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Archive for the 'Magnesium' Category

Increasing popularity of dietary supplements

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Dietary supplement use has steadily increased since the 1970s.

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health estimated dietary supplement use based on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2003–2006, a nationally representative survey. (more…)

Dietary supplements and the risk of death in older women

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Dietary supplements are commonly taken to prevent chronic disease.

Researchers in Finland, Norway, and the Republic of Korea studied the long-term health consequences. (more…)

Effect of proton pump inhibitors on magnesium

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

FDA advises that prescription proton pump inhibitor drugs may cause low magnesium blood levels (hypomagnesemia) if taken, in most cases, longer than one year.

Proton pump inhibitors reduce the amount of acid in the stomach and treat conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), peptic ulcers, and inflammation of the esophagus. (more…)

Reviewing non-pharmacological options to prevent migraine

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

At the University of Turin, in Italy, researchers reviewed the evidence.

And contributors to the US Headache Consortium tell us why it’s important. (more…)

Nutritional herbal supplements for treating anxiety

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Approximately 6.8 million Americans suffer from generalized anxiety disorder. It’s not surprising then that there’s interest in finding effective natural treatments.

The Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation, in Los Angeles, California, reviewed the evidence for passionflower, lysine, magnesium, kava, and St John’s wort, alone or in combination. (more…)

Reviewing herbs, vitamins, and minerals in treating premenstrual syndrome

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

menopauseResearchers from Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia reviewed the evidence and make recommendations for women experiencing symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). (more…)

Little evidence supports CAM for childhood headaches

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Dr. Stewart Tepper from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio reports that “parents frequently ask healthcare professionals to provide ‘natural’ migraine care for their children.” (more…)

Effect of magnesium on blood pressure

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

It lowered blood pressure in adults with hypertension, but not in people with normal blood pressure. (more…)

Foods and supplements to help manage migraine

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Reviewers from The New York Headache Center concluded, “The identification of food triggers, with the help of food diaries, is an inexpensive way to reduce migraine headaches.”

Here’s their list of triggers and treatments. (more…)

Calcium, magnesium, and the risk of type 2 diabetes

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Dietary calcium and magnesium may protect Chinese women from developing type 2 diabetes, according to researchers at Shanghai Cancer Institute in China. (more…)

Treating ADHD with supplements

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Researchers from the University of Canterbury, at Christchurch, New Zealand reviewed the evidence supporting the use of nutritional and herbal supplements to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). (more…)

Giving magnesium to women at risk for preterm birth

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Babies born too early (preterm) have a higher risk of dying in the first weeks of life, and those who survive often have damage in the form of cerebral palsy

This Cochrane review identified positive effects of magnesium sulphate when given to women at risk of preterm birth. (more…)

Lowering the risk of gallstones with magnesium

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

The results of this study almost support an old home remedy. (more…)

Recommendations from Harvard for bone health

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

The Harvard Women’s Health Watch has published recommendations to lower the risk of fractures due to osteoporosis.

I supplemented their recommendations with references. (more…)

Review of herbal medicines in gynecology

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Dr. Cathi Dennehy from the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of California San Francisco has reviewed the evidence.

I was surprised by her assessment of black cohosh for menopausal symptoms.

Here’s a summary of her findings.


The NCCAM view of CAM for fibromyalgia

Friday, July 11th, 2008

The National Center for CAM (NCCAM) has summarized the state of the science. (more…)

Reducing the risk of cerebral palsy with magnesium

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

Magnesium sulfate is given to prevent seizures in pregnant women with preeclampsia (high blood pressure, edema, and protein in the urine) and to inhibit preterm labor.

This Medscape report from the meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine states that injections of magnesium sulfate may protect against moderate to severe cerebral palsy. (more…)

Eating cereals high in fiber and magnesium might lower the risk of type 2 diabetes

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

Researchers from the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke in Nuthetal monitored more than 2500 adults from 1994 to 2005. (more…)

Magnesium and the metabolic syndrome

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

Fifteen years after enrollment of more than 600 people between 18 and 30 years of age, researchers from the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago report that higher magnesium intake is associated with a lower risk of the metabolic syndrome.

The results are interesting, but what’s the action plan for the average person?


Magnesium and the metabolic syndrome

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

Young adults with higher magnesium intake have a lower risk of developing the metabolic syndrome. This is the conclusion from an April 2006 article published in the journal Circulation.

Here are the details. (more…)