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Magnesium

by Suz on February 19, 2012 · 9 comments

in Health

I spend a lot of time reading about various supplements, trying to work out what I should or shouldn’t take.  I really don’t like the idea of taking supplements – it’s not exactly a Paleo activity we’ve evolved to do!  However, I know it is a lot harder not to get all of the micro nutrients we need today than ever before.  Mineral content in soils is severely depleted due to modern farming methods, meaning the produce that grows in that land and animals grazing on the land are also far lighter on mineral content. I’ve been especially interested in Magnesium.

 
 

 I’m fairly sold on taking Vitamin D3 and fish oil, but after reading “The Magnesium Miracle” and researching the mineral,  I recently decided to buy some Magnesium Citrate.

 

I had a lot of blood work done recently and whilst I don’t appear to have a Magnesium deficiency my magnesium mmol/L levels look to be lower than desirable.  Magnesium is an essential mineral involved in so many of the biochemical processes in the body, it is claimed to help with sleep, stress and help regulate blood sugar levels.  It’s role in insulin sensitivity is especially interesting to me, with my current weight loss objective.

 

There are so many different types of magnesium supplements – I found magnesium oxide, magnesium hydroxide, magnesium carbonate, magnesium citrate, magnesium lactate, magnesium chloride, and magnesium sulfate!  I decided to try Magnesium Citrate as apparently it has a better bio avalibility, which means it should be better absorbed.   I believe this is the same form as found in the ‘Natural Calm” brand.

 

A lot of people get magnesium through skin absorption, either by bathing in Epsom Salts or apply magnesium oil – I might try this route in the future, but for now, I’ll see how I fair with the supplement.  There are food sources of magnesium, such as green vegetables, bone broths, almonds and fish – but to achieve reasonable levels I’d have to eat such high amounts from the food source, that I don’t think it would be realistic at the moment.

Do you supplement with Magnesium?  Interested to hear what benefits – or even downsides you’ve experienced with Magnesium supplementation!

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Hannah February 19, 2012 at 5:59 pm

I am currently pregnant (and a type 2 diabetic), and have been taking magnesium and vitamin d supplements from the beginning of my pregnancy. My levels have been great throughout! Infact, I’ll continue taking them after I have my baby :-)

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Suz February 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm

It definitely sounds like a wise combination of supplements to take Hannah, even more so during pregnancy I’d imagine.

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Gaby February 20, 2012 at 8:37 am

You forgot to mention magnesium chelate :)
I started taking magnesium citrate before sleeping to see how it affected my sleep, it ended up helping with muscle recovery so I keep taking it. I’m testing brands aiming for the most cost-effective choice.

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Suz February 20, 2012 at 11:09 am

Hadn’t realised it was good for muscle recovery too, that’s another great bonus!

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clint February 21, 2012 at 11:25 am

I take bioceuticals ultra muscleeze. Great for muscle tension and cramps. I also had a magnesium injection the other day to get instant relief from a very stiff neck

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Suz February 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm

That’s incredible Clint, I had no idea it could be that effective! Does the soreness come back after a few hours?

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Liz November 2, 2012 at 3:25 am

Clint
I have been suffering with muscles for a while now. The muscles tighten so bad in my back that it effects my nerves … my nerves just buzz. It feels like an arm going to sleep. But its the muscles when they tighten are pressing on the nerves. What magnesium would help this if any? Where do you get the muscleeze and would this help you think?

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Ruth March 1, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I take ultra muscleze too for cramps in my calves. It works a treat. According to Phinney & Volek, muscle cramps can be symptom of a highly refined diet which leads to mineral depletion. While paleo clearly isn’t highly refined, any previous deficiencies may need to be treated with supplements. I hope that once the deficiency is fixed, I can stick with bone broths and leafy greens as my main sources.

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Suz March 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm

I’m so impressed by how well it seems to work Ruth! I wonder how long it will take you to fix your deficiency?

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