Magnesium & Stroke

PictureWhen there is excess calcium in the body, without adequate magnesium, issues of calcification and blood clotting can arise.

It has been said that the ‘most common cause of stroke in the adult population is due to atherosclerosis.’[1] Correspondingly, it has also been said that the most common cause of stroke is the blockage of an artery by a clot.

Either way, magnesium prevents both the formation of blood clots and atherosclerosis besides many other serious or even fatal conditions.

With regard to magnesium and strokes:  
  1. Magnesium opens up blood vessels and protects and inner layer of blood vessels.

  2. Magnesium = natural statin to keep cholesterol in check.[2]

  3. Magnesium is beneficial for hypertension; atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis, and diabetic complications, thus reducing any risk of stroke.

  4. When magnesium and blood sugar levels are both low, the glutamate part of monosodium glutamate (MSG) causes the death of brain cells after entering them. Magnesium protects the brain from the toxic effects of food additives and other chemicals.[3]

  5. Magnesium is given to all surgical patients by good neurosurgeons as it helps the brain recover from surgery and aids in preventing post-surgical strokes, or makes them less damaging.[4]

  6. With treatments such as the RELOX procedure in the U.S., the prescription of intravenous Magnesium as part of the procedure has seen miraculous results in the recovery of stroke patients. One patient who was completely paralyzed on his left side and was able to walk within ten days of daily treatments. [5]

[1] Assoc Prof Tan Kay Sin, “Uncommon causes of stroke.” The Star. 25 January 2009 [accessed: 01.12.2010] <>
[2] Mildred S. Seeling and Andrea Rosanoff, ‘The Magnesium Factor’, (New York: Avery Books, 2003) pp.126-7
[3] Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., ‘The Magnesium Miracle’,  (New York: Ballantine Books, 2007) p74
[4] Ibid., p81
[5] Ibid., pp. 79-80