The kidneys remove waste from the body, such as urea and creatinine; regulate and purge excess minerals such as magnesium, sodium and potassium; control the body’s water levels and blood pressure.
Kidney Disease and Magnesium
Magnesium can protect the kidneys from disease. If, however, kidney damage has already occurred, magnesium supplementation is not recommended except under the care of a healthcare professional.
Kidney stones are hard, crystallized mineral deposits that start small and grow in the kidney.
Men are four times more likely to develop kidney stones than women. The prostate gland in men enlarges as they age leading a condition called BPH (Benign Prostate Hypertrophy). This can result in difficulty emptying the bladder. The restricted flow allows chemicals and toxins to accumulate, forming crystals and stones.
Both genders agree that the passing of a kidney stone is a very painful experience.
Magnesium for Kidney Stones
Magnesium is a vital mineral partner to Vitamin B6. Together they play a crucial role in preventing the formation of kidney stones.
When animals deficient in vitamin B6 were given high levels of magnesium, they continued to show oxalic acid in the urine but they no longer converted this acid into kidney stones. Magnesium improved the utilization of calcium, having the effect of a solvent – preventing the caking and crusting, like lime in a kettle, of unassimilated calcium.
An excerpt from Dr. Whitaker’s website, “America’s most trusted wellness doctor” features a testimony from a patient:
“I used to get kidney stones regularly. Then, almost 25 years ago, I heard about taking magnesium. I’ve been taking it ever since and haven’t had a kidney stone.” —H.M., Odessa, TX
Dr. Whitaker goes on to share that Harvard researchers found that taking 180 mg of magnesium along with 10 mg of vitamin B6 daily reduced stone formation by 92.3 percent per year. Another study showed about a 90 percent reduction with magnesium alone (500 mg daily).
Magnesium Citrate is Especially Beneficial for Kidney Stones from Calcium
People who develop calcium stones in their kidneys not only have excess calcium in their urine and kidneys, they also have low levels of citrate. Citrate is a form of citric acid that inhibits calcium stone formation.
You can increase citrate levels by adding lemon juice to water. Researchers from the University of California found that drinking four ounces of lemon juice per day, diluted in water, dramatically reduced kidney stone formation.
Or, when supplementing with magnesium, choose Natural Calm’s magnesium citrate powder, which combines the benefits of magnesium plus citrate to keep your kidney functioning at its best.