Magnesium IV

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Benefits of a Magnesium IV

Magnesium is an important mineral that helps ensure optimal metabolic function. Research has shown that magnesium in different food sources is declining and magnesium depletion has been found in those with certain chronic diseases. This has led to an awareness of the right magnesium intake and its role in a number of medical conditions. Magnesium is also needed for over 300 metabolic reactions in the body and this may include cell growth and reproduction, protein synthesis, and DNA and RNA synthesis [1].


Magnesium has an important role and can significantly improve symptoms in those that suffer from common mental health disorders. Particularly, magnesium has been shown to reduce depression, reduce feelings of anxiety, and can also be beneficial in reducing chronic pain. It may also improve recovery after a stroke [1]. It has an important role in reducing the excitability of NMDA receptors and may promote relaxation psychologically. 

Different studies have shown the effectiveness of magnesium for those with severe asthma [2], migraines [1], and may also help reduce the risk of preterm labour and vaginal hemorrhaging [3]. Other areas that have shown improvement with a magnesium IV include lowering the risks of metabolic syndrome [4], in fact low magnesium has been associated with up to a 7x higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome. Magnesium can also help with leg cramps in pregnant women [5], and improving insulin metabolism and lowering the risk of heart disease and diabetes [6].

Magnesium is also helpful in reducing symptoms of fibromyalgia (including depression) and chronic fatigue syndrome [7, 8].

Magnesium intake reduces the risk of high blood pressure during pregnancy, as well as reduces the risk of preterm labour and low brith weight [5].


Signs of a magnesium deficiency can include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, weakness, and loss of appetite. When a magnesium deficiency is diagnosed, a magnesium IV may help.

This article is in no way a replacement for medical advice or medical care, it is advised that anyone concerned about their Health should speak with their Naturopathic Doctor.


  1. Kirkland, A., Sarlo, G., & Holton, K. (2018). The Role of Magnesium in Neurological Disorders. Nutrients, 10(6), 730.

  2. Schenk, P. (2001). Intravenous magnesium sulfate for bronchial hyperreactivity: A randomized, controlled, double-blind study. Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 69(5), 365–371.

  3. Spätling, L. (1993). Magnesium in obstetrics and gynecology. Gynakol Geburtshilfliche Rundsch, 33(2), 85–91.

  4. Guerrero-Romero, F., & Rodríguez-Morán, M. (2002). Low serum magnesium levels and metabolic syndrome. Acta Diabetologica, 39(4), 209–213.

  5. Rylander, R. (2015). Treatment with Magnesium in Pregnancy. AIMS Public Health, 2(4), 804–809.

  6. Purvis, J. R. (1994). Effect of oral magnesium supplementation on selected cardiovascular risk factors in non-insulin-dependent diabetics. Archives of Family Medicine, 3(6), 503–508.

  7. Bagis, S., Karabiber, M., As, I., Tamer, L., Erdogan, C., & Atalay, A. (2013). Is magnesium citrate treatment effective on pain, clinical parameters and functional status in patients with fibromyalgia? Rheumatology International, 33(1), 167–172.

  8. Cox, I., Campbell, M., & Dowson, D. (1991). Red blood cell magnesium and chronic fatigue syndrome. The Lancet, 337(8744), 757–760.