Simple uses for magnesium

Author: Dr. Michelle Durkin on 5 July 2016



Magnesium is probably one of the most important minerals we need in our bodies, yet is one that easily becomes deficient. Magnesium is responsible for over 200 different enzymatic reactions in the body and is one of the first minerals I think about for treating menstrual cramps, restless leg syndrome, constipation, muscle spasms or twitching, and difficulty falling asleep.



  1. For menstrual cramps: take 800 - 1200 mg of magnesium glycinate for 3-7 days before your period starts, and for the first 2 days of your period.
  2. For restless leg syndrome: take 600 -1200 mg of magnesium glycinate before bed.
  3. For constipation: 400 - 600 mg of magnesium citrate before bed, or up to 600 mg twice daily until it starts working, which should be in just a few days after starting it.
  4. For eye twitches and other muscle twitches or cramps: take 1200 mg of magnesium glycinate daily until the symptom is completely gone, then take 600 - 1000 mg daily for several months.
  5. For difficulty falling asleep: take 600 - 1200 mg of magnesium glycinate before bed.

Now I would love to hear from you! Is magnesium part of your supplement routine and why? Leave your comments below and I'll be back next week with another Doctor as Teacher Tuesday.

4 Replies to “Simple uses for magnesium”

diet conscious

You do not mention magnesium chloride at all. I have found” Ion Mag” 10 drops twice a day very helpful with restless leg syndrome. Should I consider changing to magnesium glycinate?

Dr Michelle Durkin ND

Magnesium chloride is a suitable form as well but not the preferred one for muscles. See which one works best for you.


Is there any credible literature out there indicating magnesium glycinate or any other supplement has produced good results for people with tourrettes syndrome?

Dr Michelle Durkin ND

There is very little research on this specific indication but here is one published study that supports it’s use in intravenous form:
The authors wrote in their summary “this prior study showed that the treatment produced a significant decrease in the YGTSS score, with no side effects. Nevertheless, this was a pilot study, with methodological limitations that we seek to overcome in the present protocol”.

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