Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Magnesium as a mineral plays a key role in regulating blood pressure. People consuming a diet that is rich in magnesium along with other nutrients such as calcium and potassium have a lower tendency of developing high blood pressure. Although treating high blood pressure by consuming the required quantity of magnesium is still unknown, University of Maryland Medical Center states that a few studies produced positive results.

There are no specific or particular details regarding the milligrams that an individual should consume per day to keep a check on the blood pressure levels. It is preferable to consult a doctor about the appropriateness of the level required to create the balance in the body. The requirement varies from one individual to other, as the nutrient is capable of interfering with several medicines and treatments.

How Many Milligrams of Magnesium Should I Take for High Blood Pressure?

The required quantity of intake of magnesium changes according to the age and gender. According to the details provided by the University of Maryland Medical Center, men need absorption between 270 and 400 mg, and 280 and 300 mg for women. According to experts, it is preferable to consume 200 mg of magnesium at least three or four times in a day to keep a check on elevated high blood pressure.

The increase in the intake for patients suffering from high blood pressure exceeds the recommended dosage level. Due to this, the nutrient helps in promoting good health and lowering the requirement of sodium content. In a few circumstances, an individual may require a heavy intake of the vitamin to receive the therapeutic effect. In such situations, working out with the doctor is preferable, as consuming high amounts of magnesium can create adverse reactions like that of drugs.

Choosing the Needed Supplement

Magnesium is available naturally and as a supplement in different forms. Of all the available forms, magnesium citrate is the best absorption form according to the University of Pittsburg Medical Center. Individuals who are opting for the supplement, reading the USP label will be helpful in analyzing the amount of magnesium content. The label also provides information about the supplements and active ingredients in the stated amounts. Although not all the supplement providers opt for the USP label, seeking guidance from the pharmacist or doctor will be helpful in looking out for quality brands.

Safety Concerns and Side Effects

People who are suffering from kidney disease or heart ailments, it is preferable to seek the doctor’s supervision before consuming magnesium supplement. The common side effects of consuming magnesium in such cases include stomach upset and diarrhea. If an individual has a low quantity of calcium, consumption of magnesium supplement develops calcium deficiency, as both the nutrients are capable of completing the absorption. Therefore, it is crucial to speak with the doctor and possess knowledge about the requirement of calcium supplement under such scenario. However, when the consumption is within the preferred dosage levels, the supplements do not create any side effects.

Interaction with Medicines

Magnesium is capable of decreasing the functionality of several medicines including antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin, tetracycline, and moxifloxacin. A better way to avoid interaction of magnesium with these medicines is by consuming it one hour before the intake of these drugs or after two hours of consuming the medicines. If an individual is consuming medications to regulate blood pressure, the doctor could compensate for the same to adjust the actions caused due to magnesium. Only the doctor is capable of making the alterations and determines the safe passage. It is advisable for an individual not to change the course of treatment without consulting the doctor.

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Pramod Kerkar

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, MD,FFARCSI

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Last Modified On: March 26, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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