Magnesium, Vitamin C and Kidney Stones

It’s not a coincidence that magnesium deficiency and kidney stones share the same causes, including alcoholism, high sugar, coffee and oxalates. Deficiency in magnesium increases the risk of kidney stones.

Magnesium is needed to stimulate the production of calcitonin, which directs calcium in the blood and tissues back into the bones. Without this process, calcium builds up in the kidneys, causing kidney stones.

Vitamin C has an equally important role. Vitamin C or ascorbic acid, decreases the pH of urine, making it more acidic. This helps to dissolve magnesium ammonium phosphate stones, which usually require surgical removal. High doses of Vitamin C can prevent magnesium stones forming. A magnesium and vitamin B-complex can prevent calcium stones forming. All of which you should find in a good quality multi-nutrient supplement.