Magnesium Benefits and Holistic Cures

Eliminates Chocolate Cravings

Posted by Joy (Battleground, Wash) on 04/04/2013

I took magnesium plus other supplements but always craving chocolate, never satisfied. Recently I have found that I need to take a full spectrum mineral plus a magnesium citrate supplement .... both in the morning and at night. I read that some people are so low on mag and minerals that they have to slowly LOAD UP ON THEM UNTIL THEY GET DIARRHEA and then back off to their needed dose.

No more chocolate cravings... YAY!!!

Epsom Salts as a Source of Magnesium

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Posted by Rhonda (tallahassee, Fl) on 12/12/2007
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Epsome salt may be more appropriate for soaking, as the magnesium diffuses into the bloodstream more slowly, however heed to the warning labels on the bag. If you use Epsom internally as a supplement for magnesium you want to avoid giving yourself a potassium deficiency, and that goes with any magnesium supplement, but is especially important for those on a diet low in potassium, or have low blood potassium levels. Diarrhea is a sign you have taking too much, unless you're intentionally trying to use it as a laxative. I would include grapefruit and oranges in my diet especially if using Epsom, and would not use Epsom internally long periods; have a blood test done, or watch out for signs of potassium deficiency if you're a chronic Epsom user. I read that magnesium taurate was once said to be the best form of magnesium, citrate being next, especially for those with mineral imbalances and prone to heartbeat rregularities.

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Posted by Lucinda (London, On, Canada) on 08/08/2012

Hi Everyone, Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD ND. Look her up. The Miracle of Magnesium is a must-read for those with health issues. Also, the cayenne pepper idea worked for me to stop an instance of atrial fibrillation. Bless you, Earth Clinic for the information. Now, look up this doctor! Now! Save yourself yourself untold grief.

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Posted by Francisca (Zug, Switzerland) on 02/07/2012

Here is part of an article I read today in a British paper. Interesting that more and more often they are coming with their own "researches" telling people their own terrific "discoveries" which in the end are nothing more than what a lot of people already knew but which were denied for decades by the mainstream medicine! What would have happened a while ago if you had heart problems and asked your doctor about taking Epsom salts baths? He would have laughed in your face but now.... They have "discovered" that it actually works! The wonders of modern medicine..... By the way, these injections have been administred for years, at least according to one of my books!

"In another development, scientists have discovered that chemicals traditionally used in bath salts could help reduce damage caused by stroke. Magnesium sulphate is thought to dilate arteries in the brain, increasing the amount of vital nutrients reaching any damaged cells. Animal studies also show it protects nerve cells from damage, though researchers are unclear how it does this. Previous research has shown that people whose diets are high in magnesium are less likely to suffer a stroke.

Magnesium-rich foods include nuts, green vegetables and beans.

In a U. S. study starting next month, researchers will directly inject the chemical into arteries of 20 stroke patients.

'Salvage of viable, but threatened, tissue could give stroke patients an increased probability of favourable long-term outcome, ' they said".

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Posted by Louisvillemom (Louisville, Ky) on 12/09/2011

I've also experienced restlessness with the Magnesium Citrate. I tried the powdered "Natural Calm" and it did NOT calm me... Quite the opposite. So my doctor suggested MagOx which is Magnesium Oxide. I take two at night and sleep better than I have in years. It's also lowered my BP a little and my migraines have almost gone away. I've heard negatives about the oxide form of magnesium (absorption, stomach upset, etc) but for me it's worked miracles. I think everyone must figure out which form works best for them.

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Posted by Jennifer (Sunrise, Fl, Usa) on 11/04/2011
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Have to add a big YES YES YES to Magnesium! I have been chronically constipated since I was a child. I usually used Triphala to help my slow bowel issues, which encourages the peristalsic contractions, but my bowels were still a little on the slow side (1 BM every 2 days) and most of the time they were too hard. I started taking magnesium for my anxiety issues and found that not only is magnesium a great supplement to relieve anxiety, but as an unintended result, my bowels are now soft and very easy to pass and I have a regular BM every day. No wonder Milk of Magnesia is a laxative - go figure!

I use a powdered blend of magnesium citrate and magnesium carbonate (two of the most bioavailable forms of magnesium) and take 1/2 teaspoonful every day. I use the powdered form because some studies show that the coating on tablets reduces the absorption of magnesium. It's best to start small to see how you react and increase the dosage if you find you need more. If your bowels are too loose, you are taking too much. If they are comfortably loose, you are at the right amount. Make sure you do not surpass the recommended amount per day, because your kidneys have to work hard to excrete the magnesium, and toxity has been reported in very high dosages. Do not use if you have kidney problems.

As another wonderful benefit, magnesium is very relaxing and is great for people who suffer from anxiety issues. Magnesium supplementation is also good for people who are taking calcium and/or Vitamin B6.

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Posted by Ava (Spokane, Wa) on 10/29/2011
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All the research I have done on Magnesium shows that ionic Magnesium is absorbed by the body much better than other forms & that magnesium oxide is one of the worst & hardest to be absorbed... So I would say to stick with the ionic magnesium... It works well for me, much better than the oxide version I used to take. The oxide one gave me bad diarrhea from malabsorbtion. Also I would say to definitely make sure you continue with magnesium supplementing if you start the vitamin D because it makes a magnesium deficiency more prominent... magnesium is just so important for over 300 enzyme processes & I believe processing vitamin D requires magnesium...

Replied by Tam
(Hesperia, Ca)

I would have to COMPLETELY agree with you about the Vitamin D. I was diagnosed with a Vitamin D deficiency and started Vitamin D therapy using supplements and developed extreme heart palpitations within 2 weeks. Didn't make any connection at first. When I quit taking the D the palps went away within a week to 2 weeks. I tried this test 5 different times in the last 6 months and I STILL have not found my Magnesium balance.

3 weeks ago I quit taking all D supplements and just focused on getting my D from the sun. (no sunscreen, 20-30 minutes every couple of days - arms, calves & face) I did that for about a week and a half and within about a week and a half I began getting the heart palps again. So, there is definitely, without a doubt a major need for Magnesium if supplementing for a Vitamin D deficiency. I didn't relaize I had been Mag deficient, but obviously I am.

So, long story longer, here I sit as my palps started back up last night. I alternate between a Mag Citrate powder and a Mag oil (topically). I am afraid to take any more than I already am. Iam taking a total of at least (combined sources) 500-600mg a day..... Today anyway. Before the palps started I was getting about 300mg a day.

Sorry if I am rambling. My doctors have been useless and know nothing of nutrition and when I mentioned the palps being from a Mag deficiency from taking the D, she didn't even listen to me.

Anyway, what would be a top/limit for a daily intake of Magnesium? I think I need more, I really do. What I do take is helping, but it doesn't take them completely away...... Also, I have read that just because you get loose stool from Mag that it doesn't mean you have taken too much neccessarily. What the body needs at that moment, it takes and excretes what it doesn't. That is why doses throughout the day are crucial.

If anyone has any other input I would appreciate it :O)


find Magnesium info on - there's also a facebook group - there are cofactors you should take with magnesium for best results. Selenium, Vitamin C, etc just off the top of my head. They actually discourage synthetic Vitamin D but if you're deficient I'm not sure what you would do.

Replied by Jerry
(Seal Beach, Ca)

Please read my Hawthorn Motherwort entry under Heart Palpitations or my Mothewort Hawthorn entry under Tachycardia. Good chance the latter will be of help if you use it.

Replied by Gretchen
(Spring, Tx)

This is absolutely fascinating! Thanks for sharing this info.

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Posted by Virginia (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) on 09/22/2011

How to read the Supplement label of ingredients:

I bought Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate. The Medicinal Ingredients reads:

Magnesium (Magnesium Bisglycinate) 560mg. Providing Elemental Magnesium 100mg.

Non-Medicinal ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose, cellulose. Contains no yeast, wheat, soy, gluten, corn, sugar, dairy, artificial colours or preservatives. Manufactured under the unique A.... Laboratories process............. whereby the minerals are chelated (bound to) by amino acids, peptides and polypeptides.

Directions: Adults, take four capsules daily or as directed by health care practitioner.

My questions how to read these labels? does this mean I am only getting 100mg of magnesium as why they advise 4 capsules? What is the Magnesium bisglycinate?

What does it mean?

Thank you if any one can help.


Replied by Lisa
(Rabat, Morocco)

Ginny, yes elemental refers to the actual amount of magnesium per capsule. I believe the RDA for magnesium is around 350 mg/day so that is why 4 capsules per day.

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)

Lisa, I wouldn't trust the RDA if I were you.... It is mostly wrong!

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Posted by Arora Darjelling (Karachi, Sind / Pakistan) on 02/10/2011

My dauther is using magnesium sulphate last 6 months, half teaspoon with water in morning and her Epelipsy is in control. She is in her 8 week of pregnancy. Some experienced friend should guide whether to continue magnesium sulphate or stop. Is there any bad effects on fetus? Please reply

Replied by Dianna
(Austin, Usa)

I'm sure you have an answer by now since this is so long ago. But I wanted to say that I have had a seizure disorder for most of my life and eventually realized that it had something to do with constipation. Evidently when I was constipated some nerves were being pressed upon which triggered my seizures.

Epsom salt has really helped with this. I either bathe in it or take about 1/2 tsp. And/or I take magnesium citrate. I find both help.

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Posted by Maskeen (Dubai, Uae) on 01/01/2011
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One day I woke up with what I thought was an ear blocked with wax. But, no matter how hard I tried, no wax would come out. Then I started researching and discovered that sudden sensorineural deafness was what I had. It stated that ssd occurred due to a lack of magnesium in the body. So I started taking magnesium in the form of magnesium orotate 4 tablets of 500 mg 2x daily on an empty stomach. No results. Then I switched to chelated magnesium glycinate/lysinate with bioperine (an extract made from black pepper which increases bioavailability of beneficial substances and also chemical drugs). The deafness disappeared within 3 days. You must take the elemental dosage recommended for your age group. I tried a chelated magnesium with calcium, but that did not work nor did magnesium citrate.

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Posted by Bill (San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines) on 10/13/2010

Here is an interesting article by Chris Gupta, which describes the wide benefits of Magnesium(as well as Vitamin C and Aspirin) supplementation and its real and successful medical use. This article also goes into detail concerning research misconduct or what I call "spoiler" research put out by the medical drugs companies.

This is why simple chemicals like Lugol's Iodine, Sodium Bicarbonate(BS)and Hydrogen Peroxide have become so de-emphasised by spoiler drugs research -- the medical companies don't like the competition, so they try and generate fear of use -- despite the older medical fraternity using these simple chemicals very successfully for over a hundred or more years.

Here is the article in PDF format:

Replied by Phil
(Dearing, Ga)

Hello Bill! Always good to read your postings and research. So I googled the 2.5 % magnesium chloride hexahydrate and the prices vary from really high down to lower. I guess I could call the companies, but was wondering if you might could guide me the product that I would need. Currently I have been taking Magnesium Chloride from Alta health products in tablet form: 1 tablet = 520 mg magnesium chloride and 62.17 mg elemental magnesium. I take one daily. Would I be able to continue this one or do I need the other or just more of this one. Of course I know we can't put a price on health, but I am on a budget and it is a rather small budget. I believe in alternative medicines, but I will tell you I have spent close to $1000.00 this year alone on herbs and vitimans and still did not get all of the ones I would have liked to had. I would also be willing to crush my current tablets and mix them with water, if this would make a difference. Thank You in advance.

Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines)

Hi Phil... I bought my Magnesium Chloride -- chemical grade -- in Bangkok, Thailand. I purchased it as a simple powder which is always the best form. I confess I dislike tablets because of the fillers and additives they use. The best forms are always powder or capsule containing powder in my experience.

Regarding magnesium chloride, one of the best forms to take is Magnesium Oil. I make this myself -- 70% to 80% magnesium chloride with 20%-30% water. Just add 10 drops of mag oil to any drink twice a day or you can use it transdermally to be absorbed through the skin(forearms). If you use the transdermal method your body is able to absorb magnesium in much larger amounts -- with no diarrhea or intestinal issues to worry about. And any excess is simply excreted from the blood via the kidneys. Magnesium Oil can be purchased quite cheaply from any health shop.

You can also use Magnesium Sulphate(Epsom Salts) transdermally -- normally people just use epsom salts in baths, footsoaks or skin sprays as described on this site.

Like you, I was also fed up with the cost of vitamins, amino acids and mineral supplements. After some research I simply settled on taking 3 Dessicated Liver(DL) tablets(chewed) after every meal. I now rate DL higher than the much more expensive chlorella or spirulina -- DL contains every single vitamin, amino acid and mineral -- and all in the most bio-available form -- that your body will need on a daily basis. I also reckon DL is also better than plant forms containing these nutrients -- since it is fairly well-known that plant amino acids forms -- such as in chlorella or spirulina -- are not so easily digested or assimilated in humans.

So if you want all your daily nutrients in just one form -- dessicated liver is it. Ted recommends eating raw liver shakes, but perhaps DL is easier!!

You can purchase DL at any weight-training store and some health shops. You can also buy the powder form of DL(better). And it's quite cheap because its simply an inexpensive food.

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Posted by Grannyguru (Oro Valley, Az, Usa) on 10/12/2010

I am really confused! Will magnesium make my blood pressure skyrocket?
Should I take it with meals or on empty stomach?
Should I dilute it?
Should I take it with calcium or get just magnesium. I am taking the angstrom sized magnesium for 100% absorbtion without diarrhea. Is that good?
Am I supposed to hold it beneath my tongue or swallow it?
Please help! Here is what I have read:

Magnesium is supposed to lower blood pressure. It pushes calcium out of the cell after a cell "event" (example: contraction), and thereby allows the cell to relax and to allow toxins to be removed from the cell. How then can taking magnesium cause blood pressure to skyrocket? They give it intravenously in hospital to make blood pressure drop. Also, I read to take it with a meal, then I read to take it on an empty stomach, at least an hour before or after a meal. I just got the angstrom calcium 1500/magnesium 3000 because I read the magnesium might not be absorbed without the calcium, then I read I should take the calcium separately at a different time. I read the magnesium in this form will be absorbed directly in the cells, even in the mouth. So I held it briefly sublingually, then swallowed because of its strong taste and besides you can't hold it in your mouth forever. I want to correct magnesium deficiency, lower blood pressure, and finish ridding myself of the numbness in toes and feet. I have been taking fat soluble b1 and B12 and soaking feet in epsom salts, and it has really helped get rid of the numbness, but it's still sort of numb in the toes and ball of left foot and sometimes in right foot. Please help! Thanks

Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines)

Hi Grannyguru... I've been taking Magnesium in various forms for several years now. Magnesium Chloride IV is usually the first thing that they give heart attack patients in hospital ER to lower blood pressure and to relax the heart muscle and lower blood pressure. Magnesium is also essential to regulate body Calcium against the other electrolytes -- Sodium and potassium -- in your blood and cells. Magnesium is also used in over 300 enzyme processes in your body, so its a very important mineral. Most of us lack proper magnesium levels in our body now because of diet.
In answer to you questions:

Should I take it with meals or on empty stomach?
I always take magnesium on an empty stomach. The best forms to take are Mag Chloride, Mag Citrate and Mag Gluconate -- these are the most soluble and absorbable forms. Avoid magnesium carbonate and magnesium hydroxide -- they are badly absorbed by the body. My own favourite now is Magnesium Chloride. See this link:

Should I dilute it?
I make my own Magnesium Oil(70%-80% magnesium chloride crystals and 20%-30% water) and just take 10 drops once or twice a day in a glass of water or orange juice and drink it. Or you can also just rub the magnesium oil onto your forearm to be absorbed transdermally. You can also take it in larger doses quite safely transdermally with no intestinal or diarrhea issues. You can buy magnesium oil in most health shops.

Should I take it with calcium or get just magnesium. I am taking the angstrom sized magnesium for 100% absorbtion without diarrhea. Is that good?
Western diets these days contains excess calcium anyway -- everything is now fortified with calcium nowadays so I would just avoid taking calcium supplements altogether. This what I did, and, together with taking magnesium -- this is what got rid of my own arrythmia problems in the past. Excess calcium also thickens the blood, makes your heart work harder and also acidifies your blood and cells if you are low magnesium or potassium.
Am I supposed to hold it beneath my tongue or swallow it?
Best to take it just as an oral supplement or transdermally as suggested. Magnesium sulphate(Epsom Salts) can also be used transdermally for magnesium intake.

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Posted by Joyce (Joelton, Tn) on 01/31/2010 509 posts

Here's an article on magnesium from the Linus Pauling Institute:

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Posted by Diana (Warsaw, Poland) on 08/16/2009

I wonder if you do recommend to discontinue Magnesium supplement after some time? I am curently taking 500 mg of Magnesium since 6 months, is that OK or could be harmful? I take it for stress and insomnia. Regards

Replied by Hans
(Vancouver, Bc, Canada)

as a 65 year old, I recomment making magnesium a life-long mission. Your friends and family will thank you for your knowledge. Read Dr. Carolyn Dean. Magnesium chloride oil and flakes are a staple. I've been experimenting for a couple of years, and everything I read seems to be true.

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Posted by Roro (Dubai, UAE) on 05/13/2009

Which kind of Magnesium to use????

Hi EC' staff, kindly I would appreciate if someone can tell me what is the difference between Magnesium chloride, magnesium citrate, magnesium oxide etc... I see many poeple talk about benefits of magnesium and once I decided to buy it I found many of it in different names!!! Please advise!

Replied by Charlotte
(Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)

Hi, in response to Roro's question about which magnesium to take: Out of a book written by a naturopath that I've found to be helpful, she said that there are 2 types of magnesium: magnesium orotate (Vit B13) and magnesium aspartate, and they both serve unique and complimentary functions - maybe the names you cited are derived from these two compounds or vice versa?

Apparently a combination of 150 mg of magnesium aspartate three times per day togather with magnesium orotate 200 mg three times per day would be appropriate.

Replied by Jane
(Seattle, WA)

Response to Charlotte's post about magnesium aspartate being one of the best types of magnesium to take. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think any product with the word aspartate is an excitotoxin and should be avoided. Also to be avoided: aspartic acid, aspartame, etc.

Replied by Maleny
(Canberra, Act, Australia)
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Response on what sort of magnesium to take. Hi, I have always gone with Walter Last, the Queensland naturopath's advice and taken magnesium chloride as per his article at ( His own original website seems harder to find now on Google than it once was but if this link doesn't work just type in Walter Last and magnesium and several 3rd party sites appear citing him) He believes we need more calcium in youth and more magnesium in age.

I take it to beat off infections and find it, despite loose bowels if I take a lot, to be more effective than Vitamin C. Magnesium chloride is also used to make tofu and some tofu maker suppliers sell it fairly cheaply - called Nigari. I sometimes make up a little spray of it for the kitchen and spray a bit onto foods like tasteless tomatoes. I keep a pump bottle in the bedroom for transdermal use with some essential oils in it too and just smear some on the soles of my feet before bed, when I remember. No real health problems so can't really say what it is done but I seem calmer I think when I do it regularly.

I once read an Internet article as well of a man who swore plain Epsom salts had done wonders for his health. He just started with a tiny amount of Epsoms salts like an eigth of a teaspoon and built up the amount slowly to a much larger amount like a daily desert spoon and had no diarrhea that way.

Calcium and Magnesium balance is fairly critical so it's probably best to go cautiously before self medicating with very high oral dosages of any form of magnesium.

Replied by Marq
(Muenster, Germany)

In responce to Maleny from Canberra, I found a link to the same article now at

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