In order to maintain optimal functioning of muscle tissue, several minerals are especially important. They are calcium, potassium, iron, and magnesium. Magnesium plays an essential role in the ability of individual muscle fibers to contract. The recommended daily allowance for magnesium is 350 milligrams per day for adult men and 300 milligrams per day for adult women. An important possibility to be aware of is that magnesium toxicity can occur in people who constantly take antacids or laxatives containing magnesium.
I saw a study online where 10 people with a long history of bruxism was given a combo of B5, calcium and magnesium for 6 months and all had reported the bruxism had stopped. I can't find the web page now and I can't remember the dosage.
Can't find the page? Some help you are!! Just kidding...I did a search, and read similar things. Thank you so much!! B5 seems to be a wonder vitamin...I have already been recommended it for other problems as well. I best be running out and buying me some!!
Heh. Love the name, just got the joke...! Anyhow, I've read that same page, I think it was from Dr. Michael Goldman in Maryland....It was a pretty large dosage of B6 (Pantothenic Acid), maybe 100-200 mg or so. Many multis have about 50 mg in them, but I had to search and search to find one with more. Had best results at the natural foods store with Vegetarian vitamins.
I've tried upping my magnesium/calcium/iron/B6 dosage lately because of that page, and actually found I am clenching/grinding less. It's probably a matter of working out the best dosage for each individual. Further, I've found better results from taking some of the supps right before bedtime. I also went out and bought a very supportive pillow that basically keeps me from sleeping on my side, which aggrevates my bruxism.
Simmie, glad to hear you're getting results from the supplement combo. I take a multi and a B-100 before bed but have yet to add the magnesium because I'm not sure how much to take. I guess I'll start with 100% and take it from there.How long before you noticed improvement? Please keep me posted on this. I have to stop clenching. Thanx-
I went and checked into what exact dosage my supps are. For me, the big big difference was when I added a separate Pantothenic acid supp, it's a 500 mg. pill I take once a day. But, I also noticed a difference just from upping my calcium (calcium citrate with magnesium combo) to 200 mg. over the recommended adult dosage. So I get about 1200-1400 mg. calcium a day and about 300 mg. magnesium now, depending on the food I'm eating each day. I figure you're not absorbing all of what you eat or supplement with anyhow, so a little more is okay (although not too much.) I started with a bit more magnesium, but it's okay at this level. It took about two weeks before I really could tell that there was a definite difference, but I can tell now if I don't take supps, it's a night-and-day kind of thing for me.