Magnesium and bone health


The study below found some significant facts regarding health effects of certain food.  This is an attempt by us to interpret the findings so that it could be implemented in everyday health practices.  It has to be understood that good eating habits are necessary for optimal health and that means that a variety of good foods have to be consumed every day.  We do believe that some food has medicinal value and could be used to help in the prevention and support of treatment in certain illnesses.  However, if it is not part of a good nutritious diet, it might lose its value.    Although we do believe in the power of natural food, we absolutely do not claim to cure any disease through the consumption of specific foods.


Ryder KM et al, Magnesium intake from food and supplements is associated with bone mineral density in healthy older white subjects.  J Am Geriatr Soc. 2005 Nov;53(11):1875-80. Pubmed 16274367


Two thousand thirty-eight older black and white men and women aged 70 to 79 at baseline enrolled in the Health, Aging and Body Composition Study.  These patients were assessed for magnesium intake and for bone mineral density – an indicator of osteoporosis.  It was concluded that there was a positive correlation between magnesium intake and bone health only when calcium was optimally regulated in the body.  This shows the importance of these minerals working together and not individually. 



Zofková I, Kancheva RL.  The relationship between magnesium and calciotropic hormones.  Magnes Res. 1995 Mar;8(1):77-84.


Calciotropic hormones are the hormones regulating bone health.  This is an article explaining the importance of normal levels of magnesium in this whole process.  Magnesium is responsible for the normal functioning of the parathyroid gland, which regulates both calcium and magnesium levels in the body.  It also helps with the metabolism of vitamin D, a key factor in bone health.  Magnesium is also a key factor in the regulation of calcium movement in the body between the soft tissues and bone.  This article suggest that appropriate attention should be paid to the early diagnosis and treatment of magnesium imbalance.


Jeri W Nieves.  Osteoporosis: the role of micronutrients.  Am J Clin Nutr 2005;81(suppl):1232S–9S



This article underlines the importance that nutrition plays in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.  The authors of this article shows that calcium and vitamin D are the most important role players in this regard and should be supplemented.  They also suggest a daily intake of a healthy dose of fruits and vegetables to ensure adequate levels of magnesium, potassium, vitamins C and K and other micronutrients which also support healthy formation of bone.