Posted by: Chris Maloney | June 23, 2012

Magnesium Has Many Health Benefits, But Will Not Drop Ten Pounds in Seven Days.

food sources of magnesium: bran muffins, pumpk...

food sources of magnesium: bran muffins, pumpkin seeds, barley, buckwheat flour, low-fat vanilla yogurt, trail mix, halibut steaks, garbanzo beans, lima beans, soybeans, and spinach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love magnesium.  It helps with constipation, muscle cramps, and dehydration.  If you are deficient in magnesium, it can work wonders.  My favorite form of magnesium is dark chocolate.

But despite all its health benefits, magnesium cannot meet the extraordinary claims made about it in this week’s grocery store aisles.  “Drop Ten Pounds in Seven Days.”  Only if you were really constipated and went crazy as soon as you took it.

In the process of making claims that magnesium can’t fulfill, the same magazine puts vitamin D on the spot.  Vitamin D is also something I really like as well.  It also does some amazing things if you are deficient.  But it won’t help you drop weight as claimed.

It troubles me that good, useful supplements are being set up to sell magazines.  If people believe the hype and buy the supplements they won’t get results.  Then they will assume that “alternative medicine doesn’t work.” It does, but not in that magical fashion.  I wonder if even taking amphetamines for a week would drop that kind of weight.

Just because magnesium and vitamin D won’t help you become a stick overnight, there are still good reasons to try them.  Magnesium is key in the warm weather, as most of us get enough sodium and potassium but may be short the “other” electrolyte.  During the winter months, especially in New England, supplementation with Vitamin D is useful to avoid long term problems and to support the immune system.  Talk to your doctor about these useful nutrients.



  1. Reblogged this on Daughter of the Moon.

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