Supplements

Magnesium: The Magical Mineral

David Mendosa Health Guide May 18, 2012
  • We have know for years that many people with diabetes have too little magnesium in their bodies. So why don’t all of us take supplements of this magical mineral?Everyone seem to recommend magnesium, mostly to reduce the insulin resistance and hence help counteract diabetes. But how much magne...

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  • JT
    JT
    Jun. 01, 2012

    First, thank you, Mr. Mendosa, for your very informative and interesting newsletters.  I really like the photos and links for each segment you have each time.

    About Magnesium...I was very confused about the seeming different types and kinds of magnesium.  Recently, when reading the descriptions about the various kinds of magnesium on the Swanson Health...

    RHMLucky777

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    First, thank you, Mr. Mendosa, for your very informative and interesting newsletters.  I really like the photos and links for each segment you have each time.

    About Magnesium...I was very confused about the seeming different types and kinds of magnesium.  Recently, when reading the descriptions about the various kinds of magnesium on the Swanson Health Products site, I finally came to understand that there is only one magnesium.  The various kinds/types listed in vitamin catalogs comes about because of the combination of magnesium with a particular agent, i.e. Magnesium Malate - magnesium combined with maalic acid, making the magnesium more readily available to cells.  I was surprised to learn (also from reading label information on that site) that magnesium is essential in over 300 enzymatic reactions in metabolism, including the Krebs cycle (main enercy production processes), energy storage, breakdown of fatty aacids, protein synthesis, DNA metabolism and more, much more.

    I think Swanson's has more than 20 different 'kinds' of magnesium.  I recently chose the Magnesium Malate because of the energy reference.  I decided against the time-release kind because I'm on a diuretic due to low heart function and I fear the magnesium would be eliminated too rapidly.  I'm hoping for a rapid absorbtion to get it into my cells.

    About cramping.  I discovered Dr. Barbara Hendel's Magnesium Oil (Magnesium Chloride Brine, in a spray bottle) at Swanson's, I spray it on my lower legs and feet which is where I have cramping.  I keep a bottle next to my bed for quick application.  It stops a cramp in seconds.

    I hope this helps and thank you again for your work in this field.

    Janet Townsend

  • sbukosky
    Jun. 01, 2012

    My son, type 1 for 35 years, had shoulder pain and found magnesium helped it. I also had severe shoulder pain when I reached behind me. A few days of magnesium had eliminated what had hurt me for years! It may have helped some other pain too but as I take a number of suppliments, it is difficult to say.

     

    Good to hear about when to take it and D3. I've...

    RHMLucky777

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    My son, type 1 for 35 years, had shoulder pain and found magnesium helped it. I also had severe shoulder pain when I reached behind me. A few days of magnesium had eliminated what had hurt me for years! It may have helped some other pain too but as I take a number of suppliments, it is difficult to say.

     

    Good to hear about when to take it and D3. I've also been told to not take my iron tablet within two hours of my (yuck) statin.

     

    Steve B.

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Jun. 01, 2012

      Dear Steve,

       

      I wonder why you are taking iron tablets and a statin. Few men need to take iron, and statins have a huge long list of negative side effects. Can't your doctor figure out alternatives?

       

      David

    • sbukosky
      Jun. 03, 2012

      I used to be a regular blood donor but many times I couldn't because my iron was low. My doctor said it is of no concern, but as I age I don't have the energy that I need to get through the day. Maybe I need testosterone instead of iron. I've been on statins since the big hype when some doctor said "it should be in the drinking water"  I'm aware of side...

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      I used to be a regular blood donor but many times I couldn't because my iron was low. My doctor said it is of no concern, but as I age I don't have the energy that I need to get through the day. Maybe I need testosterone instead of iron. I've been on statins since the big hype when some doctor said "it should be in the drinking water"  I'm aware of side effects and the way I ache sometimes I often wonder, but I'm trying to do what I can to stay healthy so I can support my wife rather than die early. I never did have a cholesterol problem and usually have tested less than 160 for the last several years. My doctor says it reduces inflamation of the heart.

    • Helen Mueller
      Jun. 03, 2012

      I have been seriously taking magnesium since I lost the use of my parathyroid glands; I also take calcium, same problem and, after various tests, my endo years ago told me I "leak" potassium, which I already was taking, and still take high doses.  Lately I have gotten a little sloppy with my supplements, sigh, fibromyalgia.  I have a sudden, almost...

      RHMLucky777

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      I have been seriously taking magnesium since I lost the use of my parathyroid glands; I also take calcium, same problem and, after various tests, my endo years ago told me I "leak" potassium, which I already was taking, and still take high doses.  Lately I have gotten a little sloppy with my supplements, sigh, fibromyalgia.  I have a sudden, almost a week, pain in my shoulders and neck; they are also very stiff.  Beyond fibro.  I think this article has inspired me to once again be serious about my mag, maybe the shoulder pain will respond.

       

      As to the comment about renal disease:  I only have one kidney, lost the other to cancer.  However, I have had tetany twice (ER) from low calcium and low mag.  I think the risk/benefit ration for me is to continue with my mag.

       

      Speaking of which, I discontinued my statin use on my own going onto two years.  I have a new PCP and made it clear that cholesterol is not an issue, no matter the numbers.  But, heck, I am 74, have read many places it does no good for an older woman in terms of increase mortality and perhaps even heart disease.  Bad risk/benefit ratio.  The leg weakness is still with me.

       

      Thanks a lot for all the information you bring to us!!!

       

      Helen

  • verdungal
    May. 28, 2012

    Great article, David. A friend just pointed out that we should not take Vitamin D3 and Magnesium at the same time as  they compete for absorption . She takes her Vitamin D3 in the morning and Magnesium at night.

     

    Cheers

    Joan

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      May. 31, 2012

      Dear Joan,

       

      A lot of hormones, like vitamin D, are in competition in our bodies. I hadn't heard that about vitamin D and magnesium, but it sounds like a good idea when people don't use extended release magnesium, as I do.

       

      David