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Old 03-02-2013, 06:37 AM   #1
 
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Over share time: I was suffering from chronic constipation for a LONG time. I upped my fiber, my water intake, took fiber supplements, ate prunes. Nothing helped. Yes, I have had colonoscopies and was fine.

So I was reading about a study that showed that chronic constipation was linked to a magnesium deficiency. I bought Magnesium citrate calcium citrate vitamin D supplement at the Vitamin Shoppe. The difference has been amazing!!! I am normal again!!!! Had to share because this is such an easy fix and I was suffering for so long.
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Tycho - the same thing happened to me! I now routinely take 400 mg. of magnesium daily and it has made a huge difference.

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Yup mag is amazing! Even the more absorbable forms like mag glycinate or mag malate help so you can get the constipation relief and the benefits of the mag. My favorite mineral!
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It is also an excellent sleep aid. I takean epsom salt bath + 400 mg magnesium every night before bed.
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I discovered this because a friend suggested I take mag for my chronic insomnia. She said I needed to take a lot, 1000 mg, but to work up to it slowly, so I did. I didn't really suffer from constipation and that amount of magnesium made my bathroom trips so urgent that I had to stop taking it. I've recently started again, this time magnesium malate because I've read your body absorbs it so much better. I'm taking 600 mg/day...so far so good.
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Yes Mg is a godsend!
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this is the only way i can take my iron pills (offsets constipation caused by iron supplements)

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My friend takes it for her anxiety and says it works wonders!
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Mag for anxiety? Really?
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Magnesium for anxiety makes sense. Magnesium is thought to be involved in regulating cortisol (stress hormone) levels.
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Magnesium is a wonderful thing. I was having horrible leg and foot cramps on a nightly basis and aside from every once in a blue moon when I've been hiking or exercised harder, I rarely get them now. I would go to bed every night uncomfortable and terrified to move my feet for fear of setting off a painful cramp. Not any more.

I have noticed some differences with stomach issues as well, an added bonus.
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Which form of Mg is best for anxiety?
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Wow, so I've been having digestive issues for almost a year now, and now that I'm reading up on magnesium deficiency, I feel like that might be a major contributor to my problem. I match up with a lot of the symptoms and my diet isn't great so it wouldn't surprise me if I were deficient.

My legs will hurt for a week at a time and then the pain will go away for a few weeks. I read that magnesium deficiency could lead to issues with insulin resistance, which would explain why my stomach issues improved when I went on Metformin. I'm also always tired even though I get 8-9 hours of sleep every night. I'm not usually one to latch onto the miracle vitamin cure-alls and whatnot, but this makes a lot of sense to me. Picked up some magnesium glycinate at the store today (health food section) since I read that one is highly absorbable and gentle on the tummy. Each pill is 400mg, so I can't really build up the dose, so I'm taking it with food in the hopes that it won't upset my stomach.
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I'm going to try this. I'm chronically constipated.

(unless I go into Target. Then suddenly I need to go. If it weren't for Target I'd probably never have a complete bowel movement.)

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Magnesium is a wonderful thing. I was having horrible leg and foot cramps on a nightly basis and aside from every once in a blue moon when I've been hiking or exercised harder, I rarely get them now. I would go to bed every night uncomfortable and terrified to move my feet for fear of setting off a painful cramp. Not any more.

I have noticed some differences with stomach issues as well, an added bonus.
I get those too. Where you barely stretch your leg and it causes you to wake up from a dead sleep gripping your leg and yelling out in pain.



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Hmmm, I have something called Magnesium oxide 400 mg and when I take it, let's just say it works super fast and is very inconvenient. Had to stop taking it. What's the difference between this and the one you are taking?

I do know that many calicum supplements are formulated with magnesium because calicum causes constipation and the magnesium is added to counter act the side effect. (affect? I'm tired....)

I take Miralax every day as recommended by my gastroenterologist and it works fantastic for me.
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Hmmm, I have something called Magnesium oxide 400 mg and when I take it, let's just say it works super fast and is very inconvenient. Had to stop taking it. What's the difference between this and the one you are taking?

I do know that many calicum supplements are formulated with magnesium because calicum causes constipation and the magnesium is added to counter act the side effect. (affect? I'm tired....)

I take Miralax every day as recommended by my gastroenterologist and it works fantastic for me.
I found this article helpful for its discussion of the different types: http://www.ancient-minerals.com/magnesium-supplements/
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Mag for anxiety? Really?
Yes mag is involved in over 100 biochemical processes.
It's a central nervous system relaxer. Can help adhd, seizures, insomnia, depression, the list goes on.
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