Could Magnesium be the Answer You’ve Been Searching For?

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Around 80% of the population is deficient in magnesium, a mineral required for 300+ enzymatic reactions in the body. Are you one of them? Let’s take a closer look at magnesium deficiency and the many health benefits of this essential mineral.

Not so fun fact: I have a chronic bladder condition called interstitial cystitis that can be extremely painful.

Fun fact: I began supplementing with magnesium over a year ago and within a week felt great relief. Long story short, it was the answer I had been searching for FOR YEARS.

And after a little bit of research, it seemed that, hey, magnesium may be the answer others are searching for as well. Thousands, millions of others suffering from migraines, insomnia, anxiety, blood clots, hypertension, heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis…. and so the list goes on.

Let’s backtrack for just a moment — what is magnesium?

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and is essential for initiating more than 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps the heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, keeps bones strong, regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis.

Magnesium deficiency affects around 80% of the population and has been called “the silent epidemic.”

In the past, humans were able to get enough magnesium through a varied diet. (Oh, the simple days.) Unfortunately, modern farming methods and chemical fertilizers have stripped natural magnesium from the soil.

This, coupled with the fact that stress and certain medications (diuretics and antibiotics) decrease the absorption of magnesium, has led to what really could be considered an epidemic of magnesium deficiency.

According to Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND — author of The Miracle of Magnesium — magnesium is very intimately connected to the following 22 facets of health and conditions:

Anxiety and panic attacks

Magnesium keeps stress hormones under control


Magnesium deficiency increases histamine production and bronchial spasms

Blood clots

Magnesium thins blood, much like aspirin but without the side effects


Magnesium deficiency causes constipation, potentially leading to toxicity, malabsorption of nutrients, or colitis


Magnesium deficiency can increase the frequency and severity of bladder spasms


Serotonin, which elevates moods, is dependent on magnesium


Magnesium is necessary for the natural removal of toxins and heavy metals


Magnesium enhances insulin secretion, facilitating sugar metabolism. Without magnesium, insulin is not able to transfer glucose into cells.


Magnesium is necessary for over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. So when the body is magnesium-deficient and these enzyme reactions are not working properly, we can experience fatigue.

Heart disease

Mg deficiency is common in people with heart disease. Mg is administered in hospitals for acute myocardial infarction and cardiac arrhythmia. Like any other muscle, the heart muscle requires Mg. Mg is also used to treat angina, or chest pain.


Magnesium deficiency causes blood vessels to spasm and increases cholesterol levels, which lead to blood pressure problems.


Magnesium regulates insulin, keeping blood sugar levels constant.


Magnesium deficiency interferes with the production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep.

Kidney Disease

Magnesium deficiency contributes to kidney failure and throws off lipid levels.

Liver disease

Magnesium deficiency commonly occurs during liver transplantation.


Magnesium balances serotonin levels. Serotonin deficiency can result in migraines.

Musculoskeletal conditions

Fibrositis, fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, eye twitches, cramps, and chronic neck and back pain may be caused by magnesium deficiency

Nerve problems

Magnesium alleviates peripheral nerve disturbances throughout the whole body, such as migraines, muscle contractions, gastrointestinal spasms, and calf, foot and toe cramps. It is also used in treating central nervous symptoms of vertigo.

Female reproductive health

Magnesium helps alleviate PMS and menstrual cramping; plays an important role in fertility; helps alleviate premature contractions, preeclampsia, and eclampsia in pregnancy; helps alleviate morning sickness and pregnancy-induced hypertension. It is also given to pregnant mothers to decrease the risk of cerebral palsy and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). According to Dr. Dean, “Magnesium should be a required supplement for pregnant mothers.”


When combined with calcium and vitamin D, magnesium helps increase calcium absorption. For this reason, magnesium deficiency promotes bone loss.

Raynaud’s Syndrome

Magnesium helps relax the spastic blood vessels that cause pain and numbness of fingers.

Tooth decay

Magnesium deficiency causes an imbalance of phosphorus and calcium in saliva, which damages teeth.

So how much magnesium should we be getting?

The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for magnesium is between 350 and 400 milligrams per day. But this is just enough magnesium to ward off deficiency.

Twice the RDA is suggested for those suffering from the 22 conditions triggered by magnesium deficiency.

And how can we best up our magnesium intake? Diet or supplements?

Leafy greens and nuts are great sources of magnesium, but likely not enough. One tablespoon of almonds has 33 milligrams of magnesium. So you would have to eat more than 20 tablespoons to consume the suggested amount! That’s a lot of almonds.

Fortunately there are many ways to supplement magnesium: oral supplements, magnesium oil (which is really just magnesium chloride diluted in water; this may irritate some so be sure to spot-test first), and magnesium flakes which can be diluted in water to make your own magnesium oil or sprinkled in baths. Since oral magnesium supplements can have a laxative effect and are not easily absorbed, applying magnesium topically is a great way to supplement.

Everyday after showering, I spray some magnesium oil (again, not really oil so it won’t stain clothing) on my legs and arms. It absorbs completely before I dress. I consider this a critical part of my daily routine along with dry body brushing and my morning warm lemon cayenne pepper water.

Don’t go crazy now! Though it is thought to be impossible to overdose on magnesium, you know what they say about too much of a good thing. Individuals with improperly functioning kidneys may not be able to handle magnesium supplementation and should consult a doctor. It can also cause loose stools. Furthermore, magnesium may interact with certain prescription medications, so be sure to do your homework!

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  1. I am reading about the problems people are having with urinary tract infections. There is great natural product by Now Foods called d-mannose. Go onto the internet for information about this product and research the dosage infomation by Dr Scott McLeod as I have found that the dosage on the container is too low. This is an amazing product and I highly recommend it. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  2. Someone asked about using Epsom salts in the bath-great idea except a fairly large quantities are needed to be effective. A better way is to add 3-4 tablespoons of Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulphate-available at produce stores in 25kg bags-much cheaper than a small quantity) to about a litre of warm water-that makes what is called a saturated solution-meaning no more will dissolve. Doesn’t matter if there’s a bit that hasn’t disolved, that’s what you are aiming for. After a warm shower, slowly pour the solution over your body and pat your skin to assist absorbtion. Don’t dry yourself immediately with a towel, just pat gently to allow the maximum to absorb. It takes a few days to build up in the system but I find I sleep so much better.
    Even better than Epsom salts, (which is magnesium sulphate) go to a produce store and order a 25kg bag of mag. chloride-it’s better absorbed than the rest and its way cheaper to buy that way.
    It can sting, especially if you are very deficient, in that case dilute a little till you can tolerate it. Avoid eyes, private parts etc.
    Mag “oil” is concentrated Mag Chloride-it’s easy to make your own.
    I have been asked about the possibility of chemical residues in bulk mag chloride from produce shops etc. which is produced for agricultural use. I feel the benefits of the magnesium supplementation far outweigh any slight risk of trace amounts of chemicals which might exist.
    It’s very difficult to purchase mag chloride in tablet form unfortunately but I have put a few flakes in water and drink it quite regularly without any ill effects except feeling So much better! Here’s to your good health!

  3. I was trying some magnesium glycinate to help with sleep and possibly my vulvydynia. I do have interstitial cystitis and when I took magnesium glycinate (onlu 100 mg) at night, it irritated by IC. I thought it was one of the fillers, so I tried another brand without fillers and it still irritated my bladder. I see there are supposed to be enteric coated magnesium glycinate capsules but cannot find any online. Any suggestions? I was hoping not to have a laxative effect which is why I chose the glycinate form.

  4. While I am interested in magnesium for interstitial cystitis, logic is that you were misdiagnosed with IC in the first place since you are comfortable with daily lemon cayenne pepper water. No matter how effective the magnesium, someone with true interstitial cystitis would not be able to tolerate lemon cayenne pepper water in any a mount. Someone in remission with IC for years would be thrown into a terrible flare up by even one dose of cayenne lemon water. While people with IC differ in terms of what they can consume, cayenne is not among those known differences. It universally causes problems for anyone who has true IC.

  5. Hi, I’m a 27-year-old male who was diagnosed with cystitis a month ago. My symptoms are that I have difficulty starting and maintaining a urine stream and that my butt feels inflamed after taking a walk. I’m guessing that it’s from an enlarged prostate becoming inflamed. The doctors don’t know how to cure me and I’m really scared. If you know of anything or anyone who might be able to help me please let me know. It’s nearly impossible to find anything online about how to cure a UTI if you’re a young male. Thanks in advance.

  6. Not sure that their is any real evidence that magnesium is absorbed through the skin, at least in significant amounts. One study which showed that it was, was small scale and industry funded and not published or peer reviewed so cannot be considered.

    Companies are fueling a lot of hype which is not based on evidence, and blogs/websites just blindly act as unpaid marketeers. Magnesium may be absorbed through the skin but this has not been shown as yet. Magnesium in oral supplement form has been shown to be absorbed – so if you want to be sure then go with the oral supplement.

  7. Like others I would like to find out which form of magnesium is best for i.c. I don’t see that addressed. Thanks.

  8. My son had severe health issues that caused me to seek out true health and you are one of the few people who advocates trans-dermal magnesium rather than oral supplementation. My husband’s mother who was a nurse died due to a blood clot and the medication that was prescribed to her. She bled out. My husband broke his leg which eventually resulted in 3 blood clots that under the care of doctors would not heal. Finally he soaked in Epsom Salts which resulted in no blood clots in less than 1 week. He calls me the Magnesium Lady because I love to tell people about it. I wish that someone would have told me about these amazing inexpensive ways to heal long ago. Thank you for having this page.

  9. Catherine what type of magnesium did you take and how much. Also which brand thanks I also have Ic

  10. Do you think Magnesium would help me I suffer from Prostratitis this is worth and suffer pain.

  11. My doc recommended magnesium to help me sleep with my IC bladder spasms. Didn’t give much more than that as far as advice. I just started oxybutnin 2 weeks ago, but it’s not helping at night. I bought a magnesium supplement (500mg) and started last night. Will this help? And how long will it take? Should I be doing an oil instead?

  12. Where can I get this at or where can I buy it at. I deal with ic pain a lot.

  13. I have some Rolaids (antacid). The ingredient list at the top says Calcium Carbonate 675 mg. Magnesium Hydroxide 135 mg. Then at the bottom under other information it says calcium 270 mg, magnesium 55 mg. I’m not too sure I understand why it’s different in each spot.

    Also, what are some of the differences in the types of magnesium. I’ve seen magnesium oxide, magnesium hydroxide, and magnesium chloride.

  14. Was it Natural Calm?

    Are you always going to the bathroom or are you having pain/spasms as with IC? Magnesium can help with certain issues such as IC since it helps relax the muscles.

  15. I saved an article in the Magazine called “For Women First” (I think that is the name) seen in grocery stores. As I recall, there was a short write-up about magnesium for bladder control, it said to take some kind of magnesium powder. I did save the article, but I can’t find it. Does anybody know about this particular magnesium powder and the dosage/potency ? I have a bladder that won’t quit, I just live like that, never much having a good night’s sleep. I have been tested for diabetes many times by my doctor, but I always come out negative for diabetes.