If so, are you taking the right type? That may be the most important question you answer because it is a very important supplement. You may not realize it, but low magnesium can cause all kinds of problems that many women think is due to mesh immune issues. This is why I don’t agree with any immune registry because there is so much more to it. This is also why I decided to write this blog today.
I began taking magnesium back in 2008 after my daughter Kim had her bad reaction to Cipro. (I will give you the link to that blog at the end of this one.) Kim did a lot of research to try to get back onto her feet and she told me I too needed to take it. I believe a lot of the supplements I have taken have helped me survive mesh complications better than some women, even though I am disabled because of the implant.
This may surprise you but we also give it to all new dogs that come here to our rescue and any that have leg injuries or when they make a jump they limp. We also give it daily to any dog past five years old. This is Happy Jack, a wonderful little rescue dog that loves to run and jump, but we noticed a limp after he jumped up on the couch to fetch his ball, so Kim ordered a powdered form and he gets 1/8th a teaspoon daily in his food.
This is the one Kim bought for the dogs. The results over three months of supplements are amazing.
Molly another rescue dog came here with a leg injury and the shelter thought it was because she was an old lady and they needed a rescue to take her because they thought she was unadoptable in that condition. She dragged one leg behind her and we were truly worried about her condition and if she would ever be able to walk again. Molly is part Dachshund and part Poodle and is now running very fast up and down the steps in front of the couch. Kim managed to find the Vet who she used to go to and it turns out she was only three years old, so it goes to prove that a leg injury may mislead anyone into believing a dog (or person for that matter) is older than it truly is, and there are far better alternatives to surgery.
Other dogs who have since been adopted, we have seen fantastic results by giving them magnesium along with other supplements. Dogs are no different than we humans and they need extra supplements in their diet.
Now it is time to learn more about magnesium.
First is there a test? I personally didn’t worry about this; I just began taking it sensibly.
How To Test For Magnesium Deficiency. Since magnesium is found inside our bones, muscles, and brain tissue, it can be difficult to properly determine the amount of magnesium in our bodies. As a result, multiple tests have been developed to estimate our total magnesium levels.
There are currently five types of magnesium tests available:
- Exa Test
- Loading/Tolerance Test
All are blood tests except for EXA Test (which uses mouth tissue) and the Tolerance Test (more below). I will give you the link at the bottom, so that you can read about these tests.
So what does it do.
What is magnesium and what does it do?
Magnesium is a nutrient that the body needs to stay healthy. Magnesium is important for many processes in the body, including regulating muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure and making protein bone, and DNA.
So why do we need it.
What happens if I don’t get enough magnesium? In the short term, getting too little magnesium does not produce obvious symptoms. When healthy people have low intakes, the kidneys help retain magnesium by limiting the amount lost in urine. Low magnesium intakes for a long period of time, however, can lead to magnesium deficiency. In addition, some medical conditions and medications interfere with the body’s ability to absorb magnesium or increase the amount of magnesium that the body excretes, which can also lead to magnesium deficiency. Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and weakness. Extreme magnesium deficiency can cause numbness, tingling, muscle cramps, seizures, personality changes, and an abnormal heart rhythm.
Do we get enough in our food?
What foods provide magnesium? Magnesium is found naturally in many foods and is added to some fortified foods. You can get recommended amounts of magnesium by eating a variety of foods, including the following:
- Legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and green leafy vegetables (such as spinach)
- Fortified breakfast cereals and other fortified foods
- Milk, yogurt, and some other milk products
Are you getting enough magnesium?
The diets of most people in the United States provide less than the recommended amounts of magnesium. Men older than 70 and teenage girls are most likely to have low intakes of magnesium. When the amount of magnesium people get from food and dietary supplements is combined, however, total intakes of magnesium are generally above recommended amounts.
Where does magnesium come from?
Magnesium in the Soil. Magnesium is a component of several primary and secondary minerals in the soil, which are essentially insoluble, for agricultural considerations. These materials are the original sources of the soluble or available forms of Mg. Magnesium is also present in relatively soluble forms, and is found in ionic form (Mg++) adhered to the soil colloidal complex. The ionic form is considered to be available to crops.
Why don’t we get enough in foods? Has farming changed?
What is Fallow Ground? By Timothy Baron, eHow Contributor
Agriculture can be draining to the soil, especially when farmers plant the same crop year after year. The reason is simple: Each species of plant leeches something from the soil while giving something else back. For instance, soybeans leave nitrates in the soil while corn absorbs nitrates. To replenish the chemical composition of soil after a crop, some farmers let their land go fallow so that the native plants can naturally restore the soil’s balance.
Crop Rotation. The core philosophy behind crop rotation is that letting a field lie fallow enables it to restore minerals depleted by crops. Crop rotation is all the more important in fields where the soil is prone to depletion or where demanding crops have been grown.
What types of magnesium supplements are there, how much should I take and what is right for you?
The recommended daily intake of magnesium increases with age, but most adults should shoot for 400 mg. But there’s one slight issue. There are many, many types of magnesium, and the body absorbs each differently. So which one should you be taking? Let’s dive into the most common magnesium supplements available and what differentiates them from each other.
Magnesium Oxide and Hydroxide. Magnesium oxide is a mineral compound commonly found in the earth’s crust. It has very low bioavailability and is considered the least optimal form of magnesium to supplement.
Magnesium oxide is often used in milk of magnesia products since it has a strong laxative effect. That in itself is a red flag for those looking to increase magnesium levels; as a general rule, loose stools from magnesium supplementation are a sign that your body isn’t fully absorbing the magnesium or that you’re taking too much.
Unfortunately, this type of magnesium is commonly used in supplements due to its low cost. Taking this one may help you if you are constipated from taking pain medications.
Magnesium Citrate. A magnesium acid complex that is widely available, versatile and has solid bioavailability, magnesium citrate is a popular option. This magnesium supplement comes widely recommended by doctors and health professionals.
There are numerous ways to supplement magnesium citrate: capsules/tablets, ionic liquid and powder that you mix into drinks. It’s a great option for the budget-conscious!
Magnesium Chloride. This is likely the most popular mineral magnesium. Magnesium chloride is commonly found in sea water. It’s believed to have the highest bioavailability of mineral magnesiums and can be supplemented as a capsule or a liquid.
Magnesium Oil. Magnesium oils
are quickly gaining popularity as a way to easily and safely supplement magnesium. Quality magnesium oils are made with magnesium chloride and water, creating a super-saturated brine. This non-greasy mineral brine soaks easily into skin without leaving an unpleasant residue. It’s typically sold in a spray bottle, so users of magnesium oil simply spritz it on after a bath or shower. Bonus: magnesium oil also helps nourish and moisturize the skin. Win-win!
Magnesium Sulfate. You’ve probably heard of this type of magnesium before, but by a different name. Ever heard of Epsom salts? That’s magnesium sulfate!
Unless you enjoy swallowing supplements, this is one of the most pleasant ways to supplement magnesium; simply dissolve a cup or two of Epsom salts in a warm bath and soak. Unfortunately, bioavailability is pretty low. That just means more bath time, right?
Magnesium sulfate also provides sulfur, which can help soothe tired muscles. That makes epsom salts popular among athletes!
Amino Acid Magnesium Chelates. If you’ve ever wondered what “chelated” supplements are, the explanation is actually quite simple: minerals that are bound to amino acid proteins.
So, chelated magnesium supplements are lab-created substances created by bonding magnesium to an amino acid containing nitrogen. Because the magnesium is bound to different amino acid, chelated magnesium supplements have varying benefits than standard magnesium supplements.
Magnesium amino acid chelates can include:
●Magnesium Glycinate – Optimum bioavailability
●Magnesium Lysinate – Good bioavailability
●Magnesium Orotate – Heart health support
●Magnesium Taurate – Heart health support and promotes calmness
●Magnesium Aspartate – Helps fight fatigue and promote cellular energy
●Magnesium L-Threonate – Promotes mental sharpness and cognitive health
●Magnesium Malate – Supports ATP production and cellular energy
Chelated magnesium supplements tend to be a bit more expensive because of the complex processes required to make them.
The good news? The human body is very good at absorbing amino acids! Amino acid chelates generally have high bioavailability because they rely on protein pathways instead of water solubility.
There are other forms of magnesium out there (like magnesium bicarbonate, magnesium carbonate, magnesium phosphate…) but they aren’t nearly as popular as the forms mentioned above.
To summarize, most magnesium supplements differ in their bioavailability and ways to take them. Some supplements, like the magnesium chelates, have other benefits due to the amino acids they are bound to.
Now you may be wondering which one I take. These are 133 mg capsules and I take 3 a day normally but after surgery I did increase it to four a day. Why? Because it helps with pain and I did not have a good appetite after surgery.
Magnesium and pain.
Clinical experience, as well as research in nerve pain conditions such as pancreatic cancer, has shown that magnesium can be an effective treatment for pain. Although it is clear why magnesium can decrease muscle pain (it makes muscles relax), why it would help nerve pain was less clear. A new study on rats to be printed in The Journal of Physiology confirms our clinical experience that magnesium decreases nerve pain — while also pointing to how it works.
A major mechanism of pain is the excessive stimulation of a brain chemical called “NMDA.” The few medications that help decrease and balance this pain-carrying neurotransmitter have the downside of causing significant side effects. Magnesium seems to settle down NMDA without the toxicity. The upside of magnesium is that is very inexpensive (pennies a dose). The downside is that it hasn’t yet made it through the FDA approval process. It won’t because you cannot make money from it unless you add a toxic ingredient that costs a lot more and there is a huge margin of profit.
For an especially powerful effect, the magnesium can be used intravenously, and is an important tool used by most holistic physicians (including those at the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers). Many holistic physicians use IV magnesium to eliminate an acute migraine headache. It has even been shown to ease the incredibly severe nerve pain that can sometimes be seen in pancreatic cancer. It is also very helpful for settling down fibromyalgia pain, which has a muscle and nerve component.
The authors of the study suggest that magnesium deficiency can be a major amplifier of pain. Because of food processing, most people are magnesium deficient. If you have pain, taking magnesium each day can start to decrease these deficiencies as well as the pain, after just several weeks — while also leaving you feeling more energetic. (If you have kidney problems, do not use without your physician’s OK.)
Have you taken a lot of Cipro and/or Levaquin?
Fluoroquinolones Destroy Collagen
Animal studies have shown that fluoroquinolones are directly toxic to collagen synthesis and promote collagen degradation.4 Fluoride disrupts collagen synthesis, which may be part of the reason that fluoridated pharmaceuticals can damage your muscles, tendons, cartilage, ligaments and other structures.
The fluoroquinolones seem to have an especially detrimental effect on your musculoskeletal system, presumably related to this adverse effect on collagen, which can lead to tendon damage and actual tendon ruptures. This resulted in the FDA’s issuing of a black box warning about tendon damage in 2008.5 Fluoroquinolones are not the only drugs “suped up” by the addition of a fluoride molecule. Prozac (fluoxetine), Prevacid, Baycol, and Dalmane (flurazepam) are also fluorinated.
So can magnesium help? YES! I saw a remarkable change in Kim after she was given it after her terrible reaction to Cipro. Here is more to read.
If you or someone you love are placed on these dangerous antibiotics, for whatever reason, one of the ways you can compensate for this toxicity is by taking
magnesium. It likely binds to the drugs and prevents it from causing the collagen damage. In fact, animal studies have shown that magnesium deficient animals can develop similar damage to those exposed to fluroquinolone drugs. Lack of extracellular magnesium impairs the function of integrins which are transmembrane proteins that connect the cells to the extracellular matrix proteins which provide the functional strength for collagen.
I recently wrote three blogs about these drugs and reading them may be the most important thing you do, next to taking magnesium. http://www.meshangels.com/tendon-education/
I do not get paid to promote Swanson Vitamins, but women ask me all the time where I buy supplements and I constantly give them the answer. I right, not for profit but because it is the right thing to do. This link will take you to the article about magnesium and the types they sell.
This link will take you to a site that explains tests and everything about deficiency. http://www.mymagnesiumdeficiency.info/how-to-test-for-magnesium-deficiency/ Be sure to read this man’s story but clicking on the link at the top of this blog.
To learn more about magnesium in the soil