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Doctor insights on: The Benefits And Side Effects Of Calcium And Magnesium Supplements

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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

Dr. Randy Baker
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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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I read calcium and magnesium supplements help you sleep better, is that true?

I read calcium and magnesium supplements help you sleep better, is that true?

CALCIUM AND MAGNESIU: It is true if you are low or deficient in these minerals. Many people do not have good diet and do have deficiency in minerals etc. Therefore calcium and magnesium supplements can help some people sleep better. ...Read more

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Side effects of calcium supplement?

Side effects of calcium supplement?

Multiple: The body needs calcium to maintain strong bones. However, supplemental calcium can also contribute to calcification of arteries which can lead to strokes and heart attacks. Speak to your physician about how to best meet your calcium needs without increasing your risks. Natural sources of calcium are usually the safest. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects to taking a calcium supplement?

Are there any side effects to taking a calcium supplement?

Depends: No serious side effects if taken as directed. If too much, can cause high calcium level in the blood and subsequently urine, kidney stone, low magnesium in blood, constipation, nausea... The last two symptoms can occur even at normal replacement dose. ...Read more

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What are the common side effects of taking a high-dose calcium supplement?

What are the common side effects of taking a high-dose calcium supplement?

None are common.: Side effects with the proper dose of calcium supplements are not common. Occasionally constipation is a problem. ...Read more

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If I am taking IP6 with calcium magnesium phytate, should I continue my regular calcium supplement? Thank you.

If I am taking IP6 with calcium magnesium phytate, should I continue my regular calcium supplement?
Thank you.

Calcium: Safe yourself from any worry or problem
Calcium is readily available and inexpensive over the counter. You might also consider vitamin D once a day. ...Read more

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Is the supplement shark cartilage an alternative to calcium, and are there any side effects to be aware of?

Is the supplement shark cartilage an alternative to calcium, and are there any side effects to be aware of?

Shark - toxins.: There is a health risk in ingesting shark fins. It is a predator fish with of high levels of bmaa (neurotoxin), arsenic & methylmercury. Best not to eat it at all. ...Read more

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Is it true that taking zinc supplements can make an adult over age 33 grow taller? What about calcium magnesium--can that also increase height at 33?

Is it true that taking zinc supplements can make an adult over age 33 grow taller? What about calcium magnesium--can that also increase height at 33?

Taller: It is extremely unlikely that you will grow taller at age 33. If you saw a pediatrician as a youngster you should contact them and ask for a copy of your growth chart. What makes you ask the above question? ...Read more

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Can taking supplements like zinc, calcium, magnesium or vitamin d cause height to increase in an adult over age 35?

Can taking supplements like zinc, calcium, magnesium or vitamin d cause height to increase in an adult over age 35?

Supplementing with: Vitamins and minerals will not increase your height. Please use the things you mention w/professional guidance so you don't overdo or imbalance calcium/magnesium. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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If i just got over kidney stones, can I still take calcium / magnesium citrate as a supplement?

If i just got over kidney stones, can I still take calcium / magnesium citrate as a supplement?

Stones: Reasonable calcium supplementation is not likely to increase calcium oxylate stone formation. Citrate may actually help prevent this type of stone from forming. There are, of course, other types of stones but they are much less common. ...Read more

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Is it smart to take a calcium, magnesium and B12 supplement in the morning, and then take omeprazole (prilosec) in the afternoon after dinner?

Is it smart to take a calcium, magnesium and B12 supplement in the morning, and then take omeprazole (prilosec) in the afternoon after dinner?

May be: It dosent make much difference since the Omeprazole blocks the proton pumps for about 24 hrs. You v=can still take the supplements as you mentioned. Not much difference in absorption will be noted. ...Read more

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Does Zoloft (sertraline) interact with supplements like omega369, b vits, calcium/magnesium, oregano (juice) & airborn? Also, does it interact with tylenol& gas x?

Does Zoloft (sertraline) interact with supplements like omega369, b vits, calcium/magnesium, oregano (juice) & airborn? Also, does it interact with tylenol& gas x?

No known interaction: B vitamins calcium, magnesium, tylenol, (acetaminophen) or gas-x. There is no information on omega-3 69, oregano juice, or airborne. Those you would have to take at your own risk. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Why is it preferable to take Calcium and Magnesium supplements WITH vitamin D3 when you have D deficiency? What the 2 do for vitamin d?

Why is it preferable to take Calcium and Magnesium supplements WITH vitamin D3 when you have D deficiency? What the 2 do for vitamin d?

Vitamin D helps: Calcium go to bones rather than veins, which is what is needed for bone health. If D is low you don't need additional calcium. Check w/doc. Many people take 5K IUs of D3 daily. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is calcium & magnesium supplement as "brown rice aminoate complex" safe in pregnancy? I've taken this in pregnancy and I'm worried if it is not safe!

Is calcium & magnesium supplement as "brown rice aminoate complex" safe in pregnancy? I've taken this in pregnancy and I'm worried if it is not safe!

Perfectly safe: This just means the calcium and magnesium are bound to Amino Acids in brown rice to improve absorption. This is perfectly safe- as safe as eating brown rice! ...Read more

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When I take a magnesium supplement my legs stop hurting and my bp lowers. Is this a side effect or desirable effect?

When I take a magnesium supplement my legs stop hurting and my bp lowers. Is this a side effect or desirable effect?

Desirable effect: I'm not sure why you would think that your legs not hurting would be a side effect and not desirable. Lowering BP is also generally beneficial as long as it does not get too low.
Magnesium deficiency is very common and many people benefit from supplementation.
See http://drcarolyndean.com/magnesium_miracle/
to learn more about magnesium's role in health. ...Read more

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Can magnesium and calcium supplements make you extremely drowsy?

Can magnesium and calcium supplements make you extremely drowsy?

No: Mineral supplements do not cause drowsiness. They may have other problems, such as GI events from irritation to lose stools. ...Read more

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How is calcium citrate diferent from standard calcium supplement? That's having magnesium &zinc added. Which type of calcium i shd take, I can't ve dairy

How is calcium citrate diferent from standard calcium supplement? That's having magnesium &zinc added. Which type of calcium i shd take, I can't ve dairy

Citrate preferred: Calcium citrate can be easily absorbed and dissolved when compared to calcium bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). Magnesium is often added because it may provide further benefit and because it tends to counter the constipating effect of calcium. ...Read more

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Is one type of calcium supplement better than the other? Why it taking vitamin D with calcium recommended? What about magnesium?

Is one type of calcium supplement better than the other?  Why it taking vitamin D with calcium recommended?  What about magnesium?

Calcium: Milk is the best idea — 2% or lower — doesn't matter.
There is some vitamin D available over the counter at low cost. Take 100 or 2000 units a day.

Don't worry about magnesium unless a doctor has said your value is low. ...Read more