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Doctor insights on: Pros Cons Of Magnesium Supplements

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


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What are magnesium supplements used for?

What are magnesium supplements used for?

Low Magnesium levels: Certain patients have chronically low blood levels of magnesium (usually due to abnormal loss of magnesium in the urine or stool) and oral supplementation is used at times in severe cases. ...Read more

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How fast does magnesium supplements work?

Magnesium : It depends on the form of magnesium and how you take it. It works with minutes in many cases, certainly in less than an hour. Most Americans are at least a little suboptimal in their magnesium levels. ...Read more

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How long does magnesium supplements take to work?

Magnesium Tablets: Magnesium is the relaxation mineral, as compared to calcium, which is the contraction mineral for muscles. I.V. magnesium starts working immediately. Oral magnesium has to be absorbed in the G.I. tract, which would vary person to person. Keep in mind that it can vary up to 8 fold from person to person how much magnesium a person needs, as well. ...Read more

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Which type of magnesium supplement should I take?

Magnesium: Before you waste your money on a magnesium (M) supplements (S), here is a list of food rich in M: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Patients/Programs-and-Services/Documents/CP0403MagnesiumRichFoods.pdf

If you consume none of these foods, you then may need to have some supplements. M supplements can cause nausea, cramps, and diarrhea. It is always better to ingest M from foods rather that from S. ...Read more

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Should a 15 y.O. Be taking a magnesium supplement?

Should a 15 y.O. Be taking a magnesium supplement?

Magnesium: Before you waste your money on a magnesium (M) supplements (S), here is a list of food rich in M: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Patients/Programs-and-Services/Documents/CP0403MagnesiumRichFoods.pdf

If he consumes none of these foods, you then may need to have some supplements. M supplements can cause nausea, cramps, and diarrhea. It is always better to ingest M from foods rather that from S. ...Read more

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What is magnesium supplements good for in a woman?

Many things: The majority of americans are deficient in magnesium. Low magnesium can cause or aggravate muscle spasms, anxiety, insomnia, menstrual cramps, migraine headaches, pms, high blood pressure, fatigue, palpitations, constipation, asthma, osteoporosis etc. The best magnesium supplements are magnesium taurate, glycinate, citrate and aspartate. See
http://drcarolyndean.Com/magnesium_miracle/. ...Read more

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What is the most appropriate form of magnesium supplement?

What is the most appropriate form of magnesium supplement?

Magnesium: Before you waste your money on a magnesium (M) supplements (S), here is a list of food rich in M: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Patients/Programs-and-Services/Documents/CP0403MagnesiumRichFoods.pdf

If you consume none of these foods, you then may need to have some supplements. M supplements can cause nausea, cramps, and diarrhea. It is always better to ingest M from foods rather that from S. ...Read more

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What can result from taking too much magnesium supplements?

Too much magnesium: Oral ingestion of magnesium can lead to diarrhea; it is a decent laxative. If magnesium is absorbed, then blood levels will rise and BP will decline; it can also make muscles weak. Kidneys will eliminate magnesium if they are healthy ...Read more

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Can anyone take magnesium supplements? And why do we need it?

Most can: Magnesium is freely excreted by the kidneys, so if you have normal renal function it won't bother you. But if you have kidney disease your levels could increase with supplements. Also magnesium supplements aren't needed unless your level is low, which could also cause low potassium levels. ...Read more

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Will it matter if you take magnesium supplements with, or without food?

Depends : On the manufacturer. Many need food to facilitate absorbption . Check with the packaging or your pharmacist. ...Read more

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What is a good magnesium supplement to take? What is a good dosage to start?

What is a good magnesium supplement to take? What is a good dosage to start?

Magnesium supplement: It is smart of you to check. Some magnesium supplements e.g. Magnesium oxide are cheap but not well absorbed.
Good one is magnesium malate. Take enough to get 200 mg of elemental magnesium per day up to 400 mg per day. ...Read more

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If i'm taking a 2 magnesium supplement pills a day. wouldn't that increase my magnesium levels. when i had my blood drawn the levels were normal ?

No: That ignores the fact that your body regulates your magnesium levels. We don't know exactly how, or how much it matters. You per out magnesium you do not need. I suggest a duet with green vegetables instead of pills. ...Read more

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Could magnesium supplements treat anxiety?

Could magnesium supplements treat anxiety?

Magnesium can be: Used to help w/anxiety but it is far better to seek out the help of a professional also. There are many causes for anxiety and it's best to get trained in strategies to resolve them. Also, too much magnesium can cause the runs and there are several types of magnesium. I use magnesium citrate w/patients. You may also find a brand called jigsaw magnesium helpful. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Should i take magnesium supplement while taking amoxycillan?

Should i take magnesium supplement while taking amoxycillan?

Separate: Magnesium can interfere with the absorption of certain antibiotics so to play it safe you should separate the magnesium and the Amoxicillin by at least 4 hours, or wait until you are done with the Amoxicillin to start the magnesium. ...Read more

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Which type of magnesium supplements are best for a low blood mag level? Tyvm

Which type of magnesium supplements are best for a low blood mag level? Tyvm

Taurate,glycinate &: Good question. Magnesium deficiency is very common but many forms of magnesium are difficult to absorb. The 2 best absorbed forms are magnesium taurate and glycinate. Citrate and chloride are also fairly well absorbed. Magnesium is also absorbed through our skin. Epsom salt baths are proven to raise mag. Levels and topical mag. Chloride solution also works. ...Read more

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I have heard that magnesium supplements help with endometriosis. Is this true?

I have heard that magnesium supplements help with endometriosis. Is this true?

Limited data: There is evidence that patients with endometriosis have low magnesium levels; however, there is much less useful evidence about whether magnesium supplements will help with endometriosis. In this situation, i would discuss with your doctor about getting your mag level checked; if it is low, then supplement to normal levels. I would not go supra-normal. ...Read more

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Besides food -what is the best kind of magnesium supplement to take if you are deficient ?

Besides food -what is the best kind of magnesium supplement to take if you are deficient ?

Magnesium: Magnesium glycinate or taurate would be easiest to absorb and less likely to cause diarrhea. ...Read more

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I began a calcium/magnesium supplement program, how long before I notice the full effects?

I began a calcium/magnesium supplement program, how long before I notice the full effects?

Depends: Why are you on the program? I recommend a 1:1 dosage--i.e., equal amounts of calcium and magnesium. The dosage is determined by your bowel tolerance--i.e., the dosage that gives you diarrhea or loose stools. Just reduce the dosage to what is comfortable for you. Excess calcium impairs magnesium absorption--and inadequate magnesium impairs calcium absorption. ...Read more

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How does magnesium supplements help with better sleep? What's the science of it? And what are the other benifets?

How does magnesium supplements help with better sleep? What's the science of it? And what are the other benifets?

Treats deficiency: I'm not sure magnesium will help someone sleep if they have sufficient magnesium, but only 32% of americans get adequate magnesium in their diets. Magnesium deficiency is widespread not only due to lack in diet but alcohol. Stress ; many drugs cause magnesium depletion. Low magnesium causes insomnia, anxiety, fatigue, muscle spasms, high blood pressure, headaches etc. See http://bit.Ly/1dpai09. ...Read more

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Is Magnesium Threonate the best magnesium supplement to take? Want to supplement for a short while, maybe 1 month, to see if it improves sleep.

It is good: it is acceptable supplement.

problem supplement considered to be food, and there is no regulation to assure the public what really inside the bottle.
try to use a respectable known company. ...Read more

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Can magnesium supplements cause rash?

Can magnesium supplements cause rash?

Depends: Magnesium is in food, and should not by itself cause a rash. It is more likely if rash develops that the cause may be a different ingredient in the supplements, such as coloring or flavor or filler. ...Read more

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Can a magnesium supplement help resolve pvcs?

Yes: It all depends on what's causing the pvcs. But if your magnesium is on the low side, supplementing mg can help prevent pvcs from deteriorating into a more serious rhythm like v tach or v fib. Usually, mg is an add-on to another cardiac med but you should discuss your treatment options and purpose of each med with your cardiologist. ...Read more

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What magnesium supplement can I buy? I have uterine spasms.

A protein chelate: Adults need about 500 mg of elemental magnesium (mg) each day and most americans are deficient. Avoid magnesium oxide which is poorly absorbed. Choose a chelate (mg bound to an Amino Acid like aspartate or orotate) and read the label to find out the elemental mg amount in each pill. ...Read more

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Can i take a magnesium supplement with my prescribed ativan (lorazepam)?

Can i take a magnesium supplement with my prescribed ativan (lorazepam)?

Certainly: Magnesium is present in a very wide range of foods so if it interacted with Ativan (lorazepam) there would be hundreds of foods unsafe to eat! taking magnesium can reduce anxiety ; help insomnia ; might reduce your need for ativan (lorazepam). The best-absorbed forms are magnesium glycinate ; taurate. See http://bit.Ly/1dpai09 for more on magnesium and health. ...Read more