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 together with vitamin B6 plays 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.
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 in kidney stones with magnesium alone (500 mg daily).
Magnesium Citrate Recommended 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.