Magnesium Monograph

Scientific name of Magnesium:
Magnesium oxide

Action of Magnesium:
Maintains neurotransmitter productivity, blood vessels, bones and skin

Magnesium is used for these common wellness concerns:
Lack of focus, mental sharpness and fatigue caused by everyday stress; occasional sleep difficulty

Find Magnesium in these Clarocet blends:

An Overview of Magnesium

Magnesium is an essential mineral that is needed by every cell in the body. Good sources of Magnesium include spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables, apples, bananas, whole grains, soybeans, nuts, dairy products and seafood.

Magnesium supplementation has been shown to provide positive support for:

  • Fatigue
  • Emotional stress
  • Lack of focus or mental clarity
  • Sleep difficulty

Magnesium is a trace element that the body is unable to produce on its own. Therefore, it must be replenished everyday through the diet. Magnesium deficiencies may result in tiredness and weakness, hyper-emotionality, anxiety, headaches, light-headedness and sleep difficulty.

Science and Pharmacology of Magnesium

Magnesium is considered to be a cofactor. Cofactors are the single most important set of components required to maintain fundamental processes throughout the body. Basic nervous system functions such as neurotransmitter synthesis and healthy cell-to-cell communication would not be possible without the presence of necessary vitamin, mineral and amino acid cofactors.

Supplementing a balanced diet with Magnesium has been clinically shown to support healthy nervous system function, promote focus and mental clarity, stimulate energy metabolism, and improve sleep quality. Because of its nutritional value, Magnesium is formulated along with other essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids to help maintain physical and emotional wellness.

Magnesium Safety and Usage

Recommended Daily Allowances (RDAs) are the amounts of vitamins and minerals needed to provide for adequate nutrition in most healthy persons. RDAs for a given nutrient may vary depending on a person’s age, sex and physical condition, including considerations like pregnancy.

This chart shows the recommended daily amounts of Magnesium for different groups:

Infants and children (Birth to 3  years) 40 – 80mg
4 to 6 years of age 120 mg
7 to 10 years of age 170 mg
Adolescent and adult males 270 – 400mg
Adolescent and adult females 280 – 300 mg
Pregnant females 320 mg
Breastfeeding females 320 mg

What are the potential side effects of Magnesium?

Side effects have not been reported as a result of Magnesium use.

Is Magnesium safe for children?

Magnesium is generally well tolerated when used in children. Because each child is unique, Magnesium should be administered under the supervision of a professional healthcare provider.

Does Magnesium adversely interact with prescription drugs?

Magnesium has no known contraindications. If you are taking a prescription medication, it is recommended that you consult with your prescribing doctor before making any changes or additions to your current treatment plan.

What precautions should I take before beginning Magnesium?

Consult with your healthcare provider before beginning a wellness plan that includes dietary supplements like Magnesium.

Magnesium Clinical Studies

1. Latent tetany and anxiety, marginal magnesium deficit, and normocalcemia.
Seelig MS, Berger AR, Spielholz N.
Dis Nerv Syst. 1975 Aug;36(8):461-5. PMID: 1164868 [Read the Abstract]

2. Magnesium, schizophrenia and manic-depressive disease.
Kirov GK, Tsachev KN.
Psychiatric Ward, District General Hospital, Bulgaria.
Neuropsychobiology. 1990;23(2):79-81. PMID: 2077436 [Read the Abstract]

3. Depression and magnesium deficiency.
Rasmussen HH, Mortensen PB, Jensen IW.
Department of Geriatric Medicine, Denmark.
Int J Psychiatry Med. 1989;19(1):57-63. PMID: 2722406 [Read the Abstract]

Durlach J., Durlach V., Bara M., Guiet-Bara A.
SDRM, Hôpital St. Vincent-de-Paul, Hôpital Robert Debré, Laboratoire de Biologie de la Reproduction, France.
Review: P1., Ch5. SecB. Review: 1988, 1992 [Read the Full Text]

5. The effects of magnesium physiological supplementation on hyperactivity in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Positive response to magnesium oral loading test.
Starobrat-Hermelin B, Kozielec T.
Department of Family Medicine, Pomeranian Medical Academy, Poland.
Magnes Res. 1997 Jun;10(2):149-56. PMID: 9368236 [Read the Abstract]

6. Magnesium Supplements (Systemic)
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Micromedix, Inc.
Medline Plus; Rev.: Jul. 11, 1995 [Read the Full Text]

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Last Updated: February 2015 [PHMF-03-0]