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Magnesium – the Ultimate Heart Medicine

Published on December 8, 2009

Magnesium is absolutely essential for the proper functioning of the heart. Magnesium’s role in preventing heart disease and strokes is generally well accepted, yet cardiologists have not gotten up to speed with its use. Magnesium was first shown to be of value in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias in 1935. Since then there have been numerous double-blind studies showing that magnesium is beneficial for many types of arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation, ventricular premature contractions, ventricular tachycardia, and severe ventricular arrhythmias. Magnesium supplementation is also helpful in angina due to either a spasm of the coronary artery or atherosclerosis.

If you’re ever rushed to the hospital with a heart attack, intravenous magnesium could save your life. In a 1995 study, researchers found that the in-hospital death rate of those receiving IV magnesium was one-fourth that of those who received standard treatment alone. In 2003, a follow-up study of these same patients revealed an enduring effect of magnesium treatment. Nearly twice as many patients in the standard treatment group had died compared to those who received magnesium, and there were considerably more cases of heart failure and impaired heart function in the placebo group. In addition to increasing survival after heart attack, IV magnesium smoothes out arrhythmias and improves outcomes in patients undergoing angioplasty with stent placement.

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Heart palpitations, “flutters” or racing heart, otherwise called arrhythmias, usually clear up quite dramatically on 500 milligrams of magnesium citrate (or aspartate) once or twice daily or faster if given intravenously.- Dr. H. Ray Evers

A magnesium deficiency is closely associated with cardiovascular disease.[1] Lower magnesium concentrations have been found in heart attack patients[2] and administration of magnesium[3] has proven beneficial in treating ventricular arrhythmias.[4],[5],[6],[7] Fatal heart attacks are more common in areas where the water supply is deficient in magnesium and the average intake through the diet is often significantly less than the 200-400 milligrams required daily.[8]

Magnesium is proving to be very important in the maintenance of heart health and in the treatment of heart disease. Magnesium, calcium, and potassium are all effective in lowering blood pressure.[9],[10],[11],[12] Magnesium is useful in preventing death from heart attack and protects against further heart attacks.[13],[14] It also reduces the frequency and severity of ventricular arrhythmias and helps prevent complications after bypass surgery.

Magnesium deficiency appears to have caused eight million sudden coronary deaths in America during the period 1940-1994.[15]– Paul Mason

Researchers from Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago have determined that not having enough magnesium in your diet increases your chances of developing coronary artery disease. In a study of 2,977 men and women, researchers used ultrafast computed tomography (CT scans) of the chest to assess the participants’ coronary artery calcium levels. Measurements were taken at the start of the study—when the participants were 18- to 30-years old—and again 15 years later. The study concluded that dietary magnesium intake was inversely related to coronary artery calcium levels. Coronary artery calcium is considered an indicator of the blocked-artery disease known as atherosclerosis.

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Almost all adults are concerned about the condition of their heart and cardiovascular system. Some live in constant fear wondering whether any ache, cramp or pain in their upper body is a sign of a heart attack. There isn’t an adult living in North America that hasn’t lost a loved one or a family member to heart disease. The fact is heart attacks kill millions every year.

Magnesium effect on Heart

Chernow et al in a study of postoperative ICU patients found that the death rate was reduced from 41% to 13% for patients without hypomagnesemia (low magnesium levels). Other post heart surgery studies showed that patients with hypomagnesemia experienced more rhythm disorders. Time on the ventilator was longer,[16] and morbidity was higher than for patients with normal magnesium levels. Another study showed that a greater than 10% reduction of serum and intracellular magnesium concentrations was associated with a higher rate of postoperative ventricular arrhythmias. The administration of magnesium decreases the frequency of postoperative rhythm disorders[17] after cardiac surgery. Magnesium has proven its value as an adjuvant in postoperative analgesia. Patients receiving Mg required less morphine, had less discomfort and slept better during the first 48 hours than those receiving morphine alone.

It is established that clinically significant changes in a number of electrolytes occur in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF). Magnesium ions are an essential requirement for many enzyme systems, and clearly magnesium deficiency is a major risk factor for survival of CHF patients. In animal experiments, magnesium has been shown to be involved in several steps of the atherosclerotic process, and magnesium ions play an extremely important role in CHF and various cardiac arrhythmias.

Magnesium is also required for muscle relaxation.Lower magnesium levels can result in symptoms ranging from tachycardia and fibrillation toconstriction of the arteries, angina, and instant death.

Due to lack of magnesium the heart muscle can develop a spasm or cramp and stops beating. Most people, including doctors, don’t know it, but without sufficient magnesium we will die. It is important to understand that our life span will be seriously reduced if we run without sufficient magnesium in our cells and one of the principle ways our lives are cut short is through cardiac arrest (heart attack). Yet when someone dies of a heart attack doctors never say “He died from Magnesium Deficiency.” Allopathic medicine ignores the true causes of death and disease and in the field of cardiology this is telling. Magnesium is an important protective factor for death from acute myocardial infarction.[18]

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This edition offers a substantial breakthrough in cardiac medicine that could positively impact the lives of thousands of people and their families. When someone is in cardiac arrest or are having a stroke, having panic attacks with heart palpitations what is the first thing, the very first thing we would reach for? Our biological engine is seizing up (heart attack) what do we inject? For the next million years there is going to be only one answer and that answer is magnesium.

[1] Harrison, Tinsley R. Principles of Internal Medicine. 1994, 13th edition, McGraw-Hill, pp. 1106-15 and pp. 2434-35

[2] Shechter, Michael, et al. The rationale of magnesium supplementation in acute myocardial infarction: a review of the literature. Archives of Internal Medicine, Vol. 152, November 1992, pp. 2189-96

[3] Ott, Peter and Fenster, Paul. Should magnesium be part of the routine therapy for acute myocardial infarction? American Heart Journal, Vol. 124, No. 4, October 1992, pp. 1113-18

[4] Dubey, Anjani and Solomon, Richard. Magnesium, myocardial ischaemia and arrhythmias: the role of magnesium in myocardial infarction. Drugs, Vol. 37, 1989, pp. 1-7.

[5] England, Michael R., et al. Magnesium administration and dysrhythmias after cardiac surgery. Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 268, No. 17, November 4, 1992, pp. 2395-2402

[6] Yusuf, Salim, et al. Intravenous magnesium in acute myocardial infarction. Circulation, Vol. 87, No. 6, June 1993, pp. 2043-46

[7] Woods, Kent L. and Fletcher, Susan. Long-term outcome after intravenous magnesium sulphate in suspected acute myocardial infarction: the second Leicester Intravenous Magnesium Intervention Trial (LIMIT-2). The Lancet, Vol. 343, April 2, 1994, pp. 816-19

[8] Eisenberg, Mark J. Magnesium deficiency and sudden death. American Heart Journal, Vol. 124, No. 2, August 1992, pp. 544-49

[9] Supplemental dietary potassium reduced the need for antihypertensive drug therapy. Nutrition Reviews, Vol. 50, No. 5, May 1992, pp. 144-45

[10] Ascherio, Alberto, et al. A prospective study of nutritional factors and hypertension among U.S. men. Circulation, Vol. 86, No. 5, November 1992, pp. 1475-84

[11] Witteman, Jacqueline C.M., et al. Reduction of blood pressure with oral magnesium supplementation in women with mild to moderate hypertension. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 60, July 1994, pp. 129-35

[12] Geleijnse, J.M., et al. Reduction in blood pressure with a low sodium, high potassium, high magnesium salt in older subjects with mild to moderate hypertension. British Medical Journal, Vol. 309, August 13, 1994, pp. 436-40

[13] Manz, M., et al. Behandlung von herzrhythmusstorungen mit magnesium. Deutsche Medi Wochenschrifte, Vol. 115, No. 10, March 9, 1990, pp. 386-90

[14] Iseri, Lloyd T., et al. Magnesium therapy of cardiac arrhythmias in critical-care medicine. Magnesium, Vol. 8, 1989, pp. 299-306

[16] England MR, Gordon G, Salem M, Chernow B. Magnesium administration and dysrhythmias after cardiac surgery. A placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized trial. JAMA 1992; 268: 2395–402.

[17] The effect of preoperative magnesium supplementation on blood catecholamine concentrations in patients undergoing CABG. Pasternak, et al; Magnes Res. 2006 Jun;19(2):113-22;

[18] Am J Epidemiol 1996;143:456–62.

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  • Sandra Lockwood Rash

    Why do I have to find this info online?Why can’t my cardiologist tell me about this? Only the drugs that don’t fix it are expensive and are not good for me?

    • tradingfool

      I would never allow someone to micromanage my heart with drugs. More risky than going it alone with supplements

  • Bexster

    Heart palpitations disappeared in 24 hours after starting a magnesium 375mg with potassium350mg as a multi- vitamin B6+B12-iron and copper+zinc+maganese+iodene tablet once a day i.e. this is just one tablet. I can’t believe it! I have had rather scary heart palpitations for about 2 months on and off throughout the day. Got a cardiac full screen and all clear on my valves as have a fibril prolapse on one valve. But palpitations persisted. I have nails with ridges on them, plus then I started this weird eyelid flutter too, and I’d experienced cramp whilst swimming which I’ve never had previously (do triathlons)…omg…then I read about magnesium deficiency…started a strong multi vit based on magnesium and honestly this is unbelievable…**the palpitations have stopped in their tracks** – in two days no more frightening flutters, no eye lid annoyance! I actually feel a lot better too…so the product? Just a simple multi-vit for sports/athletes from a company called Abtei – Magnesium-Potassium-zinc+iron “for muscles etc”…Please note, I was not taking ANY supplements prior to this…and no ill health at all apart from the deterioration of symptoms the past few months after a long summer in triathlons. Sleep also improved, was not sleeping fully at night either…so yes, magnesium seems to do its trick…hope this post helps…

    • Dawn Craven

      So glad I have read your story I have been suffering bad palpitations recently after fracturing my ankle suffered with them prior to this but not as bad do not want to start taking beta blockers so have been looking up alternative treatment I think the pain medication I have been taking has increased my palpitations so I have now stopped taking them thank you this has helped

      • becky

        You want to watch beta blockers if you have a low resting heart rate. My doctor suggested them for me but what he dangerously didn’t realise is my resting pulse is 30 bpm – I have a very low, but healthy heart, no other symptoms all my life. BUT if he was to give me Beta Blockers, it could potentially kill me…be careful!

    • smackchumps

      Wow, this is the same exact thing happening to me! I’m going to try this! Thanks for posting this.

    • becky

      UPDATE from above post – I also cut out caffeine completely too a few weeks after I started the magnesium. I mean, I literally stopped all caffinated beverages (and I’m used to be a big coffee drinker and tea drinker), also includes dark chocolate. It’s funny, when you absolutely MUST stop, you stop – I had no issues stopping and loving my new peppermint teas and redbush teas. This made an even bigger difference. The palpitations do come back when very tired, stressed or dehydrated, but not as pronounced – much ‘softer’ and barely noticeable but I feel them. The key thing I also realised was that you MUST stop worrying about them. The panic makes them much worse and is basically unnecessary. So I’ve chilled about it all – not saying there is a 1% concern over them when I feel them, but I realise unless one has secondary symptoms like out of breath or tightness of chest, or they get worse somehow for you, then really I’d take preventative measures first before going overboard. A basic ECG and bloods taken should ease worry and start the magnesium asap – take it religiously every day.. Cardiologist is down the road, so I’m learning to live with it now but backed off on taking part in triathlons or sports ‘events’. Still do my training and sometimes go quite hard, but never push to maximum and respect recovery – the best way to enjoy your sport really…

      • Sophie

        Which form of magnesium and potassium did you take?

    • CJ

      Hello, was there a specific formulation you used?

  • marilyn

    I do believe in supplements and have heard nothing but rave reviews, yet I took my magnesium citrate last night and had a terrible bout of irregular beats all night. I hope it was just coincidental. took Inderal and attivan to try to calm it down, hours later I could at least sleep but it started again in the morning.

  • snowtrails

    I to am sold on the magic of Mg! I am 52, and had an awful Afib event last Jan, and again in April, Doctors converted me both times, and after nuclear stress tests, EKGs, MRIs, esophageal echo and normal echo tests, they could not say why I went into Afib. My own research persuaded me to start a potassium and Magnesium supplement program, and within a few days I was back to my old self.. able to run, play and work without afib events! Its been 3 months, so far so good, but last night I did have a brief episode, my “assumption” is that its been hot, been sweating a lot and I did miss a few doses,..that ends this morning. However, you have nothing to lose with a magnesium supplement, and I hope you have as great luck as I have with this…. My best!

    • Jeanne

      What brand and type magnesium did you take? Thanks

      • Frank Daniels

        I take magnesium taurate from Cardiovascular Research LTD. Check for it on amazon. It’s highly rated from the folks on the facebook page I belong to: atrial fibrillation support group. It definitely calms me down and may help, I’m new to afib.

        • Milan Lončar

          Hi Frank, mind if I ask how much mag taurate you take daily?

  • Irish Rover

    Hi. Does everyone that takes magnesium supplements have a magnesium deficiency ? My bloods come back perfect every time and i suffer badly with skipped beats

    • Teresa

      The serum Magnesium may be normal but the person still is deficient. Magnesium is more predominant in the cells so the lab test that more accurately measures Mg in the cells is the Magnesium RBC.

    • Teresa

      I too have skipped beats (PVC and PAC). My blood work for magnesium has always been normal. After 2 years of suffering, I finally went to a naturopathic doctor who did a blood test called RBC or micronutrient test. It showed I was highly deficient in magnesium even though I have been taking magnesium supplements for years. I changed from 500mg magnesium citrate to 800mg magnesium malate. It has been 1 week now and, for the first time in 2 years I have relative peace. I have a few minor skips but can’t believe how well I feel. Doctor said it could take a few weeks for the supplements to saturate the body so I am hoping for more improvement. Do not take magnesium all at once. Spread it out over the day.

    • snowtrails

      Some blood tests are only 1% accurate for the detection of magnesium in your bones and heart muscle!! A more accurate est would be a cellular test, (using cells from the inside of your cheek) but it still cant accurately measure the amount in your heart muscle or bones.

  • John M

    WOw magnesium pills right off the shelf at Walgreens cured the endless Heart Palpitations. I like the other who commented below am a healthy weight. I probably drink too much and I am sure that doesn’t help anything, but I cut back on drinking to almost nothing and started with a Magnesium – 500 mg with my regular vitamin and poof..not even one palpitation since. Now going on 6+ months I’m sure if I went to Doctor he’s have me on 10 different heart medications every day.

    • snowtrails

      Same here, (3 months for me,.. hope 6…12…etc) and I agree with you 100%!!!

  • A Herbalist

    I tried using two types of transdermal magnesium spray. Immediate itch wherever I spray it, lasting for some time. I couldn’t tell it help with my heart arrhythmias either, but with so much skin itching irritation, I was highly distracted…..

  • disqus_1AraaFuohf

    I started taking magnesium over a year ago and it helped my PVCs. Then I neglected it again. A few months ago I had to take Prilosec for acid reflux under my doctor’s advice. I also read that the acid blockers can drain mag. from your body. No wonder they came back with a vengeance! I want to wean off the acid blocker. Find a good diet that will give me less acidity. By the way, I got back on the magnesium and I felt better as far as fewer PVCs. I skipped taking the mag a few days-the PVCs returned. Started back on mag with determination not to neglect again. It took only a few hours to notice the difference, I kid you not. The first time I took the mag it onlly took a couple days to get relief. I don’t question that. I just take it and if my PVCs lessen, I gain back my sanity. My cardiologist had me on the oxide form at one time but it is weak. I have bottles of citrate mag and malate. Some lose bowels but I need that too! i lso have tense pelvic muscles that the urologist said she was sure I had. Cannot afford a therapist for pelvic therapy. Yes there is such a thing but the therapist are hard to come by and won’t take my insurance. Every man for himself.

    • smackchumps

      Take apple cider vinegar for acid reflux. It cured mine in about 30 seconds.

    • Patricia P. Tursi

      Acid deficiency is usually the cause of acid reflux. You may need more acid…not less.

  • luckygirl

    I have had scary pvc’s (diagnosed by several physicians including heart specialists) since I was around 30 years of age (I’m going on 60). Many times, I could count a skipped beat every 5-7 beats and this might last for weeks. It affected my breathing, my sleep and left me feeling drained and winded. (I am a perfect weight and am otherwise perfectly healthy). I researched possible causes and therapies for years and finally stumbled across a possible magnesium deficiency. I have been taking 100 mg of amino acid chelated magnesium twice a day for 2-3 years and can’t remember the last time I had an episode of pvc’s. I made sure my physicians knew I had started taking this supplement and also wanted to get their feedback. They said if I were taking too much, I might experience diarrhea in which case I would know to cut back but otherwise they have no concerns with my taking it. It’s discouraging to me that no one ever suggested checking for a deficiency in magnesium and neither do I hear anyone spreading the word for its potential as an easy and safe treatment.

    • Darlene A Herbalist

      Wow! You and are the same age, with PVCs starting the same time in life, etc… I also am normal weight and in very good health- other than this bothersome problem. I started taking “Heart Calm”- Which contains::(( Magnesium taurate/glycinate/Malates Chelates, Taurine, Potassium and CoQ10. )) It is capsule form. Almost immediately I quit having such bothersome problems. Mine have not gone away completely. But 90 % relief all the time. My cardiologist actually LAUGHED at me when I suggested perhaps I had a deficiency in a mineral- such as magnesium in my body!! He said I should be getting everything I need in my diet. He blew it off! And I have eaten nutritious since these started- (age 29) (and now I’m almost 60) I ignored his mocking, and looked at forums and decided to try these and they are working really good. I may try your 100 mg of amino acid chelated magnesium! (do you have a brand you take?) It may be similar to what i’m already taking….Although the one I take works well, I would love to be able to say I NEVER have them now!! thanks for sharing!

      • Josh B

        I actually ordered “Heart Calm” two days ago and am hoping it helps me out. I just started taking some off the shelf magnesium citrate I grabbed at Walgreen meanwhile.

  • Elizabeth

    Hi my name is Elizabeth and I have a son that he been getting palpitation for over 1 year know and about 6 mouth he get seizure. Know he get the palpitation first then sometime he get the seizure . My son is only 20 year old can you please help me solve this problem because I’m not getting no where with the doctors. My son could be sleep and he gets a strong palpitation and I have to jump from my bed to make sure he stay sitting down because like I say sometimes he get a seizure after that palpitation

    • JUDY

      Tell him to take Epsom salt baths 3 times a week about 2 cups in warm water , or he can take foot baths, also go and buy supplements of Magnesium Citrate he needs to take 1,500 mg daily through the day , he can divide them in 3 doses.

      • Frank Daniels

        That could be too much. The daily recommended is 200 to 400mg IIRC so check and find what works for you/him.

  • Lis

    What is the difference between normal Calcium Mg supplements containing Calcium Carbonate & Magnesium Oxide compared to Magnesium Citrate (or Aspartate). Also, how do you know if you are Magnesium Deficient? (without going to a doctor)

  • sarah willis

    Hi I read DR Sircus book on transdermal magnesium therapy and I read that a diet that is more alkaline is better, so I bought the Acid Alkaline food Guide book as well. In the Acid Alkaline food guide by (Larry Trivieri and Susan E. Brown) it states……

    “the amount of calcium and magnesium that water contains is not as important as whether these minerals occur in the form of magnesium chloride, because non chloride forms of magnesium increase alkalinity, chloride forms increase acidity, the healthiest types of water have the lowest amount of chloride”

    I am confused with the above statement as it seems to contradict Dr Sircus transdermal magnesium book where he recommends oral intake of magnesium chloride in water in conjunction with the transdermal approach
    can you please clear up this confusion??

  • Zane


    Is it possible for transdermal magnesium to take care of PVC’s immediately? I have been taking magnesium on and off for a long time now, believing it to be the cure for my PVC’s. It has never helped, and I gave up on it.

    Just today, after a particularly bad episode of PVC’s, I went into research mode and started looking into why magnesium supplementation may not work. I found out about the absorption issues, which quickly led me into discovering transdermal magnesium. I went to the health store a few hours ago and purchased a bottle of the ancient minerals spray. When I got home, i COVERED myself in it. Within half an hour, my PVC’s had stopped.

    I have had about four PVC’s over the last couple of hours, but they were very faint, and did not result in bigeminy like they usually do. Also, my heart just FEELS like it is calmer, and not inclined towards the torturous beats.

    It all seems a little too good to be true, but I can’t dispute what I am feeling right now. Why aren’t doctors being made aware of this? My GP could offer me no explanation, other than to say they are harmless.

    Here’s hoping this has all just been a simple magnesium deficiency all along!

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Absolutely its possible Zane and we at IMVA recommend that anyone prone to PVCs keep a bottle of Ancient Minerals magnesium oil handy and apply it heavily just as you did when the pvcs started. In fact Dr. Sircus has recently published an essay on this very problem . You can bring it to your MD to show him:

      Please see:

      Congratulations to you for taking your health into your own hands and finding the answer for your problem!

      • Jeffrey Patten

        Claudia, The above link to Dr. Sircus’s article on arrhythmia no longer functions. Could you provide an up-to-date link? Thanks.

        • Dear Jeffrey,

 is now the working link for the essay on magnesium shortages and atrial fibrillation.
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  • Sally

    I think I may have taken too much magnesium. 900mg oral with Natural Calm and magnesium oil-full body. I kinda feel light headed and out of it. BP and HR are normal. I have diarrhea though. When will strange feeling past and how much is too much?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      give it a day or two for your body to readjust. You reached bowel tolerance with the oral dose of Natural calm, and you will have to cut back on that amount you were taking of it. Diarrhea is the single most deterrant to getting enough magnesium in your body…..but we can go too fast at times and overload our calcium stores. If you have good kidney function any excess magnesium will be excreted in your urine.

      Drink plenty of fluids and see how you feel in a few days.

  • Tracy

    My partner has Atrial Fibliration, he had cathadar albaltion sugery this year to deal with Atrial Flutter which then turned to Fibliration. in the past 2 weeks his heart as gone out of rythym about 6 times, what would you recomend he be taking to help this. He is not on medication nor dos he want to be, so magnesium oils etc may be a good start

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Hi Tracy,

      There is no doubt about it Magnesium oil will definitely be the place to start and maybe you won’t need much else. Dr. Sircus book on the heart is a must read for you, as is the Transdermal Magnesium book so you can learn how to use it.

      Did you see the essay he recently published about Atrial Fibrillation? I don’t know if its been added to the heart book yet but you can and must read it …


  • Farida

    the doctor say i have aortic stenosis, they suggest replacement valve.I have no symptons. Dont fancy having my sturnam cracked open. Although i am 81, i feel fine and as a Yoga teacher, do 30min active yoga each morning and 15 min meditation, vegaterian, but he say there is calcium deposits, advice! would this Magnesium oil help. I DONT FANCY MAJOR SURGERY at this age, ive had a good life. thanks bye

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      The magnesium oil can certainly help though valve problems in the heart are often difficult to solve without surgery. I hope it works for you . It sounds like you have no symptoms though? no unusual heart beats, no lack of oxygen, no signs of this, no tiredness, weakness? Hopefully this means the calcium deposits are very small.

    • Jaylo O

      So did you end up having your open heart surgery? I know they can do some heart valve replacements via the blood vessel–thus avoiding having the sternum cracked open.

  • Dewy


    I recently bought PH salt which has the four essential salts but a friend told me that sodium bicarbonate is not advisable for high blood pressure reasons. I went to the website of the dealer and it states there that high BP patients should not take the supplements. I have come across many discussion that is neither for or against ie some argue that it is sodium chloride that is bad and not carbonate and carbonate actually reduce blood pressure. Please advise


    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      We have seen the study that states it is the sodium chloride and not the sodium bicarbonate that raises blood pressure.

      Its best to check your blood pressure when taking sodium bicarbonate and stop its use if it raises blood pressure too much….a few points wont make much difference though.

      But we do not know the amount of sodium or bicarbonate in the supplement you mention above so its best to follow that retailer’s direction.

      Here at the IMVA we do not feel that the recommended doses of sodium bicarbonate should cause a big rise in people unless they are sodium sensitive. This can only be determined by a trial with checking blood pressures.

  • Anil K.

    Can I use Epsom Salt instead of Magnesium Chloride

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      yes you can but the effects won’t be the same, won’t last as long and the magnesium will be excreted from the body faster.

  • gail

    I bought magnesium tablet 250mg from GNC. It says magnesium oxide and magnesium gluconate. I am taking one table two times a day. Is it the right magnesium for my heart and deibetes?. Anyone please give advice.

  • Cari

    Hello. I know a person who had an angina some months ago and he got a stent in one of the major arteries. He is being treated with aspirin, plavix and statins. I have read the stents tend to clog again after some time. My question is: are there any documented studies and statistics regarding the effects of magnesium intake on patients with stents?
    I recommended this person to take Magnesium in the form of Magnesium Chloride, which I take myself simply as a regular and preventive supplement since I have read its wonderful benefits, and I would like to know if Magnesium has been proved to prevent stents from clogging again, and how much Magnesium Chloride should a person in this case take per day, and if there are any unwanted effects of taking too much Magnesium.
    Thank you!

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      While we don’t have the statistics you are looking for there is evidence that magnesium can help prevent clotting in stents. Her is just one study done many years ago showinng this benefit in animals:

      The unwanted side effects of taking magnesium orally include diarrhea and you should work to find the dose that will work up to your bowel tolerance. IMVA recommends using Ancient Minerals magnesium oil which you use topically on your skin. This should not cause you diarrhea. You can use up to 2 oz per day….but start off with much less and work up to this amoun.

  • Dave

    Hi Claudia, am I reading this right, 1-2 oz/day? So I should finish those 8oz/237ml spray bottles in 4 to 8 days?!

    I too have atrial fibrilation, not too often tho, and I guess having ulcerative colitis doesn’t help me absorb the magnesium I need from the food… I have used mag oil for about 2 months now, my 8oz bottle is nearly empty, I guess I havent used enough… So my question is basically how much oil should I apply on my skin each day? Should I mix it up with Magnesium Bath Flakes? And how long before I can expect positive results? Can it take months?


    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Dave,

      Yes, Dr. Sircus recommends 1-2 oz of magnesium oil used daily on the skin or in baths to increase your magnesium levels which should take a few months as opposed to a year or more on oral magnesium tablets. And yes, get some bath flakes and alternate with taking a bath 1-2 timex a week. Use 2-6 cups of flakes per bath. Start slowly and increase the amount used slowly. You are probably not using enough, thought any amount will help. People often feel some type of change withing a very short period of time – within a few days- but for others it takes a little longer.

      The 8 oz spray bottle will not or should not last too long, you’re right about that!

      LL’s Magnetic Clay just announced in their newletter that they are putting on a special for their magnesium lotion and bath flakes……30% off when you use their special code “Relax30” good till March 15th!

  • Priyakant Bhatt

    Thank you!

    I like to see or I want to know:

    (1) Which is the best Magnasium Oil for external application – for massage- to help body mucles and the HEART?.

    (2)How frequently and how it should be use?

    (3)What are the sources or from where it can be bought? Please mention the supplier of this oil.

    Thank You,


    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Priyakant Bhatt,

      IMVA recommends Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil from LL’s Magnetic Clay.

      It is the most pure oil and can be used externally as well as internally (adding to water).

      LL’s Magnetic Clay has International distributors across the globe, so finding a supplier should be easy for most everyone.

      You can learn how to best use it by looking at our site on Magnesium at: or by purchasing the book Transdermal Magnesium Therapy which is the 2nd edition and will tell you just about everything you need to know.

      In general you should apply 1-2 oz/day to your skin, depending on your tolerance, size, degree of deficiency, and other conditions present.

  • Jamie Brown

    Hi Claudia,
    Happy Christmas and thank’s for you reply.
    I am in AF permanently, which is a bit of a downer I guess ;-( although the symptoms are not too noticeable, or having said that maybe I am just kind of used to the feeling? It would be great to not have this feeling every day, Have you any suggestions, I am kind of fit and healthy I cycle every day and try to eat healthy. Claudia you mentioned 5-10 sprays of Magnesium oil in a glass of water, I have been having 10-20 drops in a glass twice a day would the poor absorption rate not really make oral supplements effective?
    Also I have been trying to get X2 baths a week with Magnesium sulphate approx 5 lb in each bath but haven’t really noticed any improvements in my condition ;-(…..Best Wishes

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Happy Holidays to you too Jamie.

      Continuous atrial fibrillation is more advanced and harder to deal with than intermittent atrial fib. You may want to consider a consultation with Dr. Sircus to determine what would best help you. But the magnesium is crucial and any type of digestive problem can affect absorption of magnesium from the gut.

      Also, please note that magnesium sulfate which you are using in baths will not have the same effect as magcnesium chloride will. It has been shown by magnesium researcher Jean Durlach, that magnesium chloride’s effects last longer in the body than does magnesium sulfate which tends to be much more rapidly excreted. So for sustained effect switch to magnesium chloride.

      Please see Dr. Sircus’ essay on magnesium chloride vs magnesium sulfate:

  • Jamie Brown

    Hi, I am a 43 year old male, I was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation approx 5 years ago, I do not take any medicine for this condition, if possible could you please give me some advice with re- to returning my heart to a normal rhythm, and required doseage in ML of Magnesium Chloride Oil, for both transdermal and oral. Thank you …. Jamie 😉

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      When you start to notice an episode of atrial fibrillation immediately apply magnesium oil to your body, your arms and chest. You can also put a large amount in a bath and in a few minutes you should feel your heart rate return to normal. Also use it daily as a body spray to help bring up levels in your body. We do not recommend oral supplements though you can spray some magnesium oil into your glass of drinking water each day. put in 5-10 sprays, to your tolerance.

  • Jimmy

    Your comment about the Cochrane report leaves me confused. If the Cochrane report is biased towards big pharma, how do I know that your recommendations are not unbiased as well? Who to belive, DEFINITELY NOT BIG PHARMA!

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      The IMVA definitely is biased……toward natural, least harmful, and most affordable remedies for illness which most often happen to be non-pharmaceutical drugs.

      Here is a short exerpt from William Falloon’s article The Lethal Impact of Flawed Government posted in Life Extension Magazine. Hopefully this will help to resolve your confusion of my statement on the Cochrane Reviews.

      “Dietary supplement safety is an important topic. In what may be a revelation to a variety of misinformed, though vocal, media pundits and Internet personalities, the FDA’s post-marketing responsibilities include monitoring safety (adverse event reporting, product labeling, claims, package inserts, and accompanying literature), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulates dietary supplement advertising.3

      The most recent peer-reviewed, published article on the topic of dietary supplement safety that achieved dramatic, widespread media attention appeared in 2008, a Cochrane Database meta-analysis,4 which was essentially an updated version of a review that originally appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2007.5

      While 67 clinical trials were included in the 2008 Cochrane Database meta-analysis of dietary supplement studies that suggested an increased mortality risk, most people were not aware that 748 trials were excluded from the analysis, including 405 studies with no reports of death in study subjects ingesting dietary supplements.

      Of interest, a critical study co-author of the 2008 Cochrane Database meta-analysis has close financial and professional ties with the pharmaceutical industry as an Ambassador and Member of BioLogue’s Scientific Advisory Board,6 closely associated with the Danish Pharma Consortium,7 including pharmaceutical companies such as AstraZeneca Denmark. BioLogue’s Steering Committee members include representatives of the Danish Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry.8”

      You might also read Dr. Rath’s opinion of the Cochrane Reviews:

  • Georgie

    Intravenous magnesium for acute myocardial infarction (2009)

    This is the latest research on the effectiveness of magnesium on coronary artery disease. Please read before you make a decision.

    • claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Georgie,

      Please remember when reading this Cochrane Report, that these people doing the reviews are most likely not unbiased. I would say they are strongly biased toward pharmaceutical use, which is evident in their final conclusions recommending “Other effective treatments (aspirin, beta-blockers) should be used to treat heart attack.” We have enough evidience in the magnesium books to contradict this review. Not to mention that the studies considered in this review are most likely flawed or biased toward pharmaceutical drugs too.

  • Terri Bacsi

    I have atrial fibrillation now for 3 years. I do not take any medication. I have been taking Magnesium Glycinate, 2 – 2x/day(that is 400 mg. total per day). It is suggested by Dr. H. Ray Evers, above article, that one should take 500 mg. of magnesium (either citrate or aspartate) 2x/day or more. Which magnesium is better and why…..glycinate, citrate or aspartate? I suppose I should consider increasing my intake as it appears that according to Dr. Evers, it should rectify the irratic heart beat. Tests have been taken and no other issues are present. Please advise. Thanks.

    • claudia

      Dear Terri,

      Taking magnesium by oral means is frequently not effective, mainly due to problems in absorption. If you use magnesium oil, you will bypass these kinds of absorption issues. Taking magnesium orally usually only results in 30-40% of the magnesium being absorbed. Please read Dr. Sircus’ essay on using magnesium transdermally

      Purchase some magnesium oil from LL’s Magnetic Clay and I’ll bet you feel the difference right away!

      Claudia French

  • Tom

    I have had two heart attacks, I have a defribulator. Last year my defrib. zapped me twice during an attack of ventrical and atrial fribulation. Lab test results at the hospital showed only one out of the norm result. Low Magnesium ! Doctors private and hospital found nothing else out of order. They brought my mag. level back to normal and released me from the hospital. The emergency room doctor told me it would be a good idea to maybe take a Magnesium supplement.

    How much, who knows none of my doctors! I bought some Mag64, 64mg and take one or two a day sometimes. At this point blood tests show everything is OK! Not normal but OK, so I guess that’s OK?

    Oh! I now have two stents and 2/3 of a heart, w/defrib. Been four months. Just took two more Mag64’s after reading this web site.

  • Dee

    I have very high B/P and have experienced chest discomfort. when that happened I took magnesium and the ache went away. I was also able to sleep better.

  • Hannah Troy

    When I tried to email this page the link didn’t work..can you help? thanks Hannah