Nurture Integrative Health

Magnesium is a healing ally for Neurotransmission Disruption after a brain injury. 

It is an abundant cation (positive charged ion) that plays a vital role in cellular metabolism and nerve function. Magnesium acts as a calcium channel blocker, which helps to decrease nerve excitation by decreasing calcium in the cell.

Magnesium is a non-competitive inhibitor of the NMDA receptor that produces glutamate resulting in decreased nerve excitation. It is also an antioxidant, improves blood flow, and can reduce cell death. This all helps reduce anxiety, sensitivity to light or sound, headaches, dizziness, and cognitive challenges by decreasing the excitatory nerve changes.

Choosing the right form of Magnesium is important:

  • Magnesium Sulfate: aching muscles, and in IV form

  • Magnesium L-threonate: helps increase brain levels of Magnesium

  • Magnesium Glycinate: used to relax tense or spasming muscles

  • Magnesium Citrate: used for constipation

  • Magnesium Malate: used in constipation

Most often I use either Magnesium sulfate in IV formulation or Magnesium L-threonate to directly affect the brain. The form is very important.

Magnesium plays a critical role in more than just brain injuries. It can help to ease headaches, stress, alcohol or drug intoxication, seizures, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Use caution if you have low blood pressure as Magnesium is known to lower blood pressure. 

If you or someone you love has suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury, contact us to learn more about our approach to healing and recovery.

PMID: 27829572, 31198800

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