What is Magnesium? It’s a Miracle Mineral!


Magnesium is a mineral that is responsible for the correct metabolic function of over 350 enzymes in the body. Magnesium is found in leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes and even dark chocolate. Spinach, pumpkin seeds and black beans are especially high in magnesium. However, many of us are deficient in magnesium … which might explain your chocolate cravings!

Just why do we call it a miracle mineral?

• Magnesium can help you sleep. Dr. Lipman recommends taking 1000mg before bed to help you fall and stay asleep through the night.

• Magnesium helps to balance the nervous system. Magnesium has a calming effect, which can help you relax and unwind.

• Magnesium helps to relax aching, tense muscles. Muscle soreness is a fairly common detox response when people are going through the first few days of the Cleanse program. We always recommend to drink lots of water, do gentle stretching and try taking some magnesium to help with the muscle aches, soreness or spasms.

• Magnesium can help with constipation. If you’re experiencing constipation, take 1000 mg of magnesium citrate at night, and that should get things moving by morning.

A mineral that helps you to calm down, sleep better and relieves constipation? Sounds like a miracle to me!

Another way to enjoy the benefits of magnesium is by treating yourself to an epsom salt bath. The magnesium in the salt and the hot, soothing water will help you relax and release tension. Better yet, take an epsom salt bath while nibbling some dark chocolate!

We offer Magnesium Glycinate Chelate in the Be Well Store, which will help with sleep, balancing the nervous system, and relaxing your tense muscles. If you’re specifically looking to ease constipation you want to look for Magnesium Citrate. I’ve had good results with the “Natural Calm” brand which you can find at Whole Foods or a health food store.

  • Heather Blancho

    How do I determine what is the dosage amount for a child? Thanks!

  • Onkar

    Magnesium has helped me feel calmer during a highly stressful time in my life. Now I take it regularly as a supplement for about six months with my evening meal. So far so good.

  • Kimba

    Is it safe to take magnesium citrate every night over the long-term? I’m curious about its long-term effects on the gut.

  • Jenny Sansouci

    Hi Kimba, Dr. Lipman says that most people are deficient in magnesium so it shouldn’t be a problem. We recommend paying close attention to how you’re feeling while taking it!

  • DanceInTheRain

    Our practitioner recommends Magnesium Glycinate for me and my kids. You start at 100mg/day. Every 4 days you can increase the dose by 100mg, until their stool becomes too soft or loose. Then back off by 50 mg. She says maximum dose is 800mg/day. None of us are that high.

  • Anonymous

    True, magnesium is a miracle mineral and most of us are defficient. It’s also one of the little known causes for anxiety attacks and general anxiety! (http://www.natural-alternative-therapies.com/anxiety-causes/)

  • LM

    Health coach Kerry bajaj mentioned natural calm for magnesium citrate, I checked but too many varieties. I don’t know which one I should take. Please kindly advise. Thanks!

  • LM

    I take calcium225mg/magnesium 75mg twice daily, is it too low for magnesium consumption?

  • Anonymous

    We recommend the Be Well Magnesium Glycinate supplement 2x per day, which is a total of 600mg per day. For constipation or to raise your levels more dramatically, you could double that dose.

  • Mary

    Magnesium oxide has been recommended to me for migraines. Do you recommend a specific amount? I believe they told me 400mg. I know it has helped many but can take 3 months to show its effects.

  • Ginny

    What time of the night should I take my magnesium a half hour or a hour befor bed

  • Anonymous

    Hi Ginny,

    We recommend taking it about 1 hour before bed but a 1/2 hour before works well too!

    Be Well,

  • chin ming ti

    Magnesium supplement and epsom salts was helps me a lot with my insomnia problem for about a month. However, since 3 days ago , my sleeping problems returns. What is the explaination for this and what is the next step to take? Thanks

  • Shaun Chevalier

    Calcium should never be higher than magnesium. Magnesium should be equal if not a little bit higher.

  • Hillary Kruh

    chin ming ti,

    Did you get an answer to your question regarding magnesium? The same thing happened to me.


  • T.j. Thomas

    Magnesium also helps people who have had kidney stones that were calcium-based. The magnesium helps your body process the calcium more effectively. In some cases taking magnesium every day even helped stone sufferers break down pre-existing stones as well.