Dr. David Brownstein, M.D., is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. He is editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Magnesium and Bone Health

Monday, 10 Dec 2012 08:39 AM

Question: In addition to calcium, is magnesium another mineral that is important for bone health?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

The media leads us to believe that we only need calcium for strong bones. In fact, you cannot have a strong skeleton without sufficient magnesium. It is just as important as calcium for several reasons, including:

1. Magnesium is an essential building block of our bodies and makes up close to 1 percent of our body weight.

2. More than 50 percent of magnesium is in our bones.

3. Magnesium is necessary for proper calcium absorption.

4. Higher magnesium intake is associated with greater bone mineral density.

5. Magnesium helps to neutralize an acid in our bodies, which would otherwise cause bone loss.

Although I recommend taking supplements, the best way to ensure an optimal magnesium level is to eat healthy food. A diet full of refined sugar, salt, oil, and flour is devitalized and guaranteed to be deficient in this vital mineral.

The best sources of magnesium include:

• Almonds, peanuts
• Avocado
• Green vegetables such as spinach and peas
• Halibut
• Lentils
• Long-grained brown rice
• Peanut butter
• Potato, baked with skin

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