Kidney Stone Prevention and the Role of Magnesium

Kidney stones occur when an abundance of minerals or salts, usually calcium oxalate, and less commonly, calcium phosphate or uric acid, form deposits inside your kidneys. When these crystallize, they form the “stones”. Kidney stones can be extremely painful to pass (those who’ve had them know!), and may cause damage to the kidneys, block the flow of the urinary tract, and and even inflict life-threatening infections.

Once you’ve developed a kidney stone, your chances for a repeat occurrence increase. This is where preventative measures are key. Magnesium has been shown to help prevent crystal formations in the kidney. Magnesium works to help flush the crystals out of the kidney. There have been numerous studies shown that supplementing with magnesium can drastically decrease kidney stones.

According to WebMD, here are the symptoms that a kidney stone could be forming, although sometimes there are no health cues:

• Severe pain in the back, belly, or groin
• Frequent or painful urination
• Blood in the urine
• Nausea and vomiting                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
If you have a history of experiencing kidney stones, have these symptoms, or at risk due to family history, not only see a doctor, but here are measures to take:
• Add a magnesium supplement that is highly absorbable
• Drink more water, less caffeine, and sodas
• Watch you oxalate (salt) intake
• Monitor your calcium levels and intake
• Never take calcium and magnesium together (see our blog post on why)
• Some physicians have proposed drinking citrus juices (except for grapefruit and apple juice) as a means of increasing urinary  
  citrate levels
• Decrease sugar intake                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Magnesium Oxide is the most well known magnesium formulation and also the least absorbable. Many websites and doctors still recommend magnesium oxide because is basically what they are most familiar with. Magnesium lactate, the formulation for Mag-Tab®SR, has an absorption rate up to 41% (that is up to ten times more absorbable than magnesium oxide), is a slow release caplet, more bioavailable, and easier on the stomach.

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