Magnesium for elderly people

Magnesium for elderly people

Elderly people in particular benefit from taking adequate amounts of magnesium. Read on to find out why.

With increasing age, our physical activity declines and with it our food and fluid intake – our magnesium requirement, however, remains the same. At the same time, magnesium-rich foods, such as legumes, are frequently avoided because they are often difficult to digest. This can result in an inadequate magnesium intake and levels.

In addition, this may also raise the risk of diseases such as diabetes and cardiac arrhythmia. For this reason, experts recommend that elderly people should in particular take care to ensure an adequate magnesium intake.

Magnesium protects the heart

Magnesium plays an important role in normal cardiac function. It acts as a natural counterpart to calcium, which helps to stimulate muscles, while magnesium helps to relax them again. This enables the heart to beat regularly and rhythmically. Magnesium deficiency can consequently have a negative impact on heart health and encourage the development of cardiac arrhythmia.


Find out more here on the topic of Magnesium & the heart.

Magnesium & diabetes

The regulation of blood sugar levels is impaired in diabetics, and their kidney function is affected too, so that more magnesium can be lost via the urine if blood sugar levels are not monitored properly. This can result in magnesium deficiency. Diabetics must therefore take particular care to ensure an adequate magnesium intake.

Find out more about Magnesium & diabetes here.

Magnesium & medication

Long-term treatment of acid reflux and heartburn with acid blockers (proton pump inhibitors e.g. omeprazole, pantoprazole) affects the absorption of magnesium and can lead to severe magnesium deficiency. The package information leaflets that come with the respective medication contain warnings to this effect. So if you take acid blockers on a regular basis, be alert to the symptoms of magnesium deficiency (e.g. calf cramps, muscle tension) and take a high-quality magnesium product too in order to prevent the acid blockers causing magnesium deficiency.

Important: Use a product containing organic magnesium citrate, so that no gastric acid is required to release the magnesium, which can be absorbed directly by the body. A suitable product is Magnesium-Diasporal® 300 mg available in pharmacies. The granules for oral solution contain pure magnesium citrate as it naturally occurs in the human body, making Magnesium-Diasporal® 300 mg biocompatible and fast-acting.

Magnesium & food

Although magnesium is commonly found in many plant-based and animal based foods, their magnesium content varies considerably. Legumes and cereal products have a high magnesium content. Eating industrially processed food and an unbalanced diet can also result in magnesium deficiency.

You should eat foods with a high magnesium content every day. Here is a list of foods rich in magnesium.


Good to know:

Magnesium deficiency can also play a role in constipation. One easy and useful remedy for this is just to drink more water. This increases the volume of the high-fibre food in the intestine, prompting it to transport further onwards.

The German Nutrition Society (DGE) and the Food and Nutrition Board (FNB)* recommend that adults should take between 300 mg and 400 mg of magnesium a day, depending on their age and gender. Magnesium citrate is a particularly suitable form, as this organic magnesium compound naturally occurs in the human body and is well tolerated.

*Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (USA)