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Magnesium Chloride USP FAQ

1. What does Magnesium deficiency cause?

Magnesium deficiency can produce symptoms of anxiety or depression, including muscle weakness, fatigue, eye twitches, insomnia, anorexia, apathy, apprehension, poor memory, confusion, anger, nervousness, and rapid pulse.


2. What is the best form of Magnesium? Magnesium Chloride? Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt)?

Magnesium Chloride is the most effective form of Magnesium for cellular detoxification and tissue purification.


3. Why do we need Chlorine?

Chlorine in Magnesium Chloride is a necessary element in the reaction to produce gastric acid and to stimulate starch-digesting enzymes.


4. What is the difference between Magnesium Chloride and Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate)?

Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate) excretes (passes) through body very quickly compare to Magnesium Chloride; therefore, you need to use more Epsom Salt to get the same results. Also, Chloride is a necessary element to produce gastric acid and to stimulate starch-digesting enzymes.


5. What is the difference between Greenway Biotech Magnesium Chloride USP and other Magnesium Chlorides available on the market?

The main difference between Greenway Biotech, Inc. Magnesium Chloride and other brands is QUALITY. Greenway Biotech, Inc. Magnesium Chloride is pharmaceutical grade and it’s very refined and clean. It is 100% safe to be consumed orally unlike many other brands out there and it is from Dead Sea deposits in Israel. Also, because Greenway Biotech, Inc. imports it directly from Israel; we could offer it at a very affordable cost to anyone.


6. Where does Greenway Biotech Magnesium Chloride come from?

Greenway Biotech, Inc. Magnesium Chloride is from underground seabed deposits of Dead Sea in Israel, which has one of the highest levels of Magnesium compare to other sources such as Ancient Zechstein Sea.


7. What does Pharmaceutical Grade or USP Grade mean?

Pharmaceutical and/or USP Grade is the highest grade available for any chemical and one of the requirements for a product to be considered Pharmaceutical Grade is having heavy metals and toxic chemicals levels of under 10 ppm at the most. However, that is not the only requirement and quality, purity, and strength are a few other requirements. It is highly recommended to use Pharmaceutical Grade Magnesium Chloride if you want to consume it orally.


8. Is it safe to use Greenway Biotech Magnesium Chloride both orally and transdermally?

Yes, absolutely. However, transdermal and oral consumptions have different effects and you should see what your body reacts to better; since oral consumption could have a laxative effect on some people.


9. How much elemental Magnesium (Mg) does each shot (1.5 oz or 45 ml) of Greenway Biotech Magnesium Chloride solution contain?

We have specially formulated our Magnesium Chloride solution to contain about 180 mg of elemental Magnesium, which is the most common dosage recommended by doctors.


10. This is my first time drinking Magnesium Chloride Solution. Is it supposed to have an unpleasant taste? I am having a hard time drinking this solution.

Yes, Magnesium Chloride solution has an unpleasant and bitter taste. We recommend adding your Magnesium shot to your juice or shake to improve the taste. You could also dissolve some honey in your shot to make the taste more pleasant.


11. May this Magnesium Chloride be used in tofu making? I understand that it is pharmaceutical grade and consumable, but I am concerned about the taste of the product since it’s bitter.

Yes, you could certainly use this product to make tofu. However, I really don’t know how the taste would be since I don’t know the recipe to make tofu and how much Magnesium Chloride you would add to your recipe.


12. Do I have to use “Distilled Water” to make Magnesium Solution with Greenway Biotech Magnesium Chloride?

No, you don’t have to use distilled water. We just recommend using filtered or distilled water because most tap waters are contaminated and we don’t recommend drinking tap water.


13. What type of container do I store the solution in?

We recommend storing your Magnesium solution in a glass container in a dark cool place and away from direct sunlight. Magnesium solution could react with plastic over time and it is not safe to store your solution in a plastic container.


14. How many cups of Magnesium Chloride USP do I mix in a bath tub?

It really depends on if you have any other Magnesium intake such as orally. But if this is your only source of Magnesium intake we recommend 2-6 cups and higher dosage is for people with severe Magnesium deficiency and/or athletes.


15. Is it alright to refrigerate Magnesium solution after making it with filtered water?

Yes, you could absolutely refrigerate the Magnesium solution and we actually recommend that since the solution is bitter and refrigerating it improves the taste.


16. If I mix Magnesium Chloride with water and then with coconut oil to make a lotion would I have to add a preservative?

It really depends on how much you are making and for how long. You don’t need any preservative if you would use the lotion within a month or so and if you keep your cream refrigerated.

I would also recommend adding Vitamin C and/or Vitamin A as preservatives if you are planning on making a cream that would last you for several months.


17. How pure is Greenway Biotech Magnesium Chloride USP?

Greenway Biotech Magnesium Chloride USP is 99.9% pure and it is one of the purest Magnesium Chloride available in the market. Our Magnesium Chloride is pharmaceutical grade and even though being pharmaceutical grade doesn’t guarantee t any product to be the purest but it certainly has higher standards compared to food or tech grade. Below our Magnesium Chloride Certificate of Analysis that shows all the impurities.

Magnesium Chloride USP Certificate of Analysis

18. Can I mix Magnesium Chloride and coconut oil to apply it on my skin?

Yes, could certainly mix these two. However, we recommend mixing Magnesium Chloride with water first and then add coconut oil. If you mix coconut oil first and then try to dissolve Magnesium Chlorid, it might not get dissolved as easy.


19. Does Greenway Biotech Magnesium Chloride USP come with instruction on how to use it orally?

Yes, it does come with instructions on the label on how to make the solution for oral consumption.

We recommend mixing 33 grams per 1 liter of water and take one shot (1.5 oz or 45 ml) of that a day if you’re 51-70 years old, half a shot 10-50 years old and twice a day if you are over 71 years old.


20. In the instructions says mix 33 grams of Magnesium Chloride in 1 liter of water. How many teaspoons of Magnesium Chloride are 33 grams?

Each teaspoon of Magnesium Chloride weighs slightly over 6 grams so 33 grams is about 5 full teaspoons.


21. What is the shelf life of a Magnesium Chloride bag?

The shelf life of Magnesium Chloride is about 5 years; however, you need to keep it in a closed container otherwise, it would absorb the moisture from the air and either melts or becomes really hard.


22. If I want to make a Magnesium oil spray to use topically, what ratio of water to Magnesium Chloride should I use?

We recommend using 1:1 ratio. For example, if you are using 1 cup of water then use 1 cup of Magnesium Chloride as well. You could also use 1:1/2 ratio but this ratio is very mild.

If you use 1:1 ratio then each spray should contain about 25 mg of elemental Magnesium.


23. Does this product come with instruction on how to take it orally?

Yes, the instruction on how to make a Magnesium Solution to take orally are on the label.


24. Does this Magnesium Chloride make your bowels move like magnesium sulfate does?

No, Magnesium Chloride is not a laxative like Magnesium Sulfate, however, it does help a little.


25. Is Magnesium Chloride good for back pain?

It depends on what causes the back pain. If it’s caused by muscle soreness or spasm then yes Magnesium would help with that. But if it’s caused by something else such as misaligned spinal core then obviously not. So I would talk to a doctor first to make sure what causes the back pain and if it’s muscle related then Magnesium Chloride would be a good supplement.


26. Can I take Magnesium baths with Magnesium Chloride USP?

Yes, you could absolutely use our Magnesium Chloride USP as bath salts for its therapeutic and relaxing benefits!


27. Does this Magnesium Chloride contain any anti-caking agent?

No, our Magnesium Chloride is pure and it does NOT contain any anti-caking agent.


28. Since Magnesium Chloride absorbs water so easily, can it be put into capsules?

Yes, you could certainly put Magnesium Chloride into capsules if that makes it easier to consume. However, you need to be very careful with the dosage and make sure to measure it correctly so you won’t consume too much.


29. How many servings per pound?

There are over 300 servings per 1 pound of Magnesium Chloride USP.

Source – GreenwayBiotech



Magnesium Chloride USP Solution Recipe

– 33 grams Greenway Biotech Magnesium Chloride USP
– 1 liter of filtered water or juice (personal preference to improve the taste)
Mix 33 grams of Greenway Biotech Magnesium Chloride USP with 1 liter of filtered water or juice. Every shot (about 45 milliliters or 1.5 ounces) of this solution makes one dosage of Magnesium supplement.
Note: This solution makes about 20 shots.
Note: Do NOT use metal spoon to mix Magnesium Chloride because Magnesium Chloride reacts with metals and also store it in a glass container.

How many shots of Magnesium Chloride USP do I take a day?
Note: These numbers are based on a 5’10” and 175 Pounds Male
Age 10-50 Years Old: Take half a shot a day
Age 51-70 Years Old: Take one shot a day
Age 71 Years Old and Up: Take two shots a day (preferably one in the morning and one in the afternoon)
Dose: 400mg/day, up to 750 mg while nursing.

Add 3.14 tbsp to 8 ounces of distilled water. Every half teaspoon of that will give you 150mg of elemental magnesium without tasting too nasty.
The RDA for magnesium is 400 mg. Most studies with improvement from magnesium supplementation come from 600 mg + intakes. Most Americans are deficient in magnesium due to their diet which is low in magnesium and high in calcium and sodium. The Greenway Biotech bag actually calls for using 33 grams in a liter of water which is about 5.5 teaspoons of magnesium chloride so you can do that as well.
A dose of 600 mg is 2 teaspoons. If your diet has adequate magnesium by eating the foods I reference in my post here, you won’t need as much.

Counters & Synergies
blocks and is blocked by sodium, calcium (take at separate times)

Synergistic with (calcium, boron) (take at different times from calcium)
magnesium, calcium, vitamin D3, or vitamin K2 (Kale = lots of K2), you need to take all the others into consideration as well, since these all work synergistically with one another.
Magnesium drives down lead. Lead drives down magnesium. Magnesium drives down sodium. Sodium drives down magnesium. Magnesium drives down phosphorus. Phosphorus drives down magnesium. Magnesium drives down calcium. Calcium drives down magnesium. Manganese drives down magnesium.
By drives down, one could conclude that it “uses up” meaning it could be a synergistic or antagonistic interaction. Either way – pay attention to these mineral interactions as you introduce magnesium in amounts that are not naturally found in modern food.

Magnesium—The Missing Link to Better Health
December 08, 2013
Story at-a-glance
An estimated 80 percent of Americans are deficient in magnesium. The health consequences of deficiency can be quite significant, and can be aggravated by many, if not most, drug treatments
Magnesium performs a wide array of biological functions, including activating muscles and nerves and creating energy in your body by attaching adenosine triphosphate (ATP)
Magnesium is very important for heart health. Excessive amounts of calcium without the counterbalance of magnesium can lead to a heart attacks, strokes, and sudden death
An ideal ratio between calcium and magnesium is thought to be 1:1. The recommended daily dose is around 700 milligrams of each
Anytime you’re taking any of the following: magnesium, calcium, vitamin D3, or vitamin K2, you need to take all the others into consideration as well, as these nutrients work synergistically with one another
By Dr. Mercola
Magnesium is perhaps one of the most overlooked minerals. This is especially important because, an estimated 80 percent of Americans are deficient in it. The health consequences of deficiency can be quite significant, and can be aggravated by many, if not most, drug treatments.
In the featured video, Carolyn Dean, a medical and naturopathic doctor, discusses the importance of this mineral.
Dr. Dean was the lead author on the seminal paper “Death by Medicine” back in 2003, showing that modern medicine is in fact one of the leading causes of death in the United States. She also authored the book Death by Modern Medicine.
Last year, she was awarded the Arrhythmia Alliance Outstanding Medical Contribution to Cardiac Rhythm Management Services Award 2012. It was given by the Heart Rhythm Society of the UK, which is a major allopathic organization.
Dr. Dean has studied and written about magnesium for about 15 years. In January, 2003, she published the first edition of The Magnesium Miracle, and she’s currently working on the third edition of this book.
“What I want to convey today is the importance of magnesium, how you can get it, how you can know how much you require in your body, and the incredible benefits from using this simple mineral,” she says.
Magnesium—One of Your Most Important Minerals
Magnesium is a crucially important mineral for optimal health, performing a wide array of biological functions, including but not limited to:
Activating muscles and nerves
Creating energy in your body by activating adenosine triphosphate (ATP)
Helping digest proteins, carbohydrates, and fats
Serving as a building block for RNA and DNA synthesis
It’s also a precursor for neurotransmitters like serotonin
As mentioned, few people get enough magnesium in their diet these days. Meanwhile, calcium tends to be overutilized and taken in high quantities. This can cause more harm than good, as it’s very important to have a proper balance between these two minerals.
If you have too much calcium and not enough magnesium, your muscles will tend to go into spasm, and this has consequences for your heart in particular.
“What happens is, the muscle and nerve function that magnesium is responsible for is diminished. If you don’t have enough magnesium, your muscles go into spasm. Calcium causes muscle to contract. If you had a balance, the muscles would do their thing. They’d relax, contract, and create their activity,” she explains.
Magnesium is perhaps critical for heart health, as excessive amounts of calcium without the counterbalance of magnesium can lead to a heart attack and sudden death. According to Dr. Dean, your heart has the highest amount of magnesium in your body, specifically in your left ventricle. With insufficient amounts of magnesium, your heart simply cannot function properly.
Pay Attention to Your Calcium-Magnesium Ratio
Over the past 30 years, women have been told to take supplemental calcium to avoid osteoporosis. Many foods have also been fortified with extra calcium to prevent calcium deficiency among the general population. Despite such measures, osteoporosis has continued to climb.
“I’ve heard statistics like a 700 percent rise in osteoporosis in a 10-year period, even while taking all this calcium,” Dr. Dean says.
“The myth that’s been created about calcium is that we need twice as much calcium as we do magnesium. Most of the supplements reflect this. We’ve got a situation where people are taking 1,200 to 1,500 milligrams of calcium and maybe a few hundred milligrams of magnesium.
The 2:1 ratio—that was a mistake; a mistaken translation from French researcher Jean Durlach, who said never ever go beyond two parts calcium to one part magnesium in your food, water, or supplement intake combined.”
This was misinterpreted as meaning a 2:1 ratio was an appropriate ratio, which it’s not. A more appropriate ratio of calcium to magnesium is 1:1.
Also Address Your Vitamin K2 and D Ratios
While not addressed specifically in the featured video, I want to remind you that calcium and magnesium also needs to be balanced with vitamin D and K2. Many of Dr. Dean’s blogs address this issue and her concern that high dose vitamin D can overwork magnesium and lead to magnesium deficiency.
These four nutrients perform an intricate dance together, with one supporting the other. Lack of balance between these nutrients is why calcium supplements have become associated with increased risk of heart attacks and stroke, and why some people experience vitamin D toxicity.
Part of the explanation for these adverse side effects is that vitamin K2 keeps calcium in its appropriate place. If you’re K2 deficient, added calcium can cause more problems than it solves, by accumulating in the wrong places.
Similarly, if you opt for oral vitamin D, you need to also consume it in your food or take supplemental vitamin K2 and more magnesium. Taking mega doses of vitamin D supplements without sufficient amounts of K2 and magnesium can lead to vitamin D toxicity and magnesium deficiency symptoms, which include inappropriate calcification.
Magnesium and vitamin K2 (Strong source: kale) complement each other, as magnesium helps lower blood pressure, which is an important component of heart disease. So, all in all, anytime you’re taking any of the following: magnesium, calcium, vitamin D3, or vitamin K2, you need to take all the others into consideration as well, since these all work synergistically with one another.
Dietary Sources of Calcium and Magnesium
You can typically get enough calcium from your diet by eating nuts, seeds, deep green leafy vegetables, and dairy products. Homemade bone broth is another excellent source. Simply simmer leftover bones over low heat for an entire day to extract the calcium from the bones. Make sure to add a few tablespoons of vinegar. You can use this broth for soups, stews, or drink it straight. The “skin” that forms on the top is the best part as it also contains other valuable nutrients, such as sulfur, along with healthful fats. Magnesium, on the other hand, tends to be a bit scarcer in our modern food supply.
“Magnesium is farmed out of the soil much more than calcium,” Dr. Dean explains. “A hundred years ago, we would get maybe 500 milligrams of magnesium in an ordinary diet. Now we’re lucky to get 200 milligrams. People do need to supplement with magnesium.”
I agree with Dr. Dean on the supplement issue, as industrial agriculture has massively depleted most soils of beneficial minerals like magnesium. If you find biologically-grown organic foods (grown on soil treated with mineral fertilizers), you may still be able to get a lot of your magnesium from your food. Chlorophyllhas a magnesium atom in its center, allowing the plant to utilize the energy from the sun. Seaweed and green leafy vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard can be excellent sources of magnesium, as are some beans, nuts and seeds, like pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds. Avocados also contain magnesium. Juicing your vegetables is an excellent option to ensure you’re getting enough of them in your diet.
However, most foods grown today are deficient in magnesium and other minerals. Herbicides, like glyphosate also act as chelators, effectively blocking the uptake and utilization of minerals. As a result, I believe it would be highly unusual for anyone to have access to foods that are rich in magnesium, which is why I believe it is prudent to consider a magnesium supplement. This is my personal strategy even though I have access to highly nutrient dense foods.
Signs of Magnesium Deficiency
Unfortunately, there’s no easily available commercial lab test that will give you a truly accurate reading of the magnesium status in your tissues. Only one percent of magnesium in your body is distributed in your blood, making a simple sample of magnesium from a serum magnesium blood test highly inaccurate. Some specialty labs do provide an RBC magnesium test which is reasonably accurate. This leaves you with looking for signs and symptoms of deficiency. Early signs of magnesium deficiency include loss of appetite, headache, nausea, fatigue, and weakness. An ongoing magnesium deficiency can lead to more serious symptoms, including:
Numbness and tingling Muscle contractions and cramps Seizures
Personality changes Abnormal heart rhythms Coronary spasms
In her book, The Magnesium Miracle, Dr. Dean lists 100 factors that will help you decide whether or not you might be deficient. You can also follow the instructions in her blog post, “Gauging Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms,”1 which will give you a checklist to go through every few weeks. This will help you gauge how much magnesium you need in order to take away your deficiency symptoms.
Which Form of Magnesium Is Best?
If you opt for a magnesium supplement as recommended by Dr. Dean, be aware that there are several different forms of magnesium. The cheapest sources of magnesium are magnesium oxide supplements, which are poorly absorbed by your body. A mere four percent is absorbed when you take this kind. The remaining 96 percent goes through your intestines, which is why magnesium oxide tends to have a laxative effect, which can be useful if you are challenged with constipation.
Besides taking a supplement, another way to improve your magnesium status is to take regular Epsom salt baths or foot baths. Epsom salt is a magnesium sulfate that can absorb into your body through your skin. Magnesium oil (from magnesium chloride) can also be used for topical application and absorption.
The reason for the wide variety of magnesium supplements on the market is because the magnesium must be bound to another substance. There’s no such thing as a 100% magnesium compound supplement (except pico-ionic magnesium). The substance used in any given supplement compound can affect the absorption and bioavailability of the magnesium, and may provide slightly different, or targeted, health benefits:
*Magnesium glycinate is a chelated form of magnesium that tends to provide the highest levels of absorption and bioavailability and is typically considered ideal for those who are trying to correct a deficiency

*Magnesium oxide is a non-chelated type of magnesium, bound to an organic acid or a fatty acid. Contains 60 percent magnesium and has stool softening properties
*Magnesium chloride / Magnesium lactate contain only 12 percent magnesium, but has better absorption than others, such as magnesium oxide, which contains five times more magnesium

*Magnesium sulfate / Magnesium hydroxide (milk of magnesia) are typically used as a laxative. Be aware that it’s easy to overdose on these, so ONLY take as directed
*Magnesium carbonate, which has antacid properties, contains 45 percent magnesium
*Magnesium taurate contains a combination of magnesium and taurine, an amino acid. Together, they tend to provide a calming effect on your body and mind
*Magnesium citrate is magnesium with citric acid, which has laxative properties

*Magnesium threonate is a newer, emerging type of magnesium supplement that appears promising, primarily due to its superior ability to penetrate the mitochondrial membrane

Beware: Many Prescription Drugs Deplete Your Magnesium Stores
According to Dr. Dean, two major lifestyle factors that deplete your body of magnesium are stress and prescription drugs. Unfortunately, the conventional medical approach for the former oftentimes leads to the latter, making your situation progressively worse. Dr. Dean explains:

“The scenario that I like to talk about is very basic. You will recognize it immediately in either yourself or your family members. You go to your doctor. You’re under massive stress. Massive stress means you’re losing magnesium. You’re burning magnesium out of your body, because it helps support your adrenal glands. It helps keep you away from anxiety and depression. It helps relax your muscles.

If you’re all tight and stressed, your magnesium is being lost, [which makes] the muscles of your blood vessels tighten. That tightness is going to cause increased blood pressure. Your doctor… will say, ‘Oh, your blood pressure is elevated. We’ll give you a diuretic.’

A diuretic will drop the fluid level in your body to take the pressure off your blood vessels, so your blood pressure will drop. But diuretics also drain off your magnesium… A month later you come back, and the doctor finds your blood pressure’s even more elevated. Yes—because you’ve just lost more magnesium! Your doctor then puts you on a calcium channel blocker. Now, they have that part right. They know that without magnesium, your calcium is going to become elevated and will tighten up your blood vessels, so they try to block calcium. But they don’t know that magnesium is a natural calcium channel blocker.

Your doctor may also put you on an angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, another blood pressure drug… So, you go away with three drugs now. After two or three months, you come back and have blood taken to make sure that drugs aren’t hurting your liver… All of a sudden, your cholesterol is elevated. All of a sudden, your blood sugar is elevated. What does the doctor say? ‘Oh, we caught your cholesterol. We just caught your blood sugar. We can put you on medications.’ But they didn’t catch them; they caused them.”

Dr. Dean warns that the more you deplete your magnesium, the more out of control your cholesterol will get, because magnesium helps balance the enzyme that creates cholesterol in your body, thereby aiding in normalizing your cholesterol levels. Interestingly, and importantly, statin drugs destroy the same enzyme that magnesium balances, she says. Magnesium deficiency is also a common symptom in diabetes, so drugs may inadvertently contribute to diabetes simply by depleting your body of magnesium.

Fluoride Very Effectively Drains Your Body of Magnesium
Of particular concern is fluoride, which is used in a variety of different drugs. Fluoroquinolone antibiotics like Cipro are the most well known for their fluoride content and its associated problems. But fluoride is also added to other drugs, including certain cholesterol medications, anti-anxiety drugs, and painkillers for arthritis, for example. Magnesium binds to fluoride to form magnesium fluoride, and that very effectively drains magnesium from your body.
Many drugs also tend to promote chronic inflammation. According to Dr. Dean, calcium is a precursor of inflammatory effects, while magnesium is an effective anti-inflammatory nutrient. This is why it’s so important to maintain the appropriate ratio of magnesium to calcium. Again, too much calcium without sufficient amounts of magnesium may actually contribute to the development of heart disease.
“We’ve got three studies now in the British Medical Journal. It was a research facility out of New Zealand that showed that women who simply take calcium supplements are at a much higher risk for heart disease. Nothing is said about magnesium. People were just sort of left up in the air. Some doctors are saying, ‘Yeah, don’t take calcium anymore.’ Nobody’s talking about magnesium as being the balance point,” she says.

More Information
You can learn more about this important mineral by visiting Dr. Dean’s website,, or by reading her book, The Magnesium Miracle. She’s also on the medical board of the Nutritional Magnesium Association, a non-profit organization where you can get free information about magnesium.

Studies on Magnesium
Magnesium chloride significantly increases of magnesium serum levels using magnesium chloride –
Magnesium chloride also improved (reduced symptoms of) psychomotor response to 5-HT and d-amphetamine –
Magnesium chloride has a cardioprotective effect –
Magnesium chloride improves insulin sensitivity and increases serum magnesium levels 25% after administering 2.5gr / day –
Magnesium helps control blood sugar –
Magnesium improves insulin sensitivity –
Oral magnesium reduces insulin resistance –
Magnesium protects against diabetic neuropathy –
Magnesium improved skin in diabetic rats –
Magnesium reduces systemic inflammation, insulin resistance and the incidence of diabetes –
Magnesium improves vascular function in diabetic patients – vascular is heart and blood –
Low magnesium IS related to obesity and inflammation –
Magnesium chloride supplements help obese women lose weight –
Magnesium protects the skin in diabetic dysfunction –
Magnesium improves heart health and hardening of arteries in diabetic patients –
Magnesium is prescribed in gestational diabetes and in pre-eclampsia –
Low magnesium is associated with insulin resistance –