Written by Keith D. Bishop, Clinical Nutritionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy - February 16, 2010
Long term oral magnesium supplementation improved asthma control and quality of life in adults with
Researchers studied 55 men and women aged 21 to 55 years with mild to
moderate asthma and who used asthma medications. The participants were randomly assigned to consume 170 mg of
magnesium twice a day or placebo for 6.5 months.
Those taking magnesium saw significant improvement in both their peak expiratory flow rate and metacholine
challenge results. Asthma quality of life scores improved significantly in the magnesium supplement group compared
to those taking placebo.
Reference Source: Kazaks AG, Uriu-Adams JY, Albertson TE, et al. Effect of oral magnesium supplementation on
measures of airway resistance and subjective assessment of asthma control and quality of life in men and women with
mild to moderate asthma: a randomized placebo controlled trial. Journal of Asthma. Feb2010;47(1):83-92.
Natural Care Solution Pearl
I’ve been successfully using magnesium for my clients and family with asthma for 13 years. Magnesium appears to
relax the lungs, muscles, intestines, heart, uterus and blood vessels.
Magnesium (Mg) is an essential trace mineral involved in over 300 metabolic reactions including cellular energy
generation, nucleic acid production (DNA, RNA), and protein synthesis.
Signs/symptoms of magnesium deficiency include: fatigue, confusion, irritability, weakness, hypertension, heart
disturbance, loss of appetite, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, problems with nerve conduction, and problems
with muscle contraction and relaxation.
The RDA for Magnesium is 400 mg per day. Magnesium glycinate is one of the best absorbed supplement sources of
Dietary sources include unprocessed grains, nuts, legumes, green leafy vegetables, seafood, chocolate and
Stomach acid is necessary to separate the magnesium from its electrostatic bond. Vitamin D then helps you absorb
magnesium from your digestive tract. Low stomach acid and low vitamin D3 will each contribute to a magnesium
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