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Magnesium Improves Asthma

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 asthma.  

Magnesium improves asthma.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.

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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 magnesium.

Dietary sources include unprocessed grains, nuts, legumes, green leafy vegetables, seafood, chocolate and cocoa.

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 deficiency.

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Keith D. Bishop, Clinical Nutritionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy, Health Coach has been helping his clients improve their health using natural products, tests and self care since 1998. He is the owner and author of Natural Care Solution, www.NaturalCareSolution.com, www.MyNaturalThyroid.com and www.NaturalCancerReports.com.

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