Magnesium supplement, fit, healthy but a single kidney

by Percy
(Australia)

Dear Kerri,


I had a kidney removed when I was 4 years old due to an accident. I'm now 29 years old with one perfectly healthy probably oversized kidney covering the dual function. I'm fit, healthy, athletic and train on a daily basis. As such I do need some supplementation. I'm currently on 4g of fish oil daily (4x 1000mg capsules) and 2000IU of vitamin D3 daily (because I live in Melbourne and lack sun exposure).

I've been experiencing problems getting a good night's sleep lately and I've come across suggestions on websites that Magnesium is a good third supplement for active men like myself.

Is it fine for someone in my situation to supplement on Magnesium Chelate? I'm thinking about starting with a daily dose of 4x 500mg Capsules (equivalent to a total of 400mg of elemental Magnesium).

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Can't Tell You What is Safe
by: Kerri Knox, RN, The Immune Queen

Hi Percy,

While I cannot tell you what is 'safe' for anyone, what I can tell you is that the reason magnesium is dangerous for those with impaired kidney function is that magnesium is water soluble and the excess is cleared by the kidneys.

So, impaired kidney function can lead to a buildup of excess magnesium and lead to high levels in the blood that could lead to an overdose.

So, so long as your kidneys are clearing the magnesium, for instance if your kidney clears toxins as sufficiently as two kidneys, then it should theoretically clear magnesium as well as anyone else.

You can play it safe by getting magnesium levels after the first couple of weeks and then every few months until you are sufficiently convinced that your kidney is clearing as well as it should.

In the meantime, make yourself familiar with the Symptoms of Magnesium Overdose and if you have any of those problems, you can just assume that it is a problem of overdose until you get a magnesium level and determine if your levels are high or not.


Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
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