Wednesday 26 October 2011

Got Crohn's? - get magnesium

Magnesium deficiency doubles the likelihood of  systemic inflammatory disease (of which Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis are examples). Severe magnesium deficiencies are more likely in people who have Crohn's disease or other conditions that affect digestion as magnesium is absorbed in the GI tract, (more so in the small intestine than the large). Where inflammation of the gut is inhibiting absorbtion, it may be advisable to increase the intake of magnesium either in naturally occurring sources or supplements. I know that many of the natural sources may be on the absolute "no no" list for many Crohnies and Collies, but do check before diving for the bottles and always take medical advice.

Here are a couple of articles that provide more information on the importance of magnesium, sources and absorption.


  1. Thanks for posting this, a few years ago I actually had magnesium (and other vitamin/mineral) IV's 1x a week for a few months, and since then have not had digestive track spasms, and far fewer aching legs. There may be a hundred little things like this for Crohns sufferers to do, but every bit helps!

  2. You are very welcome Danica! Your comment will help others, so many thanks for contributing!


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