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Top 5 Health Benefits of Magnesium and COPD

When you have lung and breathing problems with COPD, sometimes getting enough of the right vitamins and minerals is a problem. One mineral that is especially crucial is magnesium.

Magnesium for COPD

You can get magnesium in many foods. It can be taken as a supplement in powder form, chewable gummies, through a pill, or in a capsule. However, if you’re not sure, ask your doctor. It could be that some of your current medications are preventing absorption of magnesium. No matter what, it’s an easy fix.

Top 5 Health Benefits of Magnesium and COPD

Relaxation – Magnesium helps you relax. For those with rib cramps, it can even prevent or stop severe cramping in your ribs and diaphragm. It also relaxes your whole body, giving you an overall sense of calm. We made sure that mom had it in her multi-vitamins and supplements.

Lung Function – Magnesium is important for your lungs to function. Studies have show that giving  magnesium through intravenous (IV) can help reduce the number of days in the hospital. The same study found that breathing was easier and oxygen levels were stabilized quickly using a magnesium infusion in a medical setting.

Physical Boost – Enjoy the energy boost that comes with magnesium. With COPD, your muscles may seem to tire quickly. You can get in a cycle of weakness and fatigue. A magnesium deficiency may prevent blood sugars from being balanced. It can also keep your muscles from getting what they need to keep moving.

Lower Blood Pressure – COPD can bring on stress, especially when you are tired and have anxiety from not being able to get a breath. A steady stream of magnesium is one of the things that mom used to keep her blood pressure low. She took it with her medication as her doctor advised.

Elevates Mood – Battling mental pressure or feelings of sadness can be part of living with COPD. By adding this supplement, you may find that your mood is lifted. When mom felt a bout of depression coming on, she would add a little magnesium to her bedtime routine. It helped her relax and eased her mind. Negative thoughts were easier to combat with consistent levels of magnesium in her bloodstream, especially when sleep was hard to come by.

Summing it Up

Your doctor can guide you about beginning magnesium supplementation at home. It is best to start with a lower dose. Remember, magnesium also relaxes your bowels and bladder. Mom had to be careful with that, and wore extra protection. Once you get your dose right, you can add more, under medical guidance.

Although oral doses have not been studied, it is clear that magnesium has many health benefits. This is especially true for those who live with COPD. Talk to your medical team. Perhaps you can ask for a vitamin panel to be done to check your levels. If you are low, they may suggest that you begin adding extra magnesium to your daily routine. You’re going to enjoy the top 5 health benefits of magnesium and COPD. I hope you see results quickly.

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  • WandaT
    17 hours ago
  • Karen Hoyt author
    1 week ago

    Magnesium is a good overall relaxer, but we tend to think of it like the old stool softener. Mom took a pill she got at the supermarket. I buy mine online and get a brand that my doctor approved for my health condition.
    You’re smart to run it by your doctor. I keep a bag by the bathtub too, just to relax muscles and help usher in a state of calm before bed.
    Let us know what your doctor says!
    Xo Karen

  • BeverlyDeMarco
    1 week ago

    This is the first time I heard about MAGNESIUM being good for COPD. Why didn’t my Doctor tell me about it? I will talk to him about it at my next visit in December.Can I get it at the Vitamin store?

  • Karen Hoyt author
    1 week ago

    You’re right! There are so many different types, and a whole blog needs to be written about the blends available. Just a plain magnesium in a single, or part of a multi is usually a good start.

    We enjoy a powder blend in a drink at bedtime. Also, since everyone is different, this is a good conversation to have with your doctor.

    Thanks for bringing up this good question. I’m sure many others wonder too.

  • purple13
    2 weeks ago

    Which form of magnesium is the best for lungs? There are many different types of magnesium resulting in my confusion as to what magnesium to take.

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