Brain Drain – Preventing Magnesium Deficiency in the Brain – Carolyn Dean MD ND

Increasing magnesium intake may be a valid strategy to enhance cognitive abilities. This comes on the heels of much research and speculation that inadequate levels of magnesium could impair cognitive function, leading to faster deterioration of memory in aging humans.

That’s not all! Research is now finding that magnesium deficiency may contribute to many health conditions within the brain such as depression, anxiety, Alzheimer’s, insomnia, migraines, and Parkinson’s. Magnesium expert  Dr. Carolyn Dean has provided compelling research and 600 medical and scientific references in her newest edition of The Magnesium Miracle 2017 Edition, many of which refer directly to the function of the central nervous system.

The following excerpts citing magnesium’s role in the brain function and cognition is taken from The Magnesium Miracle, 2017 Edition: 

Stroke: The U.S. population, deficient in magnesium, is at greater risk for stroke with severe post-stroke complications. There can be poor recovery from head injury and escalating neurological damage. Lack of magnesium can enhance neurotoxin damage from vast numbers of chemicals in our air, food, and water.

* Brain Trauma: Higher magnesium levels are associated with a better recovery, and giving magnesium will create a better healing outcome. IV magnesium sulfate significantly reduces brain edema following brain injury and is used to treat patients with severe TBI without adverse effects. This is crucial information to give your doctor if your child suffers a head injury or any family member is involved in a motor vehicle accident. Good Neurosurgeons give IV magnesium to all their surgical patients.

* Diuretics Dry Out The Brain: A journal case study reported that an elderly woman’s Serum Magnesium level became depleted due to a diuretic she was taking for hypertension. She was admitted to the hospital with severe weakness and developed an overt psychosis with paranoid delusions. Following large intravenous doses of magnesium, her symptoms disappeared within twenty-four hours. However, her symptoms returned as long as she was taking the diuretic. People who are prescribed diuretics should check with their doctor about taking at least 600 mg a day of supplemental magnesium in divided doses. In that way, many of the side effects of diuretics can be avoided.

* Aging: French magnesium researcher Dr. Pierre Delbet, who practiced in the early 1900s, was convinced that the aging body’s tissues have three times more calcium than magnesium. He knew that calcium precipitates out into tissues that are deficient in magnesium. He observed the toxicity of excess calcium in the testicles, brain, and other tissues and concluded almost a century ago that magnesium deficiency plays a role in senility.

* Memory: Research at MIT, however, produced a study in 2004 that elevates magnesium to the position of memory enhancer. Particular brain receptors important for learning and memory depend on magnesium for their regulation. The researchers describe magnesium as an absolutely necessary component of the cerebrospinal fluid in order to keep these learning and memory receptors active. The term they use for this activity, interactivity, and changeability is plasticity.

* Fear: MIT researcher found that “As predicted by our theory, increasing the concentration of magnesium and reducing the background level of noise led to the largest increases of plasticity ever reported in scientific literature.” In English, that statement simply means that magnesium reduces the physical reaction to fear, which can only be a good thing!

* Treating Telomeres: A telomere is an essential part of chromosomes that affect how our cells age. Telomeres are the caps at the ends of chromosomes that protect them from unraveling or getting attached to another chromosome. The current research on aging is firmly tied up with telomeres. It should come as no surprise that magnesium is tightly wrapped up with telomeres. But the real shock is how few researchers are focusing on the miracle of magnesium in keeping telomeres from unraveling. Instead, they are looking for drugs or formulating expensive supplements to save the telomeres – ignoring the solution that’s right before their eyes.

* Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s: There is evidence that magnesium deficiency can trigger or worsen Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. These conditions are the neurological equivalent of heart disease. After all, both heart and brain are excitable tissues that give off electrical energy, and both must have magnesium. For maintaining plasticity of synapses an adequate magnesium level is imperative. Magnesium is required for hundreds of enzyme functions within brain cells that control memory and cellular function.

Low magnesium levels cannot be diagnosed by lab tests alone warns Dr. Carolyn Dean. The most common magnesium test, a serum magnesium test, is not an accurate reflection of how much magnesium is in your tissues. Relying solely on blood tests and not on signs and symptoms can lead to a misdiagnosis. If you are struggling with some of these symptoms then daily dosing with ReMag is encouraged.

And, YES, ReMag is hands-down the best magnesium supplement to use to achieve saturation – or sufficiency levels of magnesium in the brain! ALL magnesium crosses the blood-brain barrier so getting a highly absorbed, concentrated magnesium that doesn’t cause the laxative effect is most effective way to achieve saturation levels and ReMag does that job better than any pill or powder on the market.

Tonight, we’ll have a lively discussion with our very own Dr. Carolyn Dean about Brain Drain – Preventing Magnesium Deficiency in the Brain along with a wide range of health topics and safe solutions. You will love hearing the beneficial interactions with our callers and hosts alike including the body/mind connection, identifying the ‘conflict’ in the ‘conflict basis’ of disease and much more!!

SO…be sure join us this evening for another information-packed broadcast. If you yourself are unable to make the show, you have the option to email me, Ginney, at and have your question or comment included in our MailBag Segment that is featured in Hour Two. Remember, the valuable information, suggestions, and insights about your health choices can always be discussed with your doctor, should you choose to do so.

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Carolyn Dean MD ND has been on for ten years offering practical strategies to improve health, vitality, and well-being the natural way. As a medical doctor, naturopath, certified clinical nutritionist and master of many modalities including acupuncture and homeopathy, Carolyn Dean MD ND  authored over 33 books and publications including The Magnesium Miracle, 3rd Edition available exclusively at 
In addition to the recognition lavished on her by her many customers, clients, and listeners Dr. Dean has received several prestigious awards including “The Arrhythmia Alliance Outstanding Medical Contribution to Cardiac Rhythm Management Services Award 2012” at The Heart Rhythm Congress organized by The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), Sept 23-26, 2012 and the Integrative Medicine Award presented at the Sacred Fire Gala in September 2014.
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  1. Hi Ginney, was there a problem with the website last night? I was unable to get into the discussion, and cannot find the recorded show. Thank you! 🙂 Rose Herczeg

    • Hi, Rose – GINNEY here – so sorry for the confusion – yes, the studio got wiped out in that big computer problem last week but we’re back on track and ready to go forward on the upcoming June 17th show – thanks for tuning in!

  2. This episode is not opening up in the archives. It’s not showing up in the podcast either. Help! I need to hear my Dr. Dean!

    • Hi, Martha – gosh, the show wasn’t recorded because there was a problem at the station – but we’re all good now and on for a really great show tomorrow night! XOXO GINNEY

    • Hi, Lew – we couldn’t air the show last week due to technical difficulties so we are doing it tomorrow – Monday, June 17th – it’s gonna be a great show! Thank you for tuning in.

    • Hi, Karen – we couldn’t air the show last week due to technical difficulties so we are doing it tomorrow – Monday, June 17th – sorry for the delay – couldn’t be avoided.

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