Magnesium and Potassium Interaction

The following references strongly support the need to correct Mg deficiency in order to correct potassium serum levels. While the type of MgD present in the following are serum Mg, and since normomagnesemia MgD has not been studied, it seems prudent to me that all types of MgD should be maximally treated if KD is present..

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Magnesium Balance

INTRODUCTION

Magnesium (Mg) is an essential cofactor for more than 300 separate enzymes within the human body. Thus know to be “indispensable to the metabolism of ATP, which means that it is essential in a great many metabolic processes such as glucose utilization; synthesis of fat, protein, and nucleic acids; muscle contraction; and some membrane transport systems.”(1) Those desirous of learning more about Mg should read the excellent short review by Elin.(2)

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Phosphorus, Calcium and Magnesium Interactions

by Herbert C. Mansmann, Jr., M.D.

Phosphorus is the second most abundant element of the human body. About 80% is in bones. The RDA is 700 mg/day, and the regular diet contains 1026 mg in women and 1455 in men. Phosphorus is present as phosphate in biologic systems. It is the concentration of elemental (or inorganic) phosphorus that is measured in the clinical laboratory, although the terms phosphorus and phosphate tend to be used interchangeably.

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The Role of Zinc in Magnesium Deficiencies

by Herbert C. Mansmann, Jr. M.D.

As a child in the 1920’s, Zinc (Zn) oxide was our antibiotic ointment for all sorts of skin conditions. As a pediatrician in the 1950’s, it was still the treatment of choice for infected diaper rashes. Recently Zn lozenges have become the treatment for symptoms of the common cold, although meta-analysis of multiple clinical studies has not borne this out as being effective. Most common cold viruses grow and reside in the nose, not in the throat, so this analysis should not be unsuspected. Yet Zn is very safe and if it seems to work for you, I would recommend that one continue to use the lozenges.

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Magnesium Supplementation Dosing

by Herbert C. Mansmann, Jr. M.D.

NORMAL MAGNESIUM (Mg) INTAKE

1. The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for Mg is between 350 and 450 milligrams (mg) – (6mg per kg per day). One pound of spinach and its cooking water a day will meet this requirement for a normal adult. Green vegetables with their chlorophyll, which contains Mg are good choices, as are nuts, legumes, unpolished rice, and whole grains. But the American diet contains too many refined ingredients. If you are pregnant or ill 600 mg of Mg/day – (10 mg/kg/day), is usually required.

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Magnesium and the Heart

by Herbert C. Mansmann, Jr. M.D.

It has been known since the 1950s that alcohol is magnesuretic, causes loss of magnesium in the urine and it was suggested that alcoholics needed 7-10 mg/kg/day of Mg, rather than the recommended 6 mg/kg/day. It has since been demonstrated that they need more also because of a decreased oral Mg dietary intake. (Seelig, 1980).

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Lab Diagnosis of Magnesium Deficiency

by Herbert C. Mansmann, Jr. M.D.

The definition of magnesium deficiency (MgD) is “a reduction in the total body Mg content” (Welt 1965) (Elin 1988). This includes any test for Mg content that is decrease below the lowest normal reference level in any of the laboratory methods of measuring Mg regardless of the body sample studied. For years the medical profession has recognized that serum magnesium (sMg) less than 1.7mg/dL (1.32mEq/L or 0.7mmol/L) was diagnostic of MgD, a serious medical problem.

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Vitamins and Minerals, How Much to Take?

by Herbert C. Mansmann, Jr. M.D.

In 1990, Sheldon Saul Hendler, M.D., Ph.D., a biochemist at the University of California, San Diego, wrote “Although consumption of the so-called well-balanced diets still thought by some to supply all the vitamins (and minerals) we need in quantities sufficient for the maintenance of good health, there are many situations that place people at an increased risk for vitamin (and mineral) insufficiency (deficiency) states.

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Magnesium Deficiency Causes

by Herbert C. Mansmann, Jr. M.D.

The diet of high income Americans only contains 120 mg of Mg per 1,000 calories. The Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine has set Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) at 350 mg of elemental Mg per day. Who do you know that eats at least 3,000 calories per day? Over time this low daily intake of Mg leads to a low Total Body Mg Content.

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Self Care of Magnesium Deficiency

by Herbert C. Mansmann, Jr. M.D.

A comprehensive review of the magnesium literature failed to disclose any articles describing self-care or self-management of normomagnesemia magnesium (Mg) deficiency (NMgD) requiring oral dosing with Mg supplication (MgS). A review of eleven books on Mg, mostly research conference proceedings, likewise showed a lack of interest in this essential modality of clinical medical care.

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