The Health Benefits of Magnesium

“Mineral of the Year:




Dr Michael Greger

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Are You Getting Enough Magnesium?

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Adequate Magnesium intake is crucial for optimal health. Of course it’s always best to get minerals such as Magnesium from our diet, however, with the nutrient depletion in our food (as a result of depletion in our soil) we sometimes need to turn to supplementation.

Magnesium supplementation should be done cautiously if you have any degree of kidney dysfunction or disease and always in active partnership with your physician for the kidney ailments. Supplementation may still be warranted but in very small doses that are actively monitored to ensure filtration function is not harmed.

  • Magnesium levels can be more accurately checked by running “RBC Magnesium” through your Primary Care Physician.
  • Unlike a serum magnesium level, which is highly dependent on what you recently consumed, RBC Magnesium provides a longer term evaluation (typically 3-4 months) of magnesium intracellular stores.
  • Most PCP’s are receptive to running RBC Magnesium upon request, and this marker is typically covered by insurance.

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Here’s a brief list of 9 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Magnesium:


  1. It May Boost Exercise Performance.
  2. Fights Depression.
  3. It Has Benefits Against Type 2 Diabetes.
  4. Can Lower Blood Pressure.
  5. It Has Anti-Inflammatory Benefits.
  6. Can Help Prevent Migraines.
  7. It Reduces Insulin Resistance.
  8. Improves PMS symptoms.
  9. It is Safe & Widely Available.

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Dr. Michael Greger MD, The Health Benefits of Magnesium

How Not to Diet Michael Greger md bookDr Michael Greger MD, FACLM is a physician, New York Times Best Selling author of How Not to Die and How Not to Diet. Dr Michael Greger is an internationally known speaker on a number of important public health issues.

Dr Michael Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of HealthHow Not to Die Dr. Michael Greger Book coverand the International Bird Flu Summit, among countless other symposia and institutions; testified before congress; has appeared on shows such as The Colbert Report and The Dr. Oz Show; and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial. In 2017, Dr Michael Greger was honored with the ACLM Lifestyle Medicine Trailblazer Award. Visit Dr Michael Greger at:

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