AFIB Magnesium Diet and Supplements:
How to Take Magnesium for AFIB Treatment

Why a magnesium diet and supplements as an AFIB treatment?

Magnesium supplements are safe, and easy to try first, without a prescription.

  • Why? You may want to avoid the possible warfarin side effects of Alzheimers or dementia. Did you know that this blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin) used as an AFIB treatment is associated with higher chances of dementia?

Trying a SAFE supplement like magnesium can help your heart get back into rhythm:

  • Magnesium as an AFIB treatment can improve the “misfireing” of the electrical signals of the heart.  Why?

Magnesium is an electrolyte.  An electrolyte is a mineral which, when dissolved in a liquid like the blood, conducts electricity.

In balance with the other minerals, sodium, potassium and calcium, the body needs magnesium to keep our hearts beating “in synch.”

  • Imbalances in these minerals contribute to the misfiring of the heart’s electrical signals.

Why is this a problem? An irregular heart beat gives distress signals to the hormones, to the nervous system and to the brain, causing trouble throughout the body.  

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Doctors know that magnesium helps maintain a normal heart rhythm.

Did you know that magnesium is sometimes given intravenously (IV) in the hospital to improve a heart rhythm, and reduce the chances of atrial fibrillation AFIB and cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)?

  • Here’s what researchers found when they did a “meta analysis” of all of the studies of heart patients taking magnesium orotate, a type of magnesium found to be especially helpful for the heart.

The researchers concluded that magnesium was particularly helpful for:

  • preventing and treating cardiac arrhythmias, or AFIB
  • regulating blood pressure
  • improving the function of the autonomic nervous system which regulates our hormones and our organs

The also found that people taking magnesium orotate improved their exercise capacity, resulting in significantly less:

  • AFIB heart irregularities
  • high blood pressure
  • tension headaches and morning headaches
  • dizziness
  • first-degree mitral valve prolapse (MVP)

Source: Ter Arkh. 2015;87(6):88-97. “Meta-analysis of clinical trials of cardiovascular effects of magnesium orotate”

  • This study found improvements in the heart functions your doctor might have tested (grade 1 regurgitation, supraventricular and ventricular premature contraction, paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia) for an AFIB diagnosis and AFIB treatment.

A Magnesium Diet as AFIB Treatment?

If you have AFIB, high blood pressure, diabetes, or even depression or migraines, do consider a magnesium diet of magnesium rich foods, including:

  • seafood such as halibut and mackerel
  • nuts and seeds including almonds, cashews and pumpkin seeds
  • green vegetables such as spinach
  • beans, whole grains, bran breakfast cereal and cocoa or dark chocolate

However, with heart irregularities, high blood pressure or an AFIB diagnosis, you also need to take magnesium supplements. Why?

In emergency medicine, someone who is dying of a life-threatening arrhythmia or irregular heart beat, is given intravenous magnesium as an AFIB treatment.

Even with a magnesium diet, absorption can be prevented by:

  • drinking soda and carbonated drinks
  • medications such as diuretics, blood pressure meds, heart meds
  • constant stress or an illness
  • mineral imbalances of calcium, potassium and sodium
  • drinking a lot of alcohol

Extra high amounts of magnesium are excreted by the kidneys when you drink alcohol, so that alcoholics are typically magnesium deficient, regardless of a good magnesium diet.

How to Take Magnesium Supplements as AFIB Treatment

Some doctors and cardiologists say that instead of statins, magnesium should be used for preventing diabetes, heart disease and stroke and hardening of the arteries. Why?

  • Because it normalizes an irregular heart beat as well as blood pressure and helps prevent calcium build up.  And causes no harm!

Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P) explains why and what type of magnesium to take in his book, Magnesium is the Ultimate Heart Medicine:

Which type of magnesium to take? Although there is a debate about which type is best:

  • magnesium citrate
  • magnesium glycinate
  • magnesium malate
  • magnesium orotate

Researchers have found all types of magnesium to be beneficial. There are, however, some slight advantages to each of the different types of magnesium:

1.      Magnesium glycinate is good for insomnia and “restless legs.” Glycine effects the central nervous system and neurotransmitters. Clinical studies have shown taking that taking magnesium glycinate before bed can improve sleep.

2.      Magnesium malate has been found to help with deep muscular pain, fatigue, anxiety and depression.

3.      Magnesium orotate has been studied in Russia since the 1970’s and has been shown to especially help with coronary artery disease, and has been clinically shown to:

  • significantly increase survival rate
  • improve symptoms and quality of life for congestive heart failure patients
  • increase capacity for exercise

How to take magnesium supplements?

Adding a magnesium supplement, regardless of the type, is going to help as an AFIB treatment. But here's how the different types can give an additional benefit:

  • You know you have reached your “maximum” dosage of magnesium when you get “the runs,” or diarrhea.

If that happens, it is time to cut back or switch to glycinate . When you get 2 good bowl movements per day, you are taking enough supplements or foods high in magnesium.

  • If you have insomnia, try the glycinate. Or, with anxiety you may benefit more from the malate, but also from the glycinate, so you might try the all of the different types.

In general, magnesium citrate, glycinate and malate are considered to be the most absorbable forms. These will all supply magnesium, with slightly different benefits.

  • Magnesium sulfate, or Epsom salts are great for a relaxing bath, and this is also good way to absorb magnesium.

You may also want to try magnesium orotate for AFIB, and see how the different types help you personally.

  • The clinical studies typically use 300 mg of magnesium once or twice daily. 
  • To notice the benefits, magnesium should be taken for at least 3 to 4 months.  

Magnesium Diet or Supplements for Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms?

How to take magnesium as an AFIB treatment?

  • If you have heart irregularities it would be wise to rule out a magnesium deficiency.
  • As an electrolyte, magnesium will improve the electrical signaling of the heart, and improve its rhythm.

You will likely need magnesium supplements if:

You are over the age of 55, drink alcohol, soda or caffeinated drinks, are under stress, have digestive problems, are on heart or asthma medications (diuretics, ACE inhibitors for high blood pressure), have liver disease or have had surgery.

  • Especially if you have muscle cramps, pain, headaches, high blood pressure, diabetes, hyperactivity or anxiety, then it is even more likely you ought to take supplements.

For AFIB, you will want to adopt a magnesium diet with nuts, seeds, greens and seafood, and taking magnesium supplements for at least 3 months. This magnesium diet should tell the tale!

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