source of magnesium photo of a green apple a natural source of magnesium photo of half a lemon a natural source of magnesium

Natural Food Sources with Magnesium and
Herbal Containing Magnesium

Magnesium is found in most foods:

  • dairy products
  • fish
  • meat
  • seafood
  • apples
  • apricots
  • avocados
  • bananas
  • blackstrap molasses
  • brewer's yeast
  • brown rice
  • cantaloupe
  • dulse
  • figs
  • garlic
  • grapefruit
  • green leafy vegetbles
  • kelp
  • lemons
  • lima beans
  • millet
  • nuts
  • peaches
  • black-eyed peas
  • salmon
  • sesame seeds
  • soybeans
  • tofu
  • torula yeast
  • watercress
  • wheat
  • whole grain

Herbs that contain magnesium include

  • alfalfa
  • bladderwrack
  • catnip
  • cayenne
  • chamomile
  • chickweed
  • dandelion
  • eyebright
  • fennel seed
  • fenugreek
  • hops
  • horsetail
  • lemongrass
  • licorice
  • mullein
  • nettle
  • oat straw
  • paprika
  • peppermint
  • raspberry leaf
  • red clover
  • sage
  • shepherd's purse
  • yarrow
  • yellow dock


The consumption of alcohol, the use of diuretics, diarrhea, the presence of fluoride, and high levels of zinc and Vitamin D all increase the body's need for magnesium.

The consumption of large amounts of fats, cod liver oil, calcium, vitamin D, and protein decrease magnesium absorption. Fat-soluble vitamins also hinder all the absorption of magnesium, as do foods high in oxalic acid, such as almonds, chard, cocoa, rhubarb, spinach and tea.


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