Magnesium For Tinnitus

I read a piece in the Daily Mail yesterday (see below) about a study being started to test the theory that taking magnesium can help tinnitus/ringing in the ears. I have seen magnesium help this quite a few times so it will be interesting to see the results of this study.

Researchers believe that magnesium plays a key role in protecting our hearingand that magnesium supplements taken daily will reduce tinnitus. The clinical trial is due to start this month at the Mayo clinic in Arizona. One group will take a 535mg magnesium tablet every day, while the other group will take a daily placebo pill.

This follows previous studies that linked low magnesium levels in the body to a higher risk of noise-induced hearing loss. Tiny hair cells in the ear can be damaged by loud music etc and it is believed the lack of magnesium in the ear hair cells may contribute to the problem.

My only wish is that they use a good absorbable form of magnesium for the trials, although usually this is not the case. You’ll note that in the report it says that high magnesium levels can cause ‘diarrhoea and stomach cramps’. In fact, many people take higher magnesium supplements specifically to help constipation as it does have a loosening effect. My advice is that if your stools are too loose, simply cut down.

Note also that magnesium works in tandem with other nutrients especially calcium, its antagonist mineral, and B6, so it is always best to take a balanced formula rather than minerals on their own. I always think Nutrigold’s Calcium Magnesium Complex or Archturus Basic Formula Number 1 are great because they contain the right form and level of Magnesium on full dosage with all the other nutrients balanced to fit.

A high dairy diet, high intake of calcium (osteoporosis drugs for example) and a diet high in dairy fortified with Vitamin D can all inhibit magnesium absorption in the body too, as can quite a few drugs like diuretics, so watch out for that.

Always check with your health professional before taking anything, as ever, of course. Note especially to avoid high magnesium in kidney and heart issues.


2 Replies to “Magnesium For Tinnitus”

  1. I have been working really hard to up my Magnesium levels, taking supplements, using oil spray and foot baths, and yes, my tinnitus is not as bad – I hadnt connected the 2, thanks 🙂

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