Magnesium Citrate and Kidney Stones
Some Doctors recommend a daily dose of 500 mg. of magnesium citrate
to help prevent kidney stone formation and even reduce existing kidney
stone size, while other physicians recommend potassium citrate for their
The aim is to increase urinary citrate. Citrate binds with
urinary calcium and thereby prevents the formation of calcium stones,
the most prevalent of which are calcium oxalate stones. It also makes
the urine less acidic which reduces the likelihood of calcium oxalate
stones as well as uric acid stones.
In some cases magnesium is combined with potassium and citrate to
treat kidney stones. Studies have shown a significant reduction in
stone formation of those who have taken a magnesium citrate/potassium
citrate combination as compared to a placebo.
deficiency can lead to all sorts of other health maladies including:
anxiety, asthma, blood clots, constipation, cystitis, heart disease and
diabetes, just to name a few. Magnesium is required to process calcium
The Magnesium Miracle
An excellent resource on magnesium and its benefits is "The
Magnesium Miracle" by Carolyn Dean. Readers have given the book 4.5
stars on Amazon for being well written and documented. Here is just a
sample of a favorable review:
In "The Magnesium Miracle," author Dean makes her case for the
importance of magnesium. It is her hope that we increase our magnesium
intake, improve our health, and share our newly-found knowledge about
this mineral with others, including our physicians.
The public and the medical establishment are unaware of the
importance of magnesium to health....Dean lists many of the conditions
resulting from a magnesium deficiency which includes, but is not limited
to: anxiety and depression, migraines and pain, strokes, heart disease,
obesity, PMS, infertility, osteoporosis and kidney stones. Dean's book
is an eye-opener for physicians and lay people on the enormous benefits
Another way to increase citrate levels in the urine is to drink fluids high in citrate. Here are some good
kidney stone beverages.
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