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Magnesium:  Plain and Simple

Magnesium (Mg) is the most critical mineral in the body, responsible for most of its enzymatic actions.

Magnesium is foundational.

However, Magnesium is not a one-note Samba. It requires and/or depends on a supporting cast of nutrients.

So, co-factors are important to really help Mg do its thing in the body. The three most important cofactors are:

Vitamin B6 (as part of B complex)
(Selenium, Taurine and Zinc are added co-factors to improve Mg intake and retention)

Any foundation needs footers

And that includes the foundational mineral, Magnesium.

My footers are trace minerals. Small amounts of the vast range of minerals in the body.

Trace Minerals

How to measure Magnesium.

The standard serum Magnesium blood test does not measure Mg where it does its work, which is inside the cells.

So, the Magnesium RBC blood test provides a better assessment.  The CPT code is 83735.

The optimal level of Mag RBC is 6.5.

Magnesium is also one of six critical nutrients, all closely related to support good health.  


Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA
Vitamin B complex

What clobbers, depletes Magnesium?

Calcium, supplemental
Vitamin D3, supplemental
Copper, unbound
Caffeine, nicotine
Dehydration, sweating

S T R E S S !

Magnesium deficiency symptoms.

Magnesium is also one of the five critical electrolytes.

All need to be in relative balance, otherwise things can go bump in the night.

Magnesium is most vulnerable in that it is water soluble… and, hence, needs to be replenished daily.

The electrolytes are also important to the function of the adrenal glands, especially potassium, sodium and chloride.

The five electrolytes are:


Sources of Magnesium.

Ideally, all nutrients come from food.

But, supplementation may also be helpful.

Magnesium rich foods, with low calcium, its antagonist, include:

pumpkin seeds, raw, hulless
dark chocolate
unsweetened cocoa
stabilized rice bran
pine nuts

Magnesium supplements include oral as well as transdermal, IV and IM and via a nebulizer.

There may not be a relationship between price, quality and effectiveness.

What is important is finding the mix of Magnesium sources that serve you well.

These work for me, some for well over a decade:


Mag Water (Mg bicarbonate)
Milk of Magnesia, plain
Mag Phos 6X cell salts


Epsom salt (Mg sulfate) baths and compresses as well as spray

Mg chloride in Frank’s aloe vera based lotion with MSM

Mag-A-Hol,  with Mg chloride, developed by Hemant Trivedi.

What are you going to eat?  What can you do?   Fire up your body with Magnesium!

  Oral Magnesium supplements.

The rest of the helpful nutrients.

Trace minerals:  seaweed, stinging nettles, kale, parsley, unrefined sea salt; liquid minerals

Vitamin B6: stabilized rice bran, nutritional yeast; as part of the whole B complex (activated)

Boron: trace minerals, prunes, raisins; Borax, ionic boron

Bicarbonate: Mag Water, baking soda

Sodium and chloride: unrefined sea salt

Potassium: orange juice, coconut water, sweet potatoes, blackstrap molasses; potassium tablets or capsules.

Calcium: dark leafy greens, broccoli, dairy; but not by supplement unless its ratio with Mg indicates.

Zinc: oysters, beef and lamb, wheat germ; Zinc picolinate, ionic Zinc.

Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA: wild caught cold water fish like salmon, sardines, tuna, caviar, grass-fed beef, lamb, free range poultry; cod liver oil, fish oil.

Iodine:  sea weed, scallops, cod, yogurt; trace minerals, ionic iodine

Sulfur: garlic, onions, cabbage, kale, eggs; MSM

Selenium: Brazil nuts, blackstrap molasses; ionic selenium

Vitamin C: citrus fruits, peppers, kiwi, papaya, pineapple; whole food vitamin C (created with low heat as heat above 105F damages vitamin C)

Learn more about Magnesium.

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The adrenal glands like some support with potassium, sodium, chloride and whole vitamin C as found in the

Adrenal Cocktail

Morley Robbins’ clients succeed with How to Restore Magnesium.