How Magnesium Can Help You Live Longer (And Better) - Save Our Bones

Today we're going to examine a study on the incredible life-extending properties of magnesium.

This mineral doesn't get as much fanfare as common vitamins like Vitamin D or Vitamin C, and in conversations about minerals it is often overshadowed by calcium.

But magnesium isn't just important, it's absolutely essential for your bones, your well-being, and, as you’ll learn today, for your survival.

Study Shows Magnesium Reduces Cardiovascular Mortality

A group of German scientists conducted a study on the relationship between magnesium levels and mortality among 4,203 participants. An earlier study showed that low magnesium levels correlate to enlargement of the left ventricle of the heart- which increases the risk of myocardial infarction, stroke, and death.1

Based on that prior study, the researchers hypothesized that magnesium levels would correlate to cardiovascular mortality. To test this hypothesis they compared participants' baseline measures of magnesium levels with their mortality rate ten years later. The researchers found that low serum magnesium levels were not only associated with more cardiovascular-related deaths but also with more deaths from any cause.1

In other words, participants who had low magnesium levels were more likely to die within the next 10 years than those with higher magnesium levels. This statistical relationship even held true when the researchers accounted for pre-existing cardiovascular risk factors in participants.1

This paints a stark but powerful picture on the importance of magnesium for the successful functioning of the human body. It also offers a simple action for avoiding an untimely end: maintain healthy magnesium levels.


Researchers found that people with low magnesium levels are at greater risk of premature death from both cardiovascular and noncardiovascular causes.

Magnesium And Bone Health

Magnesium is a Foundation Supplement– one of the minerals listed in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program as an essential compound for building and maintaining strong, healthy bones.

Magnesium plays an instrumental role in more than 300 processes in the body, including in the regulation of the parathyroid gland, which controls the mineralization of new bone. The body stores about 65% of magnesium in the bones, and much like calcium, it is a necessary component of bone. Magnesium also has an alkalizing effect on the serum pH-balance, which means that, along with other alkalizing compounds, it prevents bone loss caused by acidification.

These facts help explain the results of scientific studies on the relationship between magnesium levels and bone health. A study of 73,684 postmenopausal women found that low magnesium levels correlated with low bone mineral density (BMD) of the hip and the whole body. 2

Another study examined the magnesium levels and fracture rate of 2,245 men aged 42 to 61 over the course of 20 years. The researchers found that participants with higher levels of magnesium were 44 percent less likely to break a bone.3

These studies show that magnesium not only extends life, but it also helps to maintain strong bones- allowing for an active and fulfilling life.


Magnesium is an essential mineral for building and maintaining strong and healthy bones, a fact supported by multiple studies that associate low magnesium levels with bone loss and fracture.

The Osteoporosis Reversal Program Is A Holistic Approach To Health

Magnesium protects your heart, your life, and your bones. It isn't a coincidence that the bone-healthy pH-balanced diet and supplementation recommended by the Osteoporosis Reversal Program also meets the criteria for reducing the risk of a fatal cardiovascular event.

The Osteoporosis Reversal Program is an integrative health program that aims to improve both bone health and overall health. The two endeavors are mutually supportive, since the behaviors that improve bone quality also improve general health and quality of life.

A prime example is the dietary guidelines of the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, which follow a simple rule: consume an 80/20 ratio of alkalizing to acidifying foods. When you follow that easy rule you naturally eat more fruits and vegetables, a dietary choice proven to improve bone health.4

Now consider that a study of the diets of more than 65,000 people in England found that people who eat seven servings of fruit and vegetables each day are 42% less likely to suffer an early death from any cause.5

Once again the bone-healthy option is also the best option for overall health and longevity.


The guidelines in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program are both good for bone health and for overall health- for example, the dietary plan that increases fruit and vegetable consumption. A study found that eating seven servings of fruits and vegetables every day correlates with a reduced risk of mortality.

Support Your Bones And Extend Your Life

Magnesium is critical for improving and maintaining optimal bone health. Along with the other Foundation Supplements, it helps you to lead a long and healthy life. The same can be said for the other guidelines in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, from its dietary plan to its recommendations for exercise and lifestyle changes.

By supplementing your pH-balanced diet with magnesium you’ll ensure that your bones and body have what they need to thrive. The type of magnesium used for supplementation is critical to achieving the desired results.

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  1. Ann

    Vivian,Have just read one of your articles on True form Magnesium. Could you please advise on type of magnesium. Had stomach revoved due to stomach cancer. Have osteoporsis , my height over several years has dropped from 5.4 to barely 5 foot. also been on fosamax,prolia and terrosa . take D.3 and K . Thankyou for your great programme.

  2. Anne Smith

    I’ve been using save our bones for some years, and have to thank you for all information

  3. Terry Pope

    Will comment another time as it is rather late at night but I’ll try day time. Thank you.
    Terry Pope

  4. Urpha Hallman

    My understanding with regards to magnesium is that it needs Choline to absorb into the cells..
    Is this true or not true?
    Thank you for your reply.

  5. Patty

    Hi Viv,
    Could you plese let us know which is the best form of Magnisium we should take. There are so many different kind out there. Thanks.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Patty, the most bioavailable form of magnesium is amino acid chelated bisglycinate or glycinate.

  6. Judith

    I have skipping heartbeats (but tests keep showing everything is fine). Still, the palpitations got bad last fall so I went to the ER. Before I left, a young cardiologist suggested magnesium bisglycinate 200 mg for both the palpitations and to help with sleep — I had mentioned I had trouble falling asleep and woke up at least five times on average (bladder). I take the magnesium bisglycinate a couple hours before bed, and now I fall asleep faster and only have to get up once. From Vivian I understand sleep alone is very important for health/bone health so magnesium bisglycinate is a win-win for me. From the food equivalents, I can see I wasn’t getting enough of it despite following the low-alkaline diet. (I wish health guidelines would give just a daily total in grams or ounces for fruit and vegetables instead of a number of “servings”. I mean, a bowl of lettuce is probably only an ounce, whereas a bowl of broccoli or other vegetables probably 1/2 lb; I can’t believe they are comparable.)

    • Judith

      Sorry, I meant alkaline diet, not LOW alkaline!

      • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

        Thanks for sharing your story with us, Judith! While getting micronutrients from foods is an excellent idea, unfortunately, it’s difficult to get the required amounts without supplementation. The most absorbable form of magnesium is amino acid chelated bisglycinate or glycinate.

  7. Maureen

    Very interested in supplementing with Magnesium! I know there are several types of magnesium – effective for many body processes. Do you know what type of magnesium is in Tru-Mag by Nature City?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Maureen, the supplement contains amin0-acid chelated magnesium bisglycinate, which is highly bioavailable 🙂

  8. S

    Read Dr. Carolyn Dean’s great book, The Magnesium Miracle and you’ll learn that magnesium helps 300 body processes work better or work at all.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Thanks for sharing this with our community!

  9. joan Boelter mccusker

    Osteostrong is a company that promotes bone growth. Have you heard of it and is it true? I just joined. They say it increases bone density

  10. Gina

    Hello, I am on prolia for two years now and my osteoporosis is now back to osteopenia. I take vitamin D3, magnesium, coq10, multivitamin, osteo bi flex joint health and citracal. I am 79 years old and also have high cholesterol (hereditary) osteoarthritis and hypothyroidism. I eat a lot of vegetables and fruits overall a healthy diet. My doctor recommended prolia and it has helped but I am also in pain all over, knee, ankles. I would like to get off and go natural and would like your input on where to start or what I can do differently. I would love to be pain free
    Thank you

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Gina, what you could do differently is this: stop taking Prolia and get started on a natural, drug-free osteoporosis treatment. You can try our Osteoporosis Reversal Program with no risk since we offer a 60-day money-back guarantee. You’ll most likely notice that your pain will be greatly reduced and that you’ll feel better. Let us know about your progress!

  11. bea

    thank you vivian

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      You’re very welcome, Bea! 🙂

  12. Jean Bromelow

    Hi Vivien, Have been following you for many years, stopped meds prescribed as I was not feeling well at all and much better since taking your advice. I will be 85yrs of age 28th December everyone cannot believe this but I walk 3 dogs long walks everyday, taking your wonderful advice has helped tremendously, thank you. Carry on your good work xxxx Jean

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      That’s great to hear, Jean! We’re all proud of you and I’m glad we could help!

  13. Lynette Alexander

    Please forward me a free email Natural
    Bone building kit.
    Many thanks

    • Save Institute Customer Support

      Hello Lynette, no problem. Please check your email! 🙂

  14. bea mowry

    vivian how much magnesium should you take a day and can you take to much love your e-mail it is helpful also you say seven fruits fruits and vegetables a day is that seven fruits and also seven vegetables .thank you bea

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      The recommended dose for magnesium is 400 mg a day. And the seven servings are a total for both fruits and veggies 🙂

  15. Ita

    Thank you, Ita.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      You’re very welcome, Ita!

  16. Patricia

    Hi Vivian! Would you let me know how you feel about magnesium gel that is absorbed through the skin?
    Thank you!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Good question, Patricia! A recently published study analyzed the bioavailability of magnesium chloride. Quoting from the study:

      “… magnesium ions can penetrate the stratum corneum in a concentration and time-dependent manner which is significantly facilitated by hair follicles. However, hair follicles and sweat glands constitute only 0.1% to 1% of the skin surface. Even if a substance is absorbed in this area, the question of the clinical relevance of absorbed amounts needs to be addressed. In the study that examined the permeation of topically applied magnesium no information is given on the quantity of absorbed magnesium.”

      You can read the entire study here:

    • elaine

      Hi Vivian,
      I am always so impressed with the info you send. Look forward to your emails every day.
      Can’t tell you how much I appreciate it!
      Thanks again

      • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

        I appreciate your kind words, Elaine! And we thank you for being a part of the Saver community 🙂

  17. Neena Mirpuri

    Thank you for your information.Have stopped Arisocare.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      You’re welcome!

  18. Joey Dillon

    I too am awaiting info on the foods that supply magnesium.
    It should also be included in the routine lab work results which, at least, Lab Corp does not do.

  19. Gunilla Kettis

    This article is totally differs from the countless articles sent out by Vivian over the ten fifth-teen years I have followed Vivian’s world of well researched presentations.
    This promotes a specific product rather than inform about the good food sources for magnesium!
    I am surprised and disappointed.

    • Save Institute Customer Support

      Point well taken, Gunilla and Kathleen. You’ll be glad to know that we have articles on the top foods that contain magnesium. A simple search at the top right of our webpage will show you those foods.

  20. Bridget Kelly

    Hi just to say after many years of migraines and trying many approaches I am migraine free for the last few months since I started taking a magnesium, calcium supplement. However my concern now is that a mri showed fractured L1L4& L5 vertebrae this is without any major trauma happening which is very painful and afraid that it may happen again I consume majority fruit vegetables start the day with green smoothie…

  21. Elli

    I am 75 year old female with osteoporosis. I don’t take any medication for this and ignored doctors advice to have that. I eat lots of vegetables and fruit every day as well lit of nuts. I also go to gym. What else can I do to improve my bone health.?

    • Save Institute Customer Support

      Good morning, Elli. Please check your email inbox for an answer to your question. We are looking forward to helping you out!

    • Mimi

      Hi Elli. I refused to take Fozamax too. Too many horrible side effects. I went to a homeopath, and she has me on Bone-Up(calcium sup), vit D3, vit c, magnesium oil, and also a remedy (NatMur2). But you should try to find a homeopath and they’ll put you on the right path.
      I also read everything Vivian puts out. Tons of great info.

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