Magnesium is a mineral most of us lack and are important for your muscle tissues.
This is taken from an email from Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D. one of the foremost proponents of Magnesium.
The Magnesium Miracle is a lifesaving book. Over 300 pages of information on dozens of health conditions and how to treat with magnesium...and other nutrients. The hundreds of references make it a text you would be proud to show your doctor to garner their support for your plan to improve your health.
The most common questions I get are about magnesium. Whether it will help a particular problem or what products I recommend and what forms and dosage of magnesium to take, especially the forms of magnesium that don't cause the laxative effect. My recommended products are under Resources on my website.
As for whether you should use magnesium, in general, magnesium can help virtually every health condition.
For even more on magnesium, go to the Nutritional Magnesium Association. You can also join the Magnesium Advocacy Group where people interested in magnesium freely share questions and answers.
Now for your questions:
FIRST QUESTION: There are so many types of magnesium, what's the best type and how much should I use?
Here is a breakdown on the various types of magnesium and what they can do for you.
Magnesium oxide It's the cheapest but only 4% absorbed. The rest goes through the intestines like a laxative. Good for constipation but not likely going to give you enough magnesium for therapeutic treatment of health conditions or to build up magnesium stores. If you take it and have several BM's a day, you will lose nutrients including magnesium.
The rest of the magnesium products are rated on whether they have laxative effects or not. There are no real absorption studies on all the magnesium except magnesium oxide.
Magnesium glycinate: Less laxative
Magnesium malate: Two studies show it's beneficial for fibromyalgia pain
Magnesium aspartate: Not recommended by Dr. Russell Blaylock because it can break down into the poisonous aspartame artificial sweetener.
Magnesium glutamate: Not recommended by Dr. Russell Blaylock because it can break down into the poisonous MSG.
Magnesium bisglycinate with SRT: Less laxative
Magnesium citrate powder, Natural Calm dissolved in water can be sipped throughout the day making it less laxative
They claim to be better absorbed and less laxative but they are only magnesium compounds with an attached amino acid. It's said that chelating mimics what plants do to minerals but plants chelate picometer-size minerals to begin with, not the much larger sized compounds in these products.
It's said these are products are less laxative because they are supposedly smaller sized like plant minerals, but I personally get the laxative effect from them so I know they are not 100% absorbed. I recommend Grown by Nature if people want this form of magnesium.
Magnesium chloride supersaturated in distilled water makes an oily substance that you can put on your skin to relieve any sort of muscle or joint injury. But it's also well absorbed and helps body-wide magnesium deficiency symptoms.
Magnesium Bath Salts
1-2 cups of Epsom Salts, Magnesium chloride flakes or Natural Calm Sports. Baths are a great non-laxative way to obtain some of your magnesium requirements.
Pico Ionic Magnesium: ReMag (disclosure: this is my product)
100% absorbed at the cellular level. No laxative effect. The underlined magnesiums are my usual recommendations.
The dosage of magnesium is at least the RDA of 400 mg and sometimes double or triple that amount. Start with the RDA, splitting your doses up through the day and increase if you symptoms are not alleviated. See my book for the 100 factors that alert you to magnesium deficiency or google my name and 100 factors.
SECOND QUESTION: This involved my short presentation about being cautious using high doses of Vitamin D. This angered people who said I was dead wrong because they had benefited from high dose Vitamin D. But far more people agreed that they had been harmed by too much Vitamin D. The ratio was 5 against Vitamin D to 1 for Vitamin D. Judging from the mood of the people who berated me for my cautious advice, I would say their irritability is probably due to magnesium deficiency.
Basically Vitamin D is a hormone with a feedback mechanism to let you know if you have enough calcium. Because we are so calcified with supplements and fortified foods, our Vitamin D levels in general are low. This has been interpreted as a deficiency and not as a reaction to calcium. Also Vitamin D requires magnesium to transform it from the storage form to the active form. So when you take Vitamin D in high doses you overuse your magnesium and you hold on to more calcium, which also knocks out your magnesium. People who are already magnesium deficient can get hit very hard. The 20% of people who can metabolize Vitamin D without ill effects do well on it. To determine which you are is difficult. So, what you do is monitor you 25-OH Vitamin D levels, work up to about 800mg of magnesium and slowly build up your Vitamin D using 1,000-2,000 IU daily.
Carolyn Dean MD ND The Doctor of the Future RECOMMENDATIONS: To get well and stay well, join my 2-year online wellness program called Completement Now! The best low glycemic, Non-GMO meal replacement that I use every day is Whey Too Good. The various types of magnesium to take are on my website under Resources including my product ReMag. The most commonly used magnesium is Natural Calm available at VitaCost and most health food stores. Under books you'll find my eBooks: How to Change Your Life with Magnesium, Future Health Now Encyclopedia & Death by Modern Medicine. For angstrom minerals go to HealthShop. For Detoxing I use LL's Magnetic Clay and Magnesium Flakes. For yeast overgrowth, IBS and digestive disorders, I recommend Prescript Assist. For Coconut products and Antioxidant Green Powder go to Tropical Traditions. For food-based supplements Grown by Nature offers my readers a 20% discount on your purchases. At checkout, just enter the code: gbn123. For psychological and emotional issues I recommend EFT, The Linden Method (for anxiety) and The Healing Codes. For everything and everything else, take RnA Drops and read my Blog about RnA Drops. To help you decide pick up a free bottle of RnA Drops with no obligation. NOTE: Only you can know if something is helping you. If you don't feel well on a supposed beneficial product, listen to your body and stop taking it! Knowing when to Not take something is a big part of taking responsibility for your health.
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