Magnesium & Knee Arthritis - Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND

Magnesium & Knee Arthritis

July 21, 2015

I’ve been writing about arthritis and magnesium for years. In a 2011 blog, Magnesium & Arthritis, I gave a testimonial about a 78-year old woman with arthritis at the base of her thumbs. A steroid shot in the left thumb did help but she didn’t want to chance another shot in her right thumb. Instead she decided to spray her right thumb every morning and night with 2 bursts of magnesium oil. Not only did the pain go away but she had much better range of motion of her thumb because she was able to stretch out her shortening thumb tendons.

In The Magnesium Miracle, I list the Top Ten Improvements that Jane experienced on magnesium. Number one was: Less Knee Pain. I commented that “Our knees take the brunt of our weight. The knee is just a simple hinge joint that is held in place by the thigh and leg muscles. If those muscles are tight or in spasm, that alone can cause a slight displacement of the knee, which over time can turn into what medicine calls ‘knee arthritis.’ However, instead of immediately going on pain medication or undergoing knee surgery to ‘clean out the joint,’ magnesium is the treatment of choice.

In The Journal of Rheumatology, July, 2015, a group of researchers decided to look at the relationship between knee arthritis and magnesium levels. Their research was based on the fact that magnesium, along with calcium, is crucial for good bone and muscle health. They said that magnesium, unlike calcium, can’t be readily stored in the body and a new supply is needed daily.

I do think that magnesium is held in reserve for emergencies, but I found it extremely interesting that these researchers say we need a daily supply of magnesium. They also said that magnesium ensures that the calcium you take in actually gets to your bones. Magnesium does this by suppressing a hormone called PTH produced by the parathyroid gland, which erroneously pulls the calcium away from the bones to be held in muscle.

When magnesium and calcium are in the right balance, a hormone called calcitonin, produced by calcium, assists in this suppression, ensuring that adequate calcium stays in the bone.  For this reason, it is thought that low magnesium may be involved in osteoarthritis.

The study measured blood levels of magnesium in 2855 subjects and compared those levels to X-ray evidence of knee arthritis. They were able to easily identify that higher magnesium blood levels correlate to less knee arthritis. So, that’s the take-away, folks. The higher your magnesium intake and magnesium levels the less chance you will have of developing arthritis.

Oral ReMag Liquid and transdermal ReMag Lotion are the best solution for arthritis that is caused by magnesium deficiency. Follow the Resources links for more information.

Carolyn Dean MD ND

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