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101 Uses for Magnesium

12 April 2012 - Posted by Ashley under

Magnesium is one of those critical nutrients that happen to pop up just about everywhere you look. I’ve heard countless people joke around about how magnesium seems like a “cure all” – which certainly isn’t true, mind you, but it’s a point to ponder all the same.

Due to the fact that magnesium is a basic [foundational] building block to our health and well-being, being magnesium deficient affects every single process down the line and then some. I’m speaking less in terms of the “Domino Effect” and more in terms of “Chaos Theory.” If only health issues were indeed more of a domino effect, we’d be able to track them back directly, fix the issue(s), and be done with it… but I digress.

After researching what seemed to be countless ailments associated with magnesium deficiency and its far reaching applications, I thought that perhaps it would be useful to compile an informal list of sorts for reference purposes – and while I’m at it, why not share it with everyone!

Here are 101 uses for magnesium that you may or may not be familiar with:

Magnesium is necessary for stabilization of the axon (nerve fiber).
56. Intelligence
57. Intractable Erythromelalgia
58. Kidney Stones (Calcium Oxalate)
59. Leg Cramps
60. Liver Cirrhosis
61. Lyme Disease (Lyme borreliosis)
62. Magnesium Deficiency
63. Menopause
64. Metabolic Syndrome
65. Migraine Headaches
66. Mitral Valve Prolapse

67. Mood Disorders

  • Aggression & Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
68. Multiple Sclerosis
69. Muscle Cramps (Muscle Spasms)
70. Muscle Twitching (Fasciculation)
71. Nephritis
72. Neuropathy
73. Nutrient Depleting Drugs (e.g. PPI’s)
74. Osteoporosis & Bone Mineral Density
75. Pancreatitis
76. Parkinson’s
77. Periodic Limb Movement During Sleep (PLMS)
78. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Magnesium is required for healthy cell membrane function.
79. Postoperative Pain Management
80. Pregnancy

  • Fetal Circulation
  • Fetal Pulmonary
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Gestational Hypertension
  • Preeclampsia & Eclampsia
  • Fetal Distress
  • Low Birth Weight
  • Preterm Labor
81. Repetitive Stress Injury
82. Restless Leg Syndrome
83. Seizure
84. Sepsis
85. Shock
86. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
87. Skin

  • Dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Skin Barrier Function
  • Skin Tags
88. Strength Training
89. Stress Management
90. Stress Ulcers
91. Stroke (Cerebrovascular Accident/ CVA)
92. Tendonitis
93. Tetanus
94. Thyroid Dysfunction
95. Tics (Facial Tics / Eye Tics)
96. Tinnitus
97. TMJ (TemporoMandibular Joint)
98. Tourette’s Syndrome
99. Toxic Shock Syndrome
100. Urinary Incontinence
101. Varicose Veins

1. 2nd & 3rd Degree Burns
3. Alcoholism (& Alcohol Withdrawal)
4. Allergies
5. Alzheimer’s
6. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS / Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
7. Arrhythmia
8. Arthritis
9. Asthma
10. Athletes Foot
11. Autism Spectrum Disorder
12. Back Pain (Lower Back Pain)
13. Bartter’s Syndrome
14. Bed Wetting (Nocturnal)
15. Blood Circulation
16. Blood Pressure (High Blood Pressure/Hypertension)
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17. Brain Edema
18. Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)
19. Burning Mouth Syndrome
20. Calcification of Soft Tissues
21. Calcium Retention
22. Cancer
23. Cavities
24. Celiac Disease
25. Cellular Detoxification
26. Cerebral Palsy
27. Chemotherapy-Induced Nutrient Deficiency
28. Cholesterol
29. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
30. Colon Cancer
31. Conjunctivitis
32. Constipation
33. Coronary Artery Disease
34. Crohn’s & Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
35. Dementia
36. DHEA Production
37. Diabetes (Type 1 & 2)

  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Diabetic Nephropathy
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Insulin Resistance

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38. Drug Addiction (Withdrawal)
39. Energy Levels (Low Energy)
40. Epilepsy
41. Exercise Endurance
42. Fatigue
43. Fibromyalgia
44. Floaters
45. Gitelman’s Syndrome
46. Head Injury
47. Hearing Damage & Hearing Loss
48. Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
49. Heart Disease
50. Heavy Metal Detoxification
51. Hormone Imbalance
52. Impotence
53. Infertility (Idiopathic)
54. Inflammation & Swelling
55. Insomnia & Sleeplessness


Although there are an endless amount of ailments that are aided by magnesium use, as I had mentioned many may be a direct result of a deficiency. Magnesium is such a vital part of our biology that, often times, simply adding it to our diet and supplementation routine will reverse a whole slew of health issues.

Numerous research studies that have tested magnesium up against commonly used drugs have frequently found that magnesium comes out on top in terms of both effectiveness as well as side effects (or rather, lack thereof). Magnesium has also shown to be an irreplaceable compliment to many mainstream medical treatments as well. Another point to keep in mind is that often times [with magnesium supplementation] the full health benefits to be had will not be reached without other complimentary nutrients such as Vitamin D and B6.

The bottom line in all of this is that magnesium should not only be towards the top of your priority list, it should be a top priority for modern medical doctors as well. If any of the items listed above relate to you – especially those related to the heart, muscle, nerve, and brain – and your doctor has not mentioned magnesium, it may be time to seek a second opinion or even a new physician.

Please remember that this information is not meant to diagnose or treat any illness or disease, nor should it replace your doctor’s recommendations. This list is based upon clinical research involving hypomagnesaemia (magnesium deficiency), magnesium supplementation & treatment, or a combination of the two. It should be used merely as an insight into the countless processes that are effected by magnesium or affected by a lack thereof.

For a list of references used for this post, please see our 101 Uses Reference document*.

Cheers Everyone!

*This list is currently being updated, and additional references are being added to ensure that all information has been thoroughly accounted for.

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  • Kkathy35

    My husband was diagnoised with Cardiomyopathy and would like to know if this
    Could be caused by a magnesium deficiency? I have been putting the oil on
    His feet but after reading some things I believe he needs more than what I’m
    using. Could you please tell me how much he would need topically and in the bath.
    He weighs about 260. I have used the gel myself and it helps me sleep like a baby
    And helps with my palpations.
    Thank you

  • Ashley

     Hi Kathy,

    There is evidence that a good number of cases of cardiomyopathy are due
    to hypomagnesemia (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3288817).

    If you are only rubbing the oil onto his feet, you may want to try
    expanding the area of application to include more absorbent regions –
    such as his chest and back. If he is magnesium deficient, you are
    battling to get his levels back up rather than simply trying to maintain
    daily levels.

    If I were combining the use of both the oil as well as the bath flakes, I
    would probably make sure to get at least 30-40 sprays of the oil per
    day and then supplement that with 1 cup of bath flake in a foot bath
    every other day, or around 3 cups in a full bath a couple times a week.
    We’ve found that baths are a really great way to absorb the magnesium
    since the hot water opens the pores and more surface area is exposed.

  • Sfreeman_68

    I would like to have the Magnesium Gel for my daughter to try for her severe psoriasis especially during flares like she has now! My other daughter has ezcema and this would help her so much also! Thanks for making products that help people!

  • Heather

    Just a quick question my 21 year old was said to have calcification atchy in liver , I give her cod liver oil, ro immune tablets,  Vitamin D, and Centrum advance, Centram and cod liver I give in the night  all the other after breakfast iron tablets, as her mch and mchc lever were .5 low  and iron was 8 now 4,  as she had a mouth infection of hand, mouth and foot working in dhild care services, Her D3 low, B12 norma
    , ferratin was good , she will be going for another blood test too in december and another ultrasound in june , as her MRI said that calcification is better seen on ultra sounds she had barium before she  did the ultra sound and it took her 2  hours  to drink it  she finished  the barium about half hour before the scan was done could this have hindered the scan, MRI said conclusion was normal study.
    Any way for how long can she contiune to take this tablets eg iron, cod liver, ro immune, D3, and can I also add magnesium as she gets ain ful eriods , she does not have much dairy, as she does not drink milk but will eat yougurt , ice cream, smoothes, shakes, cheesde etc,.
     when you take natural roducts do you have to have a break or will taking this continuously cause other roblems,
    What sort of magnesium should she take, I have asthma, hayfever so does my daughter and my sond drinks quite a lot of milk he too takes the same tablets his iron is 16 is it ok giving him iron tablets or should I sto it. If you use the cream can you rub it all over the body or use it like a moisturriser, and if you use  the oil do you have to riub it over the entire body or just rubbing it on you r feet will it do the trick for the absortion or does it need to be rubed on the stomach area, refer to take the tablets my daughter is 55 kg, 21 years I am 63 kg, 47 years my son is 63 kg 2 years and my husband is a smoker hand has a cough can he use it too, he does not want to get it checked he takes atacand 32 mg for ressure, D3 he is about 85 kg, and for how long do we have to take it taking it everyday could that cause roblems later on for my children do you need to have a break every now and again once you statrt it maybe a week off every 3 months or so, will there be any long term effects are magnesium levels shouwed normal range in the blood test that was done in the last 4 months, I can remeber given magnesium  to drink to oen u the bowels every 6 months by my arents when we were little,
    Any information would be welcome

  • Ashley

    Hi Heather,
    I have replied via email for your convenience. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  • Heidi Christiansen

     Leave the milk out for at least 3 weeks and watch their health improve! Pasteurized milk is causing many healthproblems – use crushed sesameseeds and green vegetables, Chia seeds for calcuim.


  • camie

    What type of magnesium do you recommend? There are 4(I think) different kinds. And what brand do you use?

  • Ashley

    Hi Camie,

    It would depend on your personal preferences and lifestyle in terms of what we would suggest. For example, if someone had very low magnesium levels, they would probably want to combine both an oral and topical magnesium so that they could raise their levels at a more expedient rate. Or if someone had extremely sensitive skin, we may end up suggesting just using mostly oral magnesium, with magnesium baths to help supplement that. Does that make sense?

    As for the types of magnesium, there are probably over 20 compounds of magnesium that are used for human supplementation. We have a page that discusses the more popular ones: http://www.ancient-minerals.com/magnesium-supplements/
    Some are going to be significantly better assimilated by the body than others, of course.

    Our brand of magnesium is Ancient Minerals, in which we utilize magnesium chloride as our compound of choice. If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask.

  • Ivana_gimunova

    Hi, I’ve purchased your magnesium oil for my mom who has a number of health problems. I would like to know whether rubbing the oil on her knees and calves has any effect on painful arthritis and possibly mildly inflamed varixes? Also would rubbing her ears with it improve her hearing loss? Or is that asking for miracles? Many thanks.

  • Ashley

    Hi Ivana,
    Through the research that I have read, there has been plenty of evidence that magnesium aids with arthritis and similar issues dealing with inflammation. Topically speaking, since there is less in terms of clinical studies, the majority of the evidence I have is anecdotal… that being said, there is a significant amount of anecdotal evidence that applying transdermal magnesium directly onto those affected areas has yielded excellent results – although the amount of time the relief lasts has varied person to person.

    As for the ear question, I don’t have as much anecdotal evidence on that front. There is plenty of research that shows significant improvement in those with hearing damage with the use of magnesium… but again, topically we have less to go off of. Since the transdermal route is simply another avenue in which to absorb magnesium, I personally don’t see why that wouldn’t have a similar (if not better) outcome, but that would be simply an educated guess on my part.

    Either way, I certainly don’t see the harm in trying.

  • Coryann

    does this help with acne?

  • Ashley

    Hi Coryann,

    Magnesium is a natural anti-inflammatory. We have had some feedback where those using the more mild applications such as the lotion or a diluted version of the oil have had a positive outcome with inflammatory skin issues such as acne. Also, as it is a magnesium salt, it may have a slight drying effect.

    However, magnesium is also a natural cellular detoxifier. We have had a number of people also tell us that after using the magnesium for the first time, they experienced an increase in acne for a brief time before it got better. This could potentially be because of toxins being pushed into the system resulting in a temporary increase in inflammatory response.

    If you do wish to try it for this purpose, you may want to attempt the Magnesium Oil or the Magnesium Oil Ultra so that you have the flexibility to dilute it as you see fit – that way you can try and see what works best with your skin type.

    I do hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions, and don’t hesitate to call us directly if you wish.

  • Teena

    PLEASE Read Dr Deans book– She says that the new medical rage on prescribing Vitamin D3 is the “new Calcium”; which took decades to figure out was not hte right thing to do to preserve bones…
    Research indicates that Vitamin D3 binds magnesium. So if she is taking lots of D– she is losing the magnesium levels. Also- from your list, I see Centrum– do you mean the over the counter vitamins called Centrum? There have been MANY articles about how these are simply not able to be broken down to absorb-able levels. If you are not choosing true QUALITY supplements, you are wasting time and money! Sounds like here immune system is poor. Review the diet and cooking methods. microwaves destroy nutrients. And fast food has hardly any nutrition anyway. So take a close look at that.

  • barbara

    How does one get tested for magnesium deficiency or does one need to be tested before taking a supplement? Should one go to a Homeopathic Dr? Does it have any effect on medications? Does it help with Parkinson’s? Can it cause a problem with kidneys or other organs in the body or liver? How do you know if you are taking too much? In the process of using essential oils would there be a problem.

  • Lari

    I just ordered 8 lbs of these magnesium flakes, after using magnesium oil for about 2 weeks with no migraine, no headache and much less irritable/anxious/depressive moments. I’ve taken magnesium supplements in several bio-available forms, high end powders or capsules, with little positive results due to poor internal absorption, I assume. Even though the oil stings a wee bit, the sensation goes away – and is worth the positive results! Spraying on feet and legs before bed, and rubbing on shoulders and neck in the morning has really done wonders.

  • Pinkbling9

    How does magnesium help with multiple sclerosis?