What Does Magnesium Do? Magnesium for Headaches?

What does magnesium do for you? It is very effective for migraines and headaches and along with Vitamin D it helps absorption of Calcium.

• essential for forming and maintaining bones and teeth

• metabolizes carbs and amino acids

• important role in neuromuscular contractions

• activator of hundreds of enzymes essential to life

• cofactor in formation of RNA/DNA and in nerve function Alt Med

• only absorb about 1/3rd of magnesium intake – rest is excreted in feces – some people find that it helps with constipation

• destroyed by processing of foods and in cooking

• along with Vitamin D3 it is very important for absorption of Calcium and thus helps prevent Osteoporosis J Nutr Med 1991, Am J Med 1987

• low intake of dietary magnesium linked to Type 2 Diabetes Diabetes Care 2004 Two studies published that year The full citation to all articles and books can be found in It's About Health. Click here for more information.

• Magnesium deficiency linked to cardiovascular and heart disease J Am Coll Nutr 2005

• Magnesium shortage is linked to angina attacks in men who have variant angina J am Coll Cardiol 1996

• a small study showed Fibromyalgia patients benefited from Magnesium supplements Lancet 1991

• Magnesium for headaches – it is very effective for migraine and headaches in children at a dosage of 9 mg/day per kilo of body weight Headache 2003

• adult migraines have been effectively treated with 600 mg/day in supplements Cephalagia 1996

• my wife had suffered for years from migraines – typically two a week – when she started to take significant multivitamins and multi-minerals along with a Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin D3 supplement her migraines ceased and they have never come back – that’s 14 years and counting - she still follows that programme of nutritional supplements – I was puzzled about why her migraines would stop like that. When I came across the 1996 Cephalagia article I added up the amount of magnesium she was getting in her supplements – 590 mg/day. That launched me further into secondary research eventually leading me to share this fascinating information with others.

What does Magnesium do? Magnesium for headaches is one bit of useful information you have picked up. By now you've picked up enough information to conclude that Magnesium shortage should be avoided.


• Adults: Males 410 mg/day; Females 320 mg/day

• Teens: Males 410 mg/day; Females 310 mg/day

• Children 1-4 years 80 mg/day; 4+ years 130 mg/day

Magnesium Dosage by Supplements

• Adults 300 mg/day

• Teens 110 mg/day

• Children 1-4 years 25 mg/day; 4+ years 50 mg/day

Toxicity from Magnesium Overdose

• Symptoms include drowsiness, weariness, lethargy

• Because body normally very effectively excretes what it doesn’t need, toxicity is normally not a problem

• If urinary excretion is blocked or significantly diminished it can be a problem and magnesium overdose becomes possible

• Can cause diarrhea

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