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Does magnesium supplementation reduce my chances of getting recurrent kidney stones?


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This has competing and conflicting data, but ultimately, magnesium helps prevent new kidney stones. Magnesium 400mg to 800mg daily, along with vitamin B6 50mg 1-2 times daily and pure lemon juice help reduce stone formation. Also cut down on red meat and increase water intake.


1. Johansson G, Backman U, Danielson BG, et al. Biochemical and clinical effects of the prophylactic treatment of renal calcium stones with magnesium hydroxide. J Urol 1980;124:770–4 Magnes Res. 2017 Nov 1;30(4):107-119. doi: 10.1684/mrh.2018.0429.

2. Effect of urine pH and magnesium on calcium oxalate saturation https://www.renalandurologynews.com/commentary/kidney-stone-prevention-fact-versus-fiction/article/217239/. Accessed 5/30/2019.


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