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Is it the UN-absrobed magnesium which is the laxative effect? (Less absorb-able=more laxative effect)?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 16, 2013 at 6:11 PM

IF it's the un-absorbed magnesium which runs-right-through-ya, would the most absorb-able form of magnesium be least likely to cause GI upset?

If so, WHAT TYPE OF MAGNESIUM causes the least GI upset?

To further complicate things: I can't take tablets so I'm looking for a liquid, gel tabs, or capsule form).

Thanks, Mike

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on May 17, 2013
at 09:51 AM

To be clear, "drawing water into the colon" is a function of soluble fiber as well as magnesium. This might helps someone that is constipated not be. But, more importantly, magnesium helps muscles to contract and relax, helping to move stool along, as well as help to have easier BMs. If you have a rockstar diet, but just "can't go", I think the latter effect would offer more help -- getting enough soluble fiber in the diet is pretty darn easy, especially on a paleo-centric diet.

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on May 16, 2013
at 08:23 PM

Yeah, the company I listed above seems to be pretty vigilant about purity. Of course "seems to be" and "are" can be 2 different things, but at least it's on their radar.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on May 16, 2013
at 06:48 PM

Thanks @RK. I have used topical magnesium oil before, but have an irrational fear that it might be contaminated with other bad metals. I'm not sure why I am more concerned about topical mag than capsules I swallow? I do recall years ago that CALM had lead contamination issues (I think I read it in Consumer labs)

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on May 16, 2013
at 06:39 PM

That may be happening as well, but that is not the main function of magnesium re: bowel movements.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on May 16, 2013
at 06:23 PM

I thought magnesium draws water into the colon, make stools softer. When you take magnesium, the consistency of the stool changes, it doesn't just pass hard stool easier. Or, perhaps it's doing both things?

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on May 16, 2013
at 06:19 PM

Magnesium does not function like fiber -- unless your main source of it is from eating rocks. ;-) Absorbed magnesium relaxes muscles, which is why it's useful for those that find passing stools difficult. By "relax" I mean that it helps muscles that are "stuck" (constantly constricting) to contract and release more easily -- when this comes to bowel muscles, the contraction and release itself has a laxative effect, as it "moves things along." But again, it's not like what fiber does -- completely different function.

For the second part of your question, I'm not sure - I stick to tablets -- I've never had a problem with magnesium citrate tablets.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on May 16, 2013
at 06:39 PM

That may be happening as well, but that is not the main function of magnesium re: bowel movements.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on May 16, 2013
at 06:23 PM

I thought magnesium draws water into the colon, make stools softer. When you take magnesium, the consistency of the stool changes, it doesn't just pass hard stool easier. Or, perhaps it's doing both things?

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on May 17, 2013
at 09:51 AM

To be clear, "drawing water into the colon" is a function of soluble fiber as well as magnesium. This might helps someone that is constipated not be. But, more importantly, magnesium helps muscles to contract and relax, helping to move stool along, as well as help to have easier BMs. If you have a rockstar diet, but just "can't go", I think the latter effect would offer more help -- getting enough soluble fiber in the diet is pretty darn easy, especially on a paleo-centric diet.

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on July 16, 2013
at 04:06 PM

AFAIK, the undigested portion pulls water into your intestines and you get the runs, that's the mechanism, so no, it doesn't work like fiber, and yes, if you get this reaction, you've either taken too much, or it's the cheap kind (Magnesium Oxide) and non-absorbable.

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32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on May 16, 2013
at 06:34 PM

Epsom salt baths, or Magnesium oil/gel rubbed on after the shower (just before drying off). Through the skin is supposed to be the most bioavailable form of magnesium. Some good info here, including why it works better on hydrated skin: http://www.ancient-minerals.com/transdermal-magnesium/how-topical/

I use Magnesium Gel ordered from here: http://www.health-and-wisdom.com/

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on May 16, 2013
at 06:48 PM

Thanks @RK. I have used topical magnesium oil before, but have an irrational fear that it might be contaminated with other bad metals. I'm not sure why I am more concerned about topical mag than capsules I swallow? I do recall years ago that CALM had lead contamination issues (I think I read it in Consumer labs)

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on May 16, 2013
at 08:23 PM

Yeah, the company I listed above seems to be pretty vigilant about purity. Of course "seems to be" and "are" can be 2 different things, but at least it's on their radar.

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67871ef2326f29da48f1522827fc0f80

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on May 16, 2013
at 06:22 PM

I've been using Natural Calm (I choose the raspberry/lemon version but you can get it totally plain).

Start smaller and work your way up, if necessary. I like using a heaping TEASPOON every night. I absolutely love it and have an irrational fear they'll stop making it because it's so much better than anything else I've tried.

I dissolve mine in hot water (1/3C), then top off the cup with cool water so I can drink it quickly, rather than sip.

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