MAGNESIUM, which kind?. .for Heart, muscles, Pain, sleep, inflammation, cramps, brain encephalitis, pre-eclampsia, convulsions
HAVE a link below taking you to a site I found online which is pretty classy and covered much of what I was looking for, and I was pleased with their fact arrangement and some of the descriptions that you and I aren’t subject to learning about on any ordinary basis, including from any of our allopathic doctors. Though primarily what interests me at this time is the subject of MAGNESIUM MALATE
So with all my interest and prior needs going back several decades, I have never understood the distinctions I have recently come to know. . . thanks to the wonders of the internet! For those of you who have been coming here for a few or seven years know of the injury and inadequate advice I have been subject to in a number of areas. Lack of knowledge in the medical community regarding Magnesium. . .how, what, why and when to do. I was house-bound for almost five years because of trying to comply with demands to take more and more magnesium — needing me to be around 1200 mg daily. It’s a wonder I survived at all, I was so chained to the toilet with endless diarrhea. But I wasn’t utilizing the mineral. No one should have to take that much or even half that much, if one is indeed able to absorb this element. But as a heart patient, It was essential. . so I did my best til I realized I was destroying my body if not starving it– one can’t receive nutrition and process it correctly from a damaged gut. In order to save myself, I quit much of what I was doing and sought answers online, found Oil of Magnesium for transdermal application; after getting a few books and other research, felt it was worth a try. It was the answer for my gut in it’s pathetic state. Fermented veggies were able to help in restoring my gut and health in general.. . .and to this day, I remain — the Eternal Student.
This site of course is in business selling their product; and I’m glad they are for they do a good job in ‘splainin’ stuff. They are using one of the forms which I am seeing is superior for its ability to BE ABSORBED — that is so important! Their product is sounding great, not cheap, but great. I don’t sell stuff, nor affiliate with any who offer such to me. But I also don’t want the taint of anyone thinking that maybe I really do. . .so it serves me best not to put up product discussion including how to get their line. Hence, the link for those who need or want it to see for themselves. I heartily approve. This site seems geared toward helping those who suffer from muscle pain and cramps etc in the legs and other body parts. . . .even migraines, etc. Have more to say, but check this out:
Magnesium is Fast, Easy, Safe and POWERFUL Because it Attacks Muscle Cramps from ALL Angles. How Does it Work?
This crucial mineral…
Loosens muscles by counteracting the effect of calcium, which tightens muscles. As people age, excess calcium accumulates in the muscles, causing cramps. Also, when people eat a lot of dairy and/or take calcium supplements, (especially with Vitamin D) it is easy to get calcium overload. Vitamin D is important to take, but we recommend easing back on the extra calcium for a 2 week trial basis, to see if that helps.
- Increases the absorption of potassium, which is critical for proper muscle function.
- Decreases pain by blocking pain receptors in the brain and nervous system.
- Dampens inflammation in the muscles and the entire body.
- Relaxes blood vessels and decreases blood pressure, which restores healthy circulation.
- Increases the production of serotonin, GABA and melatonin, which helps you relax and fall asleep. (Scientific References)
There’s Lots of Magnesium Products — What’s the Difference Between Them?
There are a variety of forms and each has pros and cons:
- Magnesium oxide and hydroxide: Supplement companies love this stuff because it is cheap as dirt. Unfortunately dirt is more effective. It is very poorly absorbed (only 8%), and is highly laxative. But nonetheless, it is what you find in most common multi-vitamins. It also happens to be the active ingredient in Milk of Magnesia.
- Magnesium citrate: It is well absorbed, but is also highly laxative. It is the main ingredient in those glass bottles of laxative at the drug store. If you have ever had a colonoscopy, this is what they gave you to “clean you out”. It is the main ingredient in those canisters of fizzy magnesium powder found in vitamin stores.
- Magnesium sulfate: Also known as Epsom Salt. It is also very laxative — that’s partly what they sell it for. But it is great for soaking! (more on this later)
- Magnesium glycinate: This is magnesium bound to the amino acid glycine. This form is not ideal, because… well, this gets a bit technical: Glycine acts as a “co-agonist of the NMDA receptor” where magnesium is an antagonist. What does that mean? Basically, magnesium tells your neurons to slow down, and glycine tells them to speed up. So to a certain extent, magnesium and glycine cancel each other out. Mixing these two ingredients does not make sense, especially if relaxation is a goal of yours.
- Magnesium chelate or glutamate: Both are the same thing. Glutamate, like glycine, is also “NMDA agonist”, with all the same problems. Plus, these products are super-cheap, in part because they frequently have substantial amounts of “unbound magnesium”, i.e. the problematic magnesium oxide, as a byproduct of its manufacturing process.
- Magnesium chloride: Also known as road de-icer. In supplement form, is very well absorbed, non-laxative, and free of all other side effects — but it turns to liquid when exposed to air, making it prohibitive to deliver via capsule or tablet. It is extremely bitter, so makes a lousy drink, too.
- Magnesium taurinate: This is magnesium bound to the amino acid Taurine. It has the side effect of causing extreme drowsiness, which makes it difficult to take during the day. It is also very expensive.
- MONOMAGNESIUM MALATE as found in MgBRIGHT: High absorbing, non laxative, no weird side effects. It’s an organic form found in living beings, not some crushed up rock.
While researching online a few days ago trying to see if I could find a better price on the Magnesium L-Threonate I have been using, I came across, apparently a doctor in full discussion in some ongoing dialogue with another who also, apparently is a doctor as well. It seems they disagreed. In this forum, they were discussing clinical experience with patients etc., and the usage of magnesium. I came away with a new understanding as to why I had been so badly served in prior years. This stuff isn’t taught in med school, consequently — little is ‘out there’ with the doctors so it can filter down to us. So unless, we are willing to help ourselves — we shall suffer. Think I can find that link and give it to you so you can trudge thru it yourself, if you have a mind to. . .there you go:
One of the benefits of the good information I gleaned from this rather lengthy effort, is that I did NOT replace my Magnesium Threonate, reputable, lauded and praised as it is, because it is also rather costly as only one of so many supplements I deem useful and good for me, and the budget can only stretch so far. I crave and need food too and I can put 2 and 2 together! Got Source Naturals, 360 ct of Magnesium Malate 1250 mg $21.95 from Pure Formulas, with free shipping. Gotta say, “it works for me. .”
Here on this panel is the first time I’d heard about the differences of the different forms of magnesium, and it seems to be coming from ScienceGuy. . . or Lifetime Member (from UK). The discussion planted many seeds in my mind, gave me much to think about, and admittedly, revved me up. Guess I needed that. Been at this for days as my supply is running out so had to come to terms now, quickly or risk set back with my various challenges. A major point which Lifetime Member drove home was that magnesium sulfate aka Epsom Salts. . .(cheap enuff), was every bit as effective as costly Threonate, which he wasn’t convinced at all about the efficacy of. Whereas , he has documented proof and experience with patients and trials showing that people of any age and health status were all equally well-served by taking a 12 minute dunk in a hot bath into which 1 or 2 cups of Magnesium Sulfate had been dissolved.
It is easy, restful and is hugely used by many in different circumstances: In the trials, all kinds of measurements were used; before and after blood and urine samples and some kind of thing regarding the absorption of magnesium into the brain which is highly wanted and needed. Apparently these results were very good with not only absorption, but retention, lasting into next day. How easy is that? No pills, just a soothing bath. And the cost in the pennies range. So, I’m gonna buy some Epsom Salts for emergencies. . .no need to worry. If anyone goes into pre-eclampsia around me or starts up with convulsions – somehow I’ll get them into the tub and soak ’em for 12 minutes.
So whether you’re looking for a budget break, having troubles with night-time leg cramps, migraine headaches or suffering diarrhea because you can’t get enough magnesium into your body, or have miserable body pain from CFS or mind numbing pain of arthritis the ole 12″ soak’ll do ya some good (and maybe even fix your problems), worth giving it a go, eh? Please understand in case I didn’t make it clear. . .the 12 minute soak is giving your body the magnesium transdermally — has nothing whatever to do with the gut, so not a chance of diarrhea. The only other form which is also safe or low – laxative is the Threonate.
All in all, a very productive learning experience. Learned that magnesium sulfate 12″ bath soak is an easy and efficient way to raise the blood levels of magnesium. A good thing. Be well, Jan