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Magnesium Types

Sep 01, 2016 12:34 PM

Hi all,
I am re-posting this topic with some edits after MarkS78 asked about magnesium. I have made some edits.

I can't post all of the magnesiums on here so I am going to post the best and the ones never to take. I have done a lot of research into this over time. A general rule of thumb is that chelated magnesiums are best. However, 2 are poisonous in high quantities but still sold!

Best Magnesiums:
Magnesium Threonate - Considered to be the best form of magnesium. Helps with brain health and is believed to cross the Blood Brain Barrier (so it goes to the brain too!)
Magnesium Glycinate - Relaxation, Pain, and fatigue (symptoms and conditions) and brain health
Magnesium Malate - Muscle pain, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue
Magnesium Taurate or Magnesium Orotate - Heart health and repair (repairs the heart somewhat over 6-12 months)
Magnesium Carbonate - Acid Reflux
Magnesium Chloride - Raise magnesium levels in those that have a low level of stomach acid (as seen in the elderly and in certain conditions)
Magnesium Hydroxide (Commonly known as Milk of Magnesia) - Antacid/ for Acid Reflux (do not use as a laxative)

Stay Away from:
Magnesium Oxide - Although it has a high magnesium content only 4% is absorbed so if you took 100mg you would actually be getting 4mg
Magnesium Sulfate - With the exception of Epsom salts it is useless
Magnesium Citrate - Laxative (I would avoid it in favour of Macrogols which is Movicol/Laxido or Docusate Sodium)
Magnesium Pidolate - Apart from raising magnesium levels, no health benefits
Magnesium Lactate - only raises magnesium levels
Magnesium Phosphate - antacid/laxative (do not use as laxative), not as good as Magnesium Hydroxide but if you cannot tolerate Magnesium Hydroxide then it is a suitable alternative as an antacid.

TOXIC/POISONOUS:

Magnesium Aspartate - NEUROTOXIC, if taken in large quantities this can lead to pain conditions and many brain conditions as it contains a neurotransmitter which in high enough quantities is deadly
Magnesium Ascorbate - NEUROTOXIC, same reason.

Any I haven't mentioned or any info you'd like feel free to ask

You shouldn't take more than 400mg of magnesium in supplements - it will tell you on the back of the label how much of it is the chelate e.g. Malic acid (in Magnesium Malate) and how much is magnesium). Do not exceed 400mg of magnesium without medical supervision.

WARNING: If you have Kidney Disease, myasthenia gravis, Atrial Fibrillation, a slow heart rate or a HIGH Magnesium Level- supplementation COULD make your condition worse. Be safe and talk to your doctor if you have any of the above conditions. I would always check with my doctor or a trusted pharmacist first.

I would recommend also taking a multivitamin, vitamin D and calcium at least. Vitamin D dose should be around 1000 IU (total, check how much is in other supplements you take) but can be higher or lower and you can figure out the best dose for you with blood tests from your doctor. It is better to take these supplements with a meal to increase their absorption. you could also supplement other vitamins, minerals etc. (e.g. omegas) but this will depend on what multivitamin you are taking.

For Vitamin D, the best vitamin D to take is Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol). Do not exceed 10,000IU of vitamin D (in any form) without medical supervision.
I need to research calcium and good multivitamins, two good multivitamins i am aware of are Forceval and WellMan/WellWoman Max. WellMan/WellWoman Max contain all the Vitamin D etc. you need and you have the added benefit of calcium and omegas

You can send me questions by PM or replying back :)

Sep 01, 2016 1:15 PM

Thank you, that is amazing to know!

Sep 01, 2016 6:26 PM

Thanks very much excellent information. I noticed improvement on my sleep quality and BM when taking magnesium. The last one I bought was magnesium oxide. I noticed the difference

Sep 01, 2016 6:33 PM

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Sep 01, 2016 7:03 PM

Wow I just checked my Magnesium Super from GNC and it says 400mg Magnesium Aspartate, based on what you said should be a no right?, also what do you think about omega, 3,6,9 to take combine??? Thank you great post!

Sep 06, 2016 5:11 AM

Hi Hopeful, Magnesium Aspartate is only Neurotoxic in high quantities but I'd still avoid it. HAve a look at the list and you can message me or comment here and I can help you to think about what one may be best.

If you are going to take omegas I really recommend taking a 3-6-9 formulation. Sometimes you can get packs (like Wellman/Wellwoman Max) where they have a multivitamin, calcium and vitamin d tablet and an omega capsule so you could look for something like that. Again you or anyone else can commenter here or message me and I can help you to choose the best supplements for you

Sep 06, 2016 9:44 AM

ThanQ so much for this post TIPI 🤗
I've learnt so much from u 😚 thanQ 🌷

Sep 06, 2016 1:21 PM

Although your enthusiasm and knowledge is great,and I know you mean really well,be careful in 'suggesting' doses of supplements, please be reminded that whenever taking supplements or other homeopathic remedies,you should always check with your GP or a pharmacist about adding them to your medication. 😊

Sep 06, 2016 2:15 PM

Just a note to go with Jahmac. Be careful taking supplements. For instance those of us with lupus should not be taking Omegas. It strengthens the immune system. We are trying to suppress ours as it attacks us rather protects us. Also you don't need Omega 3,6,9 if you are taking them. You only need Omega 3. Anything grapefruit is not good for anyone with seizure activity. No sulfa meds or alfalfa sprouts for anyone with lupus. Even garlic is not good for Lupies. It also builds the immune system which we don't want. St. John's Wart is bad for anyone with seizures.
Thanks for your research Tired. We just have to be careful that's all. What's good for one person could be really bad to another.

Sep 07, 2016 1:30 AM

I understand your concern at the suggested dose and maybe that part of the article came off wrong? But it is actually considered to be the maximum effective and safe dose. I did emphasise, I believe twice that you should always see your doctor before starting a supplement as, some conditions make certain supplements unsafe.

Gibber, on the subject of people who are taking omegas, there is evidence that taking 3, 6 and 9 is more effective than 3 alone. You should also have a certain ratio of different omegas in your body so taking lots of one and none off another can out balance that.

Just another reminder to make sure that it's covered. Please see a doctor before starting any supplement regardless what it is or whether it seems safe, you should always be safe and check.

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