Magnesium Supplements

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Taking magnesium supplements is a way to cure magnesium deficiency and eating magnesium rich foods may help avoid the health problems caused by the lack of this important mineral.

Magnesium supplements work well in the following situations:

-- Preventing and treating magnesium deficiency, and certain conditions related to magnesium deficiency.

-- Used in treating dyspepsia (heartburn or "sour stomach") as an antacid. Various magnesium compounds are used. Magnesium hydroxide seems to work the fastest.

-- Used as a laxative for constipation or preparation of the bowel for surgical or diagnostic procedures.

-- Conditions that occur during pregnancy called pre-eclampsia or eclampsia. Magnesium must be given intravenously (by IV) or as a shot. This must be done by your healthcare provider.

-- A type of irregular heartbeat called torsades de pointes. Magnesium must be given intravenously (by IV). This must be done by your healthcare provider.

Other situtions that the supplements can be a help:

  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
  • Weak bones (osteoporosis).
  • Preventing type 2 diabetes in overweight, middle-aged women, when magnesium is obtained from foods.
  • Diseases of heart valves (mitral valve prolapse).
  • High cholesterol.
  • Chest pain (angina) due to artery disease.
  • Kidney stones.
  • Hearing loss in people exposed to loud noise.
  • Metabolic syndrome (a condition that increases risk for diabetes and heart disease). A higher magnesium intake from diet and supplements is linked with a 27% lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome in healthy women and a 31% lower risk in healthy young adults.
  • Preventing stroke. There is some evidence that getting more magnesium from the diet might decrease the risk of stroke in men.
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), when given by an injection (shot). This must be done by a healthcare provider.
  • Fibromyalgia pain, when used with malic acid.


To take magnesium in the form of supplements may be especially helpful for people with busy lifestyles. They can have the benefits of magnesium in a gulp of water.

Although magnesium is beneficial, it's best to check with your health professionals before taking any supplements. You can also check out the signs of magnesium deficiency to know if you need to buy the supplements.

If you are taking any medications, ask your doctor in case any unwanted interactions occur between the magnesium and your medicine.




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