I Have Kidney Disease. Can I Use Magnesium?

One of the most requested sections from my book, The Magnesium Miracle (2017), is entitled, “Kidney Disease.” As I stated:

The NIH acknowledges a “growing burden of kidney disease.” Statistics show a sharp increase with kidney disease affecting one in 10 American adults.

So, it makes sense that more and more people are looking for alternatives to improve the structure and function of their kidneys.

Will Magnesium Hurt My Kidneys?

As early as 2013, I wrote an article, “Kidney Disease Requires Magnesium,” for Natural News, where I said:

One of the contraindications for taking magnesium is kidney failure. Unfortunately, the public and many doctors think that means magnesium should not be taken by anyone with any degree of kidney disease. That’s just not true, and I’ll explain why.

My article, “Kidney Artery Calcification Causes Kidney Disease,” gives a simple explanation of why doctors, who are uniformed about magnesium, tell patients to avoid taking it.

That’s because patients with NO kidney function, who are on dialysis, can build up high levels of magnesium if they are given IV magnesium. Those cases led to detrimental advice that you should avoid magnesium if you have ANY level of kidney disease.

Additionally, in “Kidney Disease Requires Magnesium,” I further explain:

People with kidney disease must have magnesium but it has to be in a bioavailable form. If it’s bioavailable and goes directly into the cells, then it’s not building up in the blood and trying to be eliminated through the kidneys. And if the kidneys are badly damaged magnesium is not released.

The Kidneys Require Magnesium

Now, that I’ve reassured you that taking magnesium is safe. Let me tell you why it’s necessary. In my post, “Kidney Artery Calcification Causes Kidney Disease,” I discuss the problem of calcification of the renal arteries and the role magnesium plays in dissolving calcium:

Another scenario plays out in the kidneys and bladder. If there is too much calcium in the kidneys and not enough magnesium to dissolve it, you can develop kidney stones. Calcium deposited throughout the bladder can make it rigid, lower its capacity, and lead to frequent urination and leaking. A 2015 study confirms magnesium’s role in dissolving calcium crystals in artery calcification. This study focused on aortic valve calcification at a time when there has been a huge increase in heart valve problems.

Kidney artery calcification is common in chronic kidney disease but it’s been neglected because it can’t be treated with stents or artery bypass as is done in coronary artery and carotid artery calcification.

How Do I Improve My Kidney Health?

I continue to lobby for ionized magnesium and calcium testing for the public. You can use these tests as guides to balance your magnesium to calcium ratios (I usually suggest 1:1.). So, I urge you to lobby for this type of testing, too.

I also suggest you consider using ReMag to saturate your body with magnesium. Over time, your body will use the magnesium to dissolve the calcium in your arteries.

Since kidney disease and diabetes often march hand-in-hand, consider a low carb/medium protein/high fat meal plan. I point you to my interview with Dr. Jason Fung, internationally-known nephrologist who suggests the keto diet with modified fasting to improve pancreas and kidney function.

If you wish to continue your research into this subject, please “Google” “Dr Carolyn Dean Kidney.” Additionally, if you would like to read the “Kidney Disease” excerpt from The Magnesium Miracle (2017), contact us at We would be glad to send you a copy. 


Dr. Carolyn Dean