Are you low in Magnesium?

Do you have any of these conditions or symptoms? If so, you could be low in magnesium.

  • ADHD
  • Asthma
  • Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Chocolate cravings (cacao is high in magnesium)
  • Colon cancer
  • Dementia
  • Depression, anxiety and feeling “on edge”
  • Epilepsy and seizure disorders
  • Fatigue and generalized weakness
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Hypertension
  • Insomnia and sleep disorders
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle pain, cramps or spasms such as foot cramps, chest pain, and restless leg syndrome
  • Nausea
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • PMS
  • Poor memory
  • Quick exhaustion during exercise
  • Tremors
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Vertigo

Magnesium plays an important role in hormonal function. It supports estrogen detoxification (which is extremely important for those of us who have had breast cancer), improves thyroid function, decreases adrenalin and cortisol levels, supports testosterone production, increases DHEA and serotonin, and lowers blood sugar levels and regulates insulin, decreasing your risk of diabetes by 47% (Journal of Diabetes Care 33:2604-2610, 2010).

Magnesium is also important for the creation of cellular energy, the synthesis of protein, RNA and DNA, the relaxation and activation of muscle tissue, and the overall health of your bones, heart, brain, and nervous system, allowing more than 300 enzymes in the body to work correctly and reducing inflammation due to the lowering levels of C-Reactive Protein.

Below is a list of drugs that deplete magnesium.

Acid Blocking Drugs:

  • Cimetidine (Tagamet)
  • Esomeprazole (Nexium)
  • Famotidine (Pepcid)
  • Nizatidine (Axid)
  • Omeprazole (Prilosec OTC)
  • Pantoprazole (Protonix)
  • Ranitidine (Zantac)
  • Rabeprazole (Aciphex)


  • Aluminum and magnesium hydroxide (Maalox, Mylanta)
  • Aluminum hydroxide (Amphojel, AlternaGEL)
  • Calcium carbonate (Tums, Rolaids)
  • Magnesium hydroxide (Phillips’ Milk of Magnesia)
  • Sodium bicarbonate (Alka-Seltzer)


  • Betamethasone (Diprolene, Valisone, Luxiq)
  • Hydrocortisone (Cortef)
  • Methylprednisolone (Medrol)
  • Prednisolone (Pediapred Liquid)
  • Prednisone (Deltasone)
  • Flunisolide (Nasarel, Nasalide)
  • Futicasone (Flonase)
  • Triamcinolone (Azmacort)


  • Amoxicillin (Amoxil)
  • Azithromycin (Z-Pak)
  • Cefaclor (Ceclor)
  • Cefdinir (Omnicef)
  • Ciprofoxacin (Cipro)
  • Clarithromycin (Biaxin)
  • Doxycycline (Doryx)
  • Erythromycin (E.E.S.)
  • Levofoxacin (Levaquin)
  • Minocycline (Minocin)
  • Sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim (Bactrim, Septra)
  • Tetracycline (Sumycin)

Blood Pressure Drugs:

  • Hydralazine
  • Ethyacynic acid (Edecrin)
  • Enalapril and HCTZ (Vaseretic)
  • Valsartan and HCTZ (Diovan HCT)  
  • Bumetanide (Bumex)
  • Furosemide (Lasix)
  • Hydrochlorathiazide (HCTZ)
  • Torsemide (Demadex)
  • Candesartan and HCTZ (Atacand HCT)
  • Chlorothiazide (Diuril)
  • Chlorthalidone (Hygroton)
  • Methyclothiazide
  • Metolazone (Zaroxolyn)

Heart medications:

  • Digoxin


  • Estradiol (Activella, Climara, Combipatch, Estrace, Estraderm)  
  • Estrogen (Premphase, Prempro, Estratab)
  • Estropipate (Ogen)

Oral Contraceptives:

  • Ethinyl Estradiol and Desogestrel
  • Ethinyl Estradiol and Levonorgestrel
  • Ethinyl Estradiol and Norethindrone
  • Ethinyl Estradiol and Norgestimate

ADHD Drugs:

  • Methylphenidate (Metadate, Ritalin, Concerta)

Dark, leafy green vegetables, beans, salmon, avocados, cultured yogurt, nuts, and seeds are all great sources of magnesium that are easily absorbed by the body.

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