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Re: Magensium -Why you need It??? (Long)

Re: Magensium -Why you need It??? (Long)

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Posted by Harry on October 18, 2000 at 02:56:49:

In Reply to: Re: Abdominal pain posted by Elisa on October 17, 2000 at 12:04:03:

HI
Some of what I am going to say --many of you already know but the subject of taking magnesium as a mineral keeps coming up.The subject is well documented so I keep thinking most people know it. So,I thought it may be worthwhile to tell you why I keep recommending magnesium as a mineral that we IBS'ers need.

Magnesium is a mineral and like so many others it is present in many forms but we cannot live without it and most people with IBS are to some extent defient. YOU have to make sure you are getting enough.I assure you most doctors don't know very much about health care----only sickness care!!

Magnesium is necessary in activating Enzymes in your body. There are about 6900 different enzymes in your body and about 80% of them are activated (catalyst) by magnesium and particularly those involved with energy. It helps you absorb calcium and potassium. Defieciency can cause problems with nerve impulses to muscles --resulting in nervousness and irritability, confusion, depression, insomnia, poor digestion, seizures, tantrums.
Magnesium helps regulate the heart rhythm, it helps lower cholestrol, blood pressure, reduces the risk of a stroke as well as heart disease (atherosclerosis). It helps clear arteries of plaque that clog arteries and causes hardening and blockages.It reduces muscle cramps, headaches and migraines.
One book I read said that Magnesium deficiency may be a major cause of IBS, cardiac arrest, fatal cardiac arrhythmia, high BP, pulmonary disorders, chronic fatique, chronic pain syndromes ,as well as asthma.Any of these sound familiar???
You can be tested for Magnesium defiency by a blood test or a more sensitive procedure called an intercelluar magnesium screen. You should make it part of your EXAM and Blood work. One DR. wrote that EVERY illness is made worse by a LOW Magnesium level.
The good news is Magnesium is present in alot of foods from meat, fish, seafood all sorts of fruits and veggies.The only problem is the fruits and veggies have to be grown in soil that is not depleted of magnesium.

I take a Magnesium supplement just to make sure that I get enough daily. I encourage you not to only rely on the food you eat.The daily requirement is 200 to 400mgs/day.

All magnesium supplements are not the same.Many forms are used as laxatives---Epsom salt, Milk Magnesia, Magnesium Citrate. Inorganic or relatively insoluble salts are not readily absorbable. Magnesium oxide, carbonate and chlorides are common mineral salts.The best forms to use as a supplement are chelated like Aparatate, Orotate and Citrate but in a large dose can cause diarrhea --especilly the citrate. I personally have no problems with the aparatate or orotate.For a mineral to be absorbed by your system--it has to dissolve then be ionized--- chelated minerals are already to use----no dissolving required.
And if they cause you problems---take them in small doses during the day. I take mine in 3 divided doses.My wife takes a Calcium-Mag (aspartate) all at one time---at night with no problems.
God Bless----Harry


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