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Microblog: Carnivore Foods High in Magnesium

Microblog: Carnivore Foods High in Magnesium

I’m a fan of beef-only but only while healing.

🦄There are stories of beef-only for decades but for many, it’s not an ideal long-term diet.

Magnesium is one reason why.

⚠️For many, magnesium is hard to come by on a meat-based diet. If you stick to beef only, it becomes increasingly difficult.

⚠️If you are male, it’s even more difficult (the recommended DV for men is ~35% higher than for women: 420 vs. 310 mg).

⚠️Add carbs to the diet, and the need of magnesium becomes even greater.

❗️Remember, sugar intake has shown to increase the excretion of magnesium by the kidneys. So, more sugar intake requires more magnesium.

PMID: 16808892, 26322160

🐮The truth is that magnesium isn’t rich in any part of the cow. Even the liver.

👥The RDAs don’t hold true for every single person (RDAs are set for the average person and if the average person is sick…)

💡But magnesium is one mineral you don’t want to skimp on.

🥩EVEN IF you eat 32 ounces of ribeye daily, you won’t hit 50% of the DV.

❗️Beef only isn’t ideal and why many carnivores struggle with leg cramps.

Magnesium isn’t like vitamin C.

⚡️Magnesium is needed as a spark plug. It’s involved in 600+ cellular reactions, like making DNA.

Magnesium also helps muscles contract.

⬇️Mg deficiency can cause high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmia, cardiovascular disease and sudden cardiac death.

💔Yes, low magnesium can cause heart attacks.
PMID: 23719551

So yeah, magnesium’s pretty important.

⚠️And before you blame a carnivore diet for magnesium deficiencies, 50-80% of people ARE deficient in magnesium. PMID: 29387426

💇🏼‍♀️PS. blood levels DO NOT reflect intracellular levels. HTMAs shine here.

💡Maybe eating a meat-only diet gets you closer to root cause healing, like figuring out magnesium deficiency.

☀️If you’re deficient in magnesium, you can’t properly metabolize vitamin D. (you also need good gallbladder/liver function (bile) to best utilize vitamin D).

⛑If you’re low in vitamin D, first look at magnesium. If you’re low in magnesium, first look at your sugar load.

🌈Eat a rainbow of meats. Your body will thank you for it.

Nutrition with Judy


  • Timothy
    November 3, 2022 at 10:21 am

    Even with the above mentioned carnivore solutions for magnesium it would be pretty impossible to heat the daily goal for a male. Perhaps the solution is to revert back to an omnivore type diet, where we eat to nourish ourselves with the foods highest in the nutrients that we need ie. for Magnesium needs.

    • Lou
      June 4, 2023 at 1:27 pm

      An omnivore type diet is not a good idea. Adding carbs to the diet, increases the need of magnesium as well as others nutrients.

  • alan
    September 20, 2023 at 5:08 am

    is the rda really sculpted in stone as THE TRUTH ?
    it seems that many rda s are not so really exact

  • Linda Hanks
    November 10, 2023 at 12:01 pm

    Excellent source of information for a person recovering from a gall bladder operation.

  • Inaki Legorburu
    March 8, 2024 at 10:37 am

    It seems that without carbs and fibres in the diet the real requirements for many vitamins and minerals are significantly reduced to levels lower than RDA. Even protein requirements may be lower. How far has the science progressed on this?

    • Thomas
      April 22, 2024 at 10:04 am

      Exactly what I’m wondering.

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