I recently started seeing a naturopathic doctor and she gave me magnesium in the form of a powder to take before bed. She instructed me to take 1 scoop mixed with a glass of water. I only did this once (on Monday night) and I have felt very sick to my stomach since. I emailed my doctor and she told me to cut back to 1/4 scoop.
That is fine except I was doing some online research and several different sources recommend that females my age (18) should consume no more than 360 mg of magnesium per day. Even with using a 1/4 scoop like my doctor said, in addition to a calcium magnesium supplement and multi-vitamin she told me to take, I will still be consuming 1375 mg of magnesium per day.
That just seems like a lot more than the recommended dosage. Anyone know anything about this. Is it worth emailing my doctor and asking?
Yes, I would contact the doctor. A full dosage would've been 5,500 mg and the amount of 360 mg is about the amount that I've always read is correct. You took over 15 times the recommended dosage. I'm curious about the doctor's reasoning.
Large dose aside, its not unusual to have stomach problems when taking magnesium. A lot of folks get stomach cramps, nausea, etc. from it. One way to get around that is to try magnesium oil. You rub it directly on your skin and it bypasses the digestive system altogether. You could also try epsom salt baths a couple of times a week.
I take 600 mg. - to bowel tolerance. That seems like a very excessive amount of magnesium! The problem is that when you take one supplement in excess it can unbalance other other vitamins and minerals. I, too, ask ... why did she recommend this high dose to begin with??