I’m going to sing the praises of Magnesium today! The 2 big changes I have made recently are diet, and supplementing with Magnesium. I have noticed a BIG difference in my muscle pain the past few weeks and I’m attributing that to the Magnesium. I had mild restless leg (would bother me about once or twice a week) and that is GONE. Over the weekend I took a day trip to Sedona AZ and a year ago (even a few months ago) spending a day driving and walking would have sent me straight into a flare before the day was over, but today I’m sitting here a just a little tired, and not in much pain at all.
My Dr. suggested I start taking Magnesium a few months ago, and I had heard about it before that from my online support group, so I already wanted to try it. Make sure you talk with your Dr. before starting anything new. I can’t begin to know what your specific needs are, I just love to share with you the things that are working for me. I’m very careful about what I try and I pray over everything, I advise everyone to do the same! There is no one better than Jehovah Rapha - the LORD our healer, to lead us down the right paths.
“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:6
In a previous post, DIY – Magnesium Oil Spray, I spoke about symptoms of Magnesium deficiency, a very common problem especially for those with fibromyalgia. Today I’d like to address the types of Magnesium that are most beneficial to take.
Start out with Magnesium Malate (malic acid) in the mornings for energy. I take 200mg with breakfast and 200mg at lunch. Then at dinner I take 200mg of Magnesium Glycinate, and sometimes if I’m hurting more, or having a hard time relaxing I’ll take 200mg more before bed. These types of Magnesium are chelate form and more easily absorbed by the body. If you have heard people say they have tried Magnesium and it didn’t help them, most likely they were taking the wrong form, or not taking enough. It is really important to build up slowly. I started with 400mg (the recommended daily dose) One pill (200mg) with breakfast and one with dinner. Then after about 2 weeks I added the lunch time dose of 200mg. That was when I started to feel a difference in my body. With 800mg I feel even better, but I have to watch that because Magnesium in any form can have laxative effects.
Where can you get these forms of Magnesium? The internet is a great resource, but if you can't wait, check out a health food store in your area. I found both of these forms at my local Sprouts store.
To learn more about Magnesium check out these links:
Have YOU tried Magnesium supplements? What were your results?