300 Reasons to Take Magnesium (Your life may depend on it!)

Magnesium deficiency is a serious problem in the United States. It’s likely that 80% of Americans have too-low levels of this essential nutrient.

The mineral magnesium is abundant in healthy bodies. It’s stored in our organs and bones, and used in over 300 enzymatic processes.

Enzymes are proteins that speed up processes and reactions in our bodies. Without them, these actions may not get completed.

This includes your body turning food into energy. It’s also vital for proper transcription of DNA and RNA.

Although it’s considered an “invisible deficiency,” low magnesium levels can manifest in a variety of ways like heart palpitations, headaches, muscle cramps, nausea and migraines.

These may be indicative of bigger health issues like heart disease, diabetes, asthma and anxiety disorders.

If you’re not sure that you’re getting enough magnesium, there are more than 100 health reasons to find out.

GreenMedInfo.com lists more than 100 therapeutic benefits of magnesium so far. They say it can help with:

•  Migraines

•  Proper formation of bones and teeth

•  Regulation of blood sugar levels

•  Fibromyalgia

•  Cardiovascular disease

•  Slowing the aging process

•  Reducing stroke risk

•  Chelation of extra calcium in the body*

(*This keeps the arteries from hardening due to excess calcium.)

Get Tested

Magnesium deficiency is considered an “invisible” one. But just because you don’t show symptoms, doesn’t mean your magnesium levels are optimal.

Spinach, almonds and broccoli are among the magnesium-rich foods that could boost your levels naturally.
Image Credit: Left: Amazing Graze Farm
Image Credit Right: Fit In The Middle

Here are three tests you can take to see how much of this mineral you have (or need) …

Magnesium Serum Test — This is the most-common magnesium test, but it’s also said to be the least-accurate.

That’s because less than 1% of the body’s total magnesium is in the blood plasma. And the body will do whatever it takes to keep that number in check.

However, if you do score low on a plasma test, then your bones, organs and muscles may be in dire need of magnesium.

Magnesium RBC Test — This is supposed to be a better test because it quantifies the amount of magnesium stored in your blood cells and bones. If you have good magnesium reserves in your body, you should see a score of 6mg/dl or higher on this test.

Magnesium EXA Test — This involves scraping your cheek buccal cells. Many say this is the most-accurate test because it lets you know how much magnesium is being stored in your cells, bones and muscles.


Due to soil depletion and poor farming practices, it’s almost impossible to get enough magnesium from diet alone.

Magnesium supplements are easy to come by, but all forms of magnesium are not created equal. In other words, they can either do damage in the body or are very poorly absorbed.

These types of magnesium are ones you will find in supplements available from the local Walgreen (WAG) or Wal-Mart (WMT).

John Brisson at FixYourGut.com put together a comprehensive listing of the types of magnesium supplements out there. Here are some the best and worst …

Best Forms of Magnesium to Take

Dose: 600mg-800mg

Time taken: Bedtime

Magnesium Glycinate — This is the most bioavailable form of this mineral. One benefit is that it can help with sleep and feeling calm. This is also the least likely form to cause loose stools.

Magnesium Malate — This could help those who feel fatigued or who have been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This form can also increase stomach acid and assimilation.

Magnesium Taurate — This could be helpful for people with heart disease, as the extra taurine helps the heart to function better.

Magnesium Citrate — This should mostly only be used for bowel irrigation, but it is an OK form of magnesium as long as it is taken with meals. Like Magnesium Malate, it could increase stomach acid and assimilation.

Magnesium ZMK — This form, taken with meals, is considered to be a complete supplement. That’s because it uses magnesium from all of the Krebs (citric-acid) cycle: Citrate, Fumarate, Malate, Succinate and Alpha-Keto-Glutarate. Many athletes use this supplement because it’s said to enhance recovery.

Avoid These Forms of Magnesium

Magnesium Oxide — With a low absorption rate, this is arguably the worst form of magnesium. Yet, it’s the most-common one to find on the shelves of the local drugstore. Out of a 400 mg dose, at most 80 mg of magnesium is absorbed by the body.

Magnesium Aspartate — This was once believed to be more-absorbable because of the aspartic acid. Unfortunately, too much aspartic acid is neurotoxic.

Magnesium Hydroxide — This is another form that isn’t well-absorbed by the body. Most of this magnesium is released into the bowels.

Be sure to research your own magnesium levels before you decide whether to add — or not to add — magnesium to your diet.

Happy and Healthy Investing,

Brad Hoppmann

Your thoughts on “300 Reasons to Take Magnesium (Your life may depend on it!)”

  1. I have been a USANA Health Sciences distributor for about 15 years. Usana has ranked #1 for the past many years in an impressive third party book called Nutrisearch Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements by Lyle McWilliams, MSc,FP. He was appointed by Canada’s former Minister of Health as an expert in his field to help determine the quality of Canada’s nutritional products and to regulate mfg and sales of Canada’s nutritional marketplace. In this research book he ranks about 1500 of the best companies based on the nutritional makeup of their basic products and on a panel of nutritional expert’s recommendations. Usana recommends a 2:1 ratio of calcium to Magnesium. Their Active Calcium supplement contains 800 mg of calcium to 400 mg magnesium along with other nutrients D3, K, and boron to aid in absorption. The Essentials, their flagship product, has 2 bottles: Mega Antioxidant and Chelated Minerals which also contains 270 mg calcium and 300 mg of magnesium along with many other minerals. the object would be to take both for a total of 1070 calcium and 700 Mg of magnesium/ day. When I discovered USANA, this company answered all of my concerns about buying nutritional products: quality (they pioneered the pharmaceutical grade mfg of supplements), knowing which nutrients and combinations to take and delivery to my door. Their continuous research by their panel of doctors and scientists keeps their products up to date with new findings. They have developed a full complement of vitamins and minerals, “optimizers”, and health products. They sponsor some of the Olympic’s stars.

  2. You did not mention Magnesium oil applied topically . I have heard it is the best way to absorb it and doesn’t interfere with GI

  3. I am a firm believer in supplements. I have often wondered what the best options are for the price and which individual should be an area of overall focus; can you help?


  4. I have about 5 things I need magnesium for: cataracts, colon polups, bone formation, heart health and preventing calcium deposits in arteries. I think the article says I need a combination-magnesium supplement or a combination of various magnesium supplements. Is this correct? Would magnesium ZMK take care of all my needs and if so, where can one buy it (nobody here has even heard of it)? Thanks so much.
    John D.

  5. WOW! Thanks for this informative news about Magnesium – I’ve been taking the wrong stuff for years mostly because of good hype and affordability. Sincerely, GB

  6. i use the shaklee brand because they set the highest standard when manufacturing their products

  7. Thank you for this very informative article. I did some personal experimenting with different forms of magnesium and tracked the absorption using hair analysis. This is one method of testing not mentioned which, if interpreted correctly, is highly accurate for measuring magnesium status at a cellular level. Very high levels of hair magnesium after supplementation are indicative of a magnesium LOSS. I ran 14 hair tissue analysis (HTMA), one very three months. Different forms of magnesium either failed to raise my hair Mg levels, or, after drastically raising the supplementation level to more than 1 gram, caused abnormally high HTMA levels indicating a loss of magnesium through non absorption. The only type of magnesium that was absorbed correctly and truly increased my cellular levels of Mg was magnesium with added Taurine such as with Magnesium Plus- Guard. Another brand that worked was New Roots Magnesium Bisglycinate, also with added Taurine ( sold in Canada). The ZMK form I had never heard of but sound interesting, but now that my Mg levels are ideal I will stay with the New Roots form as it works well. Good luck in your quest for great health!

    Mark Power
    Montreal, Canada

  8. Brad: I like your concern. Glad I came across it via Weiss who tolerate me because I am Canadian and cannot do business with you. I have kept informed since the 2007,8,9 crisis when I suddenly realized I needed to educate myself and wanted to get out of equities ASAP. THAT DONE – AND ANNUITIES BRING IN WORRY FREE CASH.

    MAGNESIUM SEEMS TO KEEP AT BAY THE MYOCLONUS WHICH HAD BEEN DISTURBING MY SLEEP — only stage 1 and 2. I also read Dr. Mercola. Am 86 next month! Tks.

  9. I have found that oral magnesium gives me serious digestive issues, so I have opted for either bathing in Epsom salts or using a Epsom salt Lotion that I buy from Walmart. This allows the magnesium to enter the body through the skin and avoid the digestive tract, hence not giving me the most common side effect of magnesium – diarrhea. And I have to admit I have been really feeling a lot better since I have started applying the epsom salt lotion on a daily basis.
    I knew I needed to add magnesium, in addition to D3 and K2, but it was hit and miss, trying to find one that my stomach would tolerate. This does seem to be the answer.
    What I have read about bathing in Epsom salts, is to put one cup of the Epsom salts into the tub and soak in it for awhile, long enough to let your body absorb the minerals. Seems to work, very inexpensive, and does not require a prescription or refills or a doctor visit.

  10. Enjoy your articles on health.

    Have you heard about the MTHFR gene mutation disorder. Has to do with not absorbing normal forms of folate and B12, due to a gene mutation (detected in a MTHFR blood test) MTHFR.net is the most comprehensive site to educate oneself. Over 40 diseases and disorders stem back to these deficiencies, that have gone undetected for all these years until this recent discovery (within the last 10 years)

    Please help get the word out, as some doctors have not even heard of this health problem.

  11. I don’t know where your information comes from, but as a retired clinical chemist, I can assure that magnesium is NOT a chelating agent. Any effect on calcium would result from their similar ions sizes and charges

  12. I take Centrum Silver for men.
    It contains 50 MG of Magnesium
    and 4 MG of Manganese.

    Is this not enough?

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