Magnesium is nothing short of a miracle mineral in its healing effect
on a wide range of diseases as well as in its ability to rejuvenate the
aging body. We know that it is essential for many enzyme reactions, especially
in regard to cellular energy production, for the health of the brain and
nervous system and also for healthy teeth and bones. However, it may come
as a surprise that in the form of magnesium chloride it is also an impressive
The first prominent researcher to investigate and promote the antibiotic
effects of magnesium was a French surgeon, Prof. Pierre Delbet MD. In
1915 he was looking for a solution to cleanse wounds of soldiers, because
he found that traditionally used antiseptics actually damaged tissues
and encouraged infections instead of preventing them. In all his tests
magnesium chloride solution was by far the best. Not only was it harmless
for tissues, but it also greatly increased leucocyte activity and phagocytosis,
the destruction of microbes.
Later Prof. Delbet also performed experiments with the internal applications
of magnesium chloride and found it to be a powerful immune-stimulant.
In his experiments phagocytosis increased by up to 333%. This means after
magnesium chloride intake the same number of white blood cells destroyed
up to three times more microbes than beforehand.
Gradually Prof. Delbet found magnesium chloride to be beneficial in a
wide range of diseases. These included diseases of the digestive tract
such as colitis and gall bladder problems, Parkinson's disease, tremors
and muscle cramps; acne, eczema, psoriasis, warts and itching skin; impotence,
prostatic hypertrophy, cerebral and circulatory problems; asthma, hay
fever, urticaria and anaphylactic reactions. Hair and nails became stronger
and healthier and patients had more energy.
Prof. Delbet also found a very good preventative effect on cancer and
cured precancerous conditions such as leukoplasia, hyperkeratosis and
chronic mastitis. Epidemiological studies confirmed that regions with
magnesium-rich soil had less cancer than those with low magnesium levels.
Another French doctor, A. Neveu, cured several diphtheria patients with
magnesium chloride within two days. He also published 15 cases of poliomyelitis
that were cured within days if treatment was started immediately, or within
months if paralysis had already progressed. Neveu also found magnesium
chloride effective with asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and emphysema; pharyngitis,
tonsillitis, hoarseness, common cold, influenza, whooping cough, measles,
rubella, mumps, scarlet fever; poisoning, gastro-enteritis, boils, abscesses,
whitlow, infected wounds and osteomyelitis.
In more recent years Dr Vergini and others have confirmed these earlier
results and have added more diseases to the list of successful uses: acute
asthma attacks, shock, tetanus, herpes zoster, acute and chronic conjunctivitis,
optic neuritis, rheumatic diseases, many allergic diseases, Chronic Fatigue
Syndrome and beneficial effects in cancer therapy. In all of these cases
magnesium chloride had been used and gave much better results than other
Magnesium for Nerves
Magnesium has a calming effect on the nervous system. With this, it is
frequently used to promote good sleep. But more importantly, it can be
used to calm irritated and over-excited nerves. This is especially useful
with epileptic seizures, convulsions in pregnant women and the 'shakes'
in alcoholism. Magnesium levels are generally low in alcoholics, contributing
or causing many of their health problems. If magnesium levels are low,
the nerves lose control over muscle activity, respiration and mental processes.
Nervous fatigue, tics and twitches, tremors, irritability, hypersensitivity,
muscle spasms, restlessness, anxiety, confusion, disorientation and irregular
heartbeat all respond to increased magnesium levels. A common phenomenon
of magnesium deficiency is a sharp muscle reaction to an unexpected loud
noise. 'Memory pills' have been marketed that consist mainly of magnesium.
Many of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease can be overcome with high
magnesium supplementation, shaking can be prevented and rigidity eased.
With preeclampsia pregnant women may develop convulsions, nausea, dizziness
and headaches. In hospitals this is treated with magnesium infusions.
Because of its strong relaxing effect, magnesium helps not only to have
a better sleep but is also useful in overcoming headaches and migraines.
Even the number of suicides are linked to magnesium deficiency. The lower
the magnesium content in soil and water in a given region, the higher
are the rates of suicides.
Epilepsy is marked by abnormally low magnesium levels in the blood, spinal
fluid and brain, causing hyperexcitability in regions of the brain. There
are many reported causes of epilepsy greatly improving or disappearing
with magnesium supplementation. In a trial with 30 epileptics 450 mg of
magnesium supplied daily successfully controlled seizures. Another study
found that the lower the magnesium blood levels the more severe was the
epilepsy. In most cases magnesium works best in combination with vitamin
B6 and zinc. In sufficient concentrations, magnesium inhibits convulsions
by limiting or slowing the spread of the electric discharge from an isolated
group of brain cells to the rest of the brain. Animal studies show that
even the initial burst of firing nerve cells that starts an epileptic
attack can be suppressed with magnesium.
Magnesium for the Heart
Adequate levels of magnesium are essential for the heart muscle. Those
who die from heart attacks have very low magnesium but high calcium levels
in their heart muscles. Patients with coronary heart disease who have
been treated with large amounts of magnesium survived better than those
with drug treatment. Magnesium dilates the arteries of the heart and lowers
cholesterol and fat levels.
High calcium levels, on the other hand, constrict the heart arteries and
increase the risk of heart attacks. Calcium deposits in the walls of the
arteries contribute to the development of arteriosclerosis. The arteries
become hard and rigid, thereby restricting the blood flow and causing
high blood pressure. In addition, such inelastic blood vessels may easily
rapture and cause strokes. Countries with the highest calcium to magnesium
ratios (high calcium and low magnesium levels) in soil and water have
the highest incidence of cardiovascular disease. At the top of the list
Worldwide the intake of magnesium has been lowered and that of calcium
increased because of the heavy use of fertilisers high in calcium and
low in magnesium. With this, the intake of magnesium from our food has
steadily declined in the last fifty years, while the use of calcium-rich
fertilisers and cardiovascular disease have greatly increased at the same
Diabetics are prone to atherosclerosis, fatty degeneration of the liver
and heart disease. Diabetics have low magnesium tissue levels. They often
develop eye problems - retinopathy. Diabetics with the lowest magnesium
levels had the most severe retinopathy. The lower the magnesium content
of their water, the higher is the death rate of diabetics from cardiovascular
disease. In an American study the death rate due to diabetes was four
times higher in areas with low magnesium water levels as compared to areas
with high levels of magnesium in the water.
Magnesium for Healthy Bones & Teeth
Medical authorities claim that the widespread incidence of osteoporosis
and tooth decay in western countries can be prevented with a high calcium
intake. However, published evidence reveals that the opposite is true.
Asian and African populations with a very low intake of about 300 mg of
calcium daily have very little osteoporosis. Bantu women with an intake
of 200 to 300 mg of calcium daily have the lowest incidence of osteoporosis
in the world. In western countries with a high intake of dairy products
the average calcium intake is about 1000 mg. The higher the calcium intake,
especially in the form of cows' milk products (except butter) the higher
the incidence of osteoporosis.
Calcium, magnesium and phosphorus levels are kept in a seesaw balance
by the parathyroid hormones. If calcium goes up, magnesium goes down and
vice versa. With a low magnesium intake, calcium goes out of the bones
to increase tissue levels, while a high magnesium intake causes calcium
to go out of the tissues into the bones. A high phosphorus intake without
a high calcium or magnesium intake causes calcium to leach from the bones
and leave the body with the urine. A high phosphorus intake with high
calcium and magnesium leads to bone mineralisation.
Dr Barnett, an orthopaedic surgeon practised in two different U.S. Counties
with very different soil and water mineral levels. In Dallas County with
a high calcium and low magnesium concentration osteoporosis and hip fractures
were very common, while in Hereford with high magnesium and low calcium
these were nearly absent. In Dallas County the magnesium content of bones
was 0.5% while in Hereford it was 1.76%. In another comparison the magnesium
content in bones of osteoporosis sufferers was 0.62% while in healthy
individuals it was 1.26%.
The same applies for healthy teeth. In a New Zealand study it was found
that caries-resistant teeth had on average twice the amount of magnesium
as caries-prone teeth. The average concentration of magnesium phosphate
in bones is given as about 1%, in teeth about 1.5%, in elephant tusks
2% and in the teeth of carnivorous animals made to crush bones it is 5%.
In regard to the strength of bones and teeth think of calcium as chalk
and of magnesium as superglue. The magnesium superglue binds and transforms
the chalk into superior bones and teeth.
Cancer and Aging
Many studies have shown an increased cancer rate in regions with low magnesium
levels in soil and drinking water. In Egypt the cancer rate was only about
10% of that in Europe and America. In the rural fellah it was practically
non-existent. The main difference was an extremely high magnesium intake
of 2.5 to 3 g in these cancer-free populations, ten times more than in
most western countries.
Dr Seeger and Dr Budwig in Germany have shown that cancer is mainly the
result of a faulty energy metabolism in the powerhouses of the cells,
the mitochondria. A similar decline in energy production takes place when
we age. The great majority of enzymes involved in the production of energy
require magnesium. A healthy cell has high magnesium and low calcium levels.
Up to 30% of the energy of cells is used to pump calcium out of the cells.
The higher the calcium level and the lower the magnesium level in the
extra-cellular fluid, the harder is it for cells to pump the calcium out.
The result is that with low magnesium levels the mitochondria gradually
calcify and energy production decreases. We may say that our biochemical
age is determined by the ratio of magnesium to calcium within our cells.
Test with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome showed that magnesium supplementation
resulted in better energy levels.
We use our muscles by selectively contracting them. On the biochemical
level muscle contraction is triggered by calcium ions flowing into muscle
cells. To relax the muscle calcium is pumped out again. However, as we
age, more and more calcium remains trapped in the muscles and these become
more or less permanently contracted, leading to increasing muscle tension
and spasms. Together with calcification of the joints, this is the typical
rigidity and inflexibility of old age. The higher our intake of calcium
relative to magnesium, the faster do we calcify and age. Most of the excess
calcium in our diet ends up in our soft tissues and around joints leading
to calcification with arthritic deformations, arteriosclerosis, cataracts,
kidney stones and senility. Dr Seyle proved experimentally that biochemical
stress can lead to the pathological calcification of almost any organ.
The more stress, the more calcification, the more rapid the aging.
The Rejuvenation Mineral
In addition to its anti-microbial and immune-stimulating properties, both
magnesium as well as chloride have other important functions in keeping
us young and healthy. Chloride, of course, is required to produce a large
quantity of gastric acid each day and is also needed to stimulate starch-digesting
enzymes. Magnesium is the mineral of rejuvenation and prevents the calcification
of our organs and tissues that is characteristic of the old-age related
degeneration of our body.
Using other magnesium salts is less advantageous because these have to
be converted into chlorides in the body anyway. We may use magnesium as
oxide or carbonate but then we need to produce additional hydrochloric
acid to absorb them. Many aging individuals, especially with chronic diseases
who desperately need more magnesium cannot produce sufficient hydrochloric
acid and then cannot absorb the oxide or carbonate. Epsom salt is magnesium
sulphate. It is soluble but not well absorbed and acts mainly as a laxative.
Chelated magnesium is well absorbed but much more expensive and lacks
the beneficial contribution of the chloride ions. Orotates are good but
very expensive for the amount of magnesium that they provide and both
orotates and chelates seem to lack the infection-fighting potential of
the magnesium chloride.
Calcium and magnesium are opposites in their effects on our body structure.
As a general rule, the softer our body structure the more we need calcium,
while the more rigid and inflexible it is, the less calcium and the more
magnesium we need. Magnesium can reverse the age-related degenerative
calcification of our body structure and with this help us to rejuvenate.
Young women, children and most of all babies have soft body structures
and smooth skin with low calcium and high magnesium levels in their cells
and soft tissues. They generally need high calcium intakes. This is the
biochemistry of youth. As we age and most pronounced in old men and post-menopausal
women, we become more and more inflexible. The arteries harden to cause
arteriosclerosis, the skeletal system calcifies to cause rigidity with
fusion of the spine and joints, kidneys and other organs and glands increasingly
calcify and harden with stone formation, calcification in the eyes causes
cataracts and even the skin hardens, becoming tough and wrinkled. In this
way calcium is in the same league as oxygen and free radicals, while magnesium
works together with hydrogen and the antioxidants to keep our body structure
A gynaecologist reported that one of the first organs to calcify are the
ovaries, leading to pre-menstrual tension. When he put his patients on
a high magnesium intake their PMT vanished and they felt and looked much
younger. Most of these women said that they lost weight, increased their
energy, felt less depressed and enjoyed sex again much more than before.
For men it is equally beneficial for problems arising from an enlarged
prostate gland. Symptoms commonly improve after a period of supplementation
with magnesium chloride.
Increased magnesium intake has also been shown to be an effective way
to prevent or dissolve kidney stones and gall bladder stones, the latter
best in combination with a high lecithin intake. Activation of digestive
enzymes and bile production as well as helping to restore a healthy intestinal
flora may be the factors that make magnesium chloride so beneficial in
normalising our digestive processes, reducing any digestive discomfort,
bloating and offensive stool odours. This is in line with a reduction
of all offensive body odours, including underarm and foot odour.
Prof. Delbet used to give magnesium chloride solution routinely to his
patients with infections and for several days before any planned surgery
and was surprised by many of these patients experiencing euphoria and
bursts of energy. Magnesium chloride supposedly has a specific action
on the tetanus virus and its effects on the body. It even seems to be
protective against snakebites. Guinea pigs did not die after normally
lethal injections of snake venom and a rabbit survived a poisonous snakebite
when given magnesium chloride solution.
In addition to being the most essential mineral in our cellular energy
production, magnesium is also needed for the ingested B-vitamins to become
metabolically active. Magnesium is also essential for the synthesis of
nucleic acids, for cell division to occur, for DNA and RNA synthesis of
our genetic material, for protein as well as fatty acid synthesis. Unfortunately
magnesium deficiency at a cellular level where it counts is not easy to
diagnose, as serum magnesium levels do not correlate to muscle or cellular
magnesium levels. Instead of trying difficult tissue magnesium analysis
to find out if your health problems may be due to low magnesium levels,
it is much easier and more effective just to take more magnesium and see
Researchers at the Lille Pasteur Institute found in a prospective study
with over 4,000 men over an 18-year follow up period that high levels
of magnesium were associated with a 50 percent decrease in cancer mortality,
and a 40 percent decrease in cardiovascular and all-cause mortality ("Zinc,
Copper and Magnesium and Risks for All-Cause Cancer, and Cardiovascular
Mortality" Epidemiology, Vol. 17, No. 3, May 2006, epidem.com).
Rejuvenation by ingesting more magnesium is a slow process, especially
as the amount of magnesium that we can take is limited by its laxative
effect and the need to keep it in a reasonable balance with the calcium
and phosphorus intake. The other problem is that spastic muscles have
a poor blood and lymph circulation, which makes it difficult for the ingested
magnesium to dissolve and flush out the tissue and joint calcifications.
Therefore, we can greatly speed up the rejuvenation process by increasing
the circulation through permanently contracted muscles as with deep tissue
massage, hot and cold water applications, relaxation exercises, lymphasising
as well as packs and rubs with magnesium chloride or Epsom salts.
Hydrated magnesium chloride contains about 120 mg of magnesium per gram
or 600 mg per rounded teaspoon. It has a somewhat bitter-salty taste and
a mildly laxative effect. To improve or maintain your health you may use
up to 600 mg of magnesium daily in divided doses with meals, well diluted
in a drink or mixed with food.
With raised blood pressure, calcifications and other symptoms of magnesium
deficiency you may use 600 mg orally in addition to any transdermal application
of magnesium oil for arthritis or muscle relaxation. With low blood pressure
you may use about 300 mg of magnesium daily in addition to some extra
calcium. As a source of calcium you may dissolve some self-made eggshell
powder in citrus juice or vinegar. Actual amounts are not important as
the body absorbs only as much as it needs.
For daily use it will be more convenient to dissolve the magnesium chloride
in water. You may dissolve 10 lightly rounded teaspoons of the crystals
in a medium size glass of water or, more accurately, 50g in 150 ml of
water. Decant and discard any undissolved residue. One teaspoon of this
solution three times daily with food or drink provides a daily intake
of about 600 mg of magnesium. Alternatively you may fill a jar half full
with magnesium chloride flakes and then to the top with water. This provides
similar amounts of magnesium.
Individuals with very sensitive taste buds may start using it in tiny
amounts mixed with strongly flavoured food and increase doses very gradually.
You may start adding one drop to a glass of water or mixed with a meal.
If that is alright, then next time add two drops, and then three until
it starts tasting unpleasant. Cut back temporarily, but after another
week or two you may not taste it anymore and you can start adding further
drops until you reach the desired intake. I had many people complaining
that they cannot use it because they had started taking it in too high
a dose or too concentrated.
While for some conditions it can be helpful to take a larger amount and
wash it down with a drink, you need to be careful as this can easily upset
the stomach. For everyday use I recommend adding it in small amounts to
food and drink so that it is present in amounts that would be normally
present in water and food with a high mineral content. It definitely should
not taste unpleasant, and in most cases the actual amount used every day
is not that important.
This same solution may also be used as a pack over tumours and infected,
inflamed, painful, stiff or calcified joints, muscles, adhesions or scar
tissue. It is also excellent to use a weak solution as a back rub and
all over the body to relax tense muscles anywhere and even to rejuvenate
ageing skin. For sensitive skin use it in a strongly diluted form. On
wounds it was commonly used in a 4% solution that is 4 g or a level teaspoon
in 100 ml or a small glass of water.
With acute infections dissolve 40 g or 8 slightly rounded teaspoons in
1 liter of water. With children commonly a small glassful or 125 ml has
been used every 6 hours. Adults may double this dose by drinking this
amount every 3 hours or even more until diarrhoea develops and then cut
back to a maintenance intake just below the level of diarrhoea until the
infection has cleared. If you have sensitive taste buds the taste may
be rather unpleasant in this concentrated form. Therefore try to drink
it in one gulp while pinching your nose and quickly drink something pleasant
For general relaxation as well as for back pain and arthritic or muscle
pain and stiffness either magnesium chloride or Epsom salts may be used.
Both are excellent to soak in a hot bath with the addition of up to 1
kg of magnesium salts. Also hot magnesium salt packs may be used over
stiff or painful muscles and joints. Keep warm for one to two hours with
a hot water bottle.
There is also a non-hydrated or desiccated magnesium chloride available;
it contains approximately twice as much magnesium as the hydrated product.
If using this then just half the amounts indicated above. It is now also
available in tablet form but more expensive.
Instead of magnesium chloride, you may use the brine from the production
of sea salt. It has the advantage of having more trace minerals than the
technical magnesium chloride, but due to its high content of magnesium
sulphate it is also rather bitter. While magnesium chloride does have
a laxative effect, magnesium sulphate or Epsom salts is much better suitable
if used purely as a laxative because it is less well absorbed and therefore
attracts more water into the intestines.
While a higher magnesium intake is beneficial for most individuals, those
with low blood pressure usually require more calcium in addition. Normal
blood pressure is about 120/80; the lower it is the higher should be the
daily intake of calcium. While those with high blood pressure may benefit
from ingesting up to twice as much magnesium as calcium, those with low
blood pressure may take twice as much calcium as magnesium, but both minerals
in relatively high amounts. Those with low blood pressure and a tendency
towards inflammations may also reduce their intake of phosphorus. A high
level of phosphorus in the blood tends to cause magnesium and calcium
levels to be low.
Normally a good diet should provide all necessary vitamins and minerals.
Presently supplementation is often indicated because of malabsorption,
poor dietary choices, metabolic defects, and specific diseases. Also some
drugs, such as diuretic and antibiotics may cause magnesium deficiency.
When supplementing with magnesium or other vitamins and minerals, the
balance with related nutrients, such as calcium and phosphorus, and also
the fluid intake, are usually more important than the absolute intake
of magnesium or any other single nutrient. If in doubt consult a qualified
Magnesium Oil is a concentrated and nearly saturated solution of magnesium
chloride in water. It is called “oil” because of the smooth oily feeling
when rubbed onto the skin. Magnesium is relatively easily absorbed through
the skin, and in this way is an effective way to relax tense muscles and
improve arthritic joint problems. It is especially good for low back pain.
CAUTION: Magnesium supplementation should be avoided with severe kidney
problems (severe renal insufficiency when on dialysis), and also with
myasthenia gravis. Be careful with severe adrenal weakness or with low
blood pressure. Too much magnesium can cause muscle weakness, if this
happens temporarily use more calcium. Signs of excess magnesium (hypermagnesia)
can be similar to magnesium deficiency and include changes in mental status,
nausea, diarrhoea, appetite loss, muscle weakness, difficulty breathing,
extremely low blood pressure, and irregular heartbeat.
Magnesium is mainly found inside the cells, it activates many enzymes
and is necessary for the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and amino acids.
It is essential for the functions of muscles and nerves and for the formation
of bones and teeth. Generally it counteracts and regulates the influence
Some early signs of magnesium deficiency are loss of appetite, nausea,
vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. Increased deficiency may show as numbness,
tingling, muscle contractions and cramps, seizures, personality changes,
abnormal heart rhythms, and coronary spasms. Severe deficiency results
in low levels of calcium in the blood (hypocalcemia), and is also associated
with low levels of potassium in the blood (hypokalemia).
Deficiency Symptoms & Increased Requirements:
CIRCULATION: angina, arteriosclerosis/atherosclerosis,
diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, heart infarcts, , strokes, tachycardia
(fast pulse), thrombosis.
DIGESTIVE SYSTEM: colic, constipation, chronic diarrhoea,
malabsorption, pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).
MUSCLES: backache, convulsions, cramps, increased excitability/jumpiness,
numbness, nystagmus (rapid eye movements), spasms, tense/tight muscles,
NERVOUS SYSTEM: apathy, confusion, depression, disorientation,
epilepsy, hallucinations, irritability, mental illness, multiple sclerosis,
nervousness, neuritis paranoia, Parkinson's disease, poor memory, senility.
GENERAL: alcoholism, arthritis, body odours, broken bones,
calcification in any organ, cancer, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, diabetes,
eclampsia, headaches, infections and inflammations, liver cirrhosis, lupus
erythematosus, migraines, old age, prostate problems, rickets, rigidity
- mental and physical, skin wrinkled and tough, stiffness, stone-formation
in gall bladder or kidneys, thyroid overactive.