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Thursday, December 23, 2010 Jill S, Community Member, asks

Q: I've heard that you need to take Magnesium w/ calcium to prevent it from absorbing incorrectly. What if you use Tums? Tums contain a lot of calcium. Should magnesium be taken w/ it? Thanks! Jill

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Pam Flores, Health Guide
12/23/10 6:35pm

Hi Jill, welcome... Yes magnesium is an essential nutrient we should all be getting through our diet.  The ratio of calcium to magnesium is 2:1.  If you were getting 1,000 milligrams of calcium then your magnesium should be about half of that.

 

When we calculate our vitamins we should start by adding up what we get from our diet and then add what ever you need orally through supplement to total the Recommended Daily Alowance (RDA) for each nutrient.  Here's an article on the recent Institute of Medicine's report on Calcium  and D.  This report has been hotly debated, because many feel that we should get more D than it recommends.

 

Talk to you Dr to see what he/she recommends for you.  If your diet is rich in calcium and magnesium you "may" not have to supplement with oral tabs, but you'd need to know your totals first.  Here's a list from the National Institute of Health on magnesium.

 

I hope this helps, and if you have another question don't hesitate to ask.

 

Good luck...

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Jill S, Community Member
12/23/10 10:35pm

Thank you for your advice.  I am curious what would be recommended for people who take Tums for heartburn (not Calcium supplementation).  If you take Tums a few times a week due to heartburn, should a Mag supplement be taken with it each time?  Thanks again!  Jill

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Pam Flores, Health Guide
12/24/10 12:38pm

Hi Jill, yes I understand you are taking tums... Magnesium is recommended for all regardless of the type of calcium you take; tums, food rich in calcium, calcium supplements etc.  If you are getting enough magnesium through your diet the calcium in the tums should absorb properly.  If you aren't getting enough vitamins/magnesium through your diet you should consider taking supplements.  The magnesium does not need to be taken at the exact same time as the tums, several hours apart is ok.

 

I would calculate how much magnesium you are getting through your food and if it equals one half of the calcium in tums you're fine, no need to add anything, if not think about adding some magnesium.

 

Good luck...

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Pam Flores, Health Guide
12/25/10 11:37am

Correction, the above should say:  I would calculate how much mag you're getting through your food/supplements and if it equals one half of the tums plus your calcium from foods you're fine.

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donna, Community Member
10/ 3/11 5:44pm

should I take iodine and magnesium supplements at the same time and if so how much of each?

 

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By Jill S, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/03/11, First Published: 12/23/10