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magnesium side effects

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Created May 05, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Has anyone used a time released magnesium supplement? Or how have you solved the diarrhea problem?

66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

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on May 05, 2011
at 04:46 PM

hah... before the powder came in the mail, i ramped up on about 150-200g of magnesium citrate a night from the cvs brand. maybe that prepped me for it. i did that for about a week. the 680 i take almost every night and i've never had a problem.

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on May 05, 2011
at 04:39 PM

With either Epsom or transdermal "oil" there are zero stomach issues. The magnesium doesn't enter the digestive tract at all.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on May 05, 2011
at 04:37 PM

I use transdermal magnesium "oil" every morning. It does itch and burn a bit but you only have to leave it on for about 20 minutes, then just shower and it all comes off and you're off to work/live etc. I do this in addition to natural calm.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on May 05, 2011
at 04:36 PM

Could it be that you are getting enough magnesium through food. Such that when you supplementally add more via NCalm etc you're going too high? In other words perhaps your body doesn't require anymore magnesium?

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on May 05, 2011
at 04:35 PM

So the Jigsaw Magnesium is a timed release substance? When you say 2-8 per day are you talking capsules or is this a powder? I appreciate your responses. I don't want to experiment with one form or another and waste time and money, not to mention the extreme laxative effect. I am not constipated. I just want to up my magnesium...I do get leg cramps at night.

Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

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on May 05, 2011
at 04:29 PM

fwiw, chelate is a problem for my gut regardless, but moreso on an empty stomach. Hopefully it'll work for you though:)

Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

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on May 05, 2011
at 04:25 PM

Not necessarily:p I worked on tolerating Mg Citrate for years, going slowly with it and never was able to tolerate it.

Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

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on May 05, 2011
at 04:25 PM

You are a lucky bastard:) I'd be in the bathroom all night and the next day with such a dose.

D5096ff5baffc0ba5d20b21346414a7a

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on May 05, 2011
at 04:17 PM

So if you take an epsom salt bath you get the magnesium your body needs by absorption and it does not work as a laxative?

D5096ff5baffc0ba5d20b21346414a7a

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on May 05, 2011
at 01:58 PM

thanks so much. I see iherb carries this and has positive reviews and you only have to take 2 capsules not 4 like some others...so I can start with 1 at bedtime on empty stomach

6670b38baf0aae7f4d8ac2463ddc37c0

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on May 05, 2011
at 01:26 PM

Chelate also works for me, no bathroom blues.

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Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

on May 05, 2011
at 04:28 PM

Even magnesium glycinate (a chelated form) is not tolerated well by my sensitive(ish) gut. The only forms I can tolerate are:

1)Jigsaw Health Magnesium w/ SRT (sustained release technology). I hate to spend so much on it but literally nothing else works for me. Still, I do have to take it with food but can take 2-8 per day with no issue.

2)Mg Chloride - ie magnesium oil. No gut issues with it (obviously) but it irritates the heck out of my skin with burning, prickling sensations even when I dilute it or use less.

3)Epsom Salts - absorption, at least for me, doesn't appear to be significant enough but that may be due to frequency...I'm not willing to waste the amount of water required for daily bathing. I take supershort showers most days.

So for me, Jigsaw it is!

D5096ff5baffc0ba5d20b21346414a7a

(1112)

on May 05, 2011
at 04:35 PM

So the Jigsaw Magnesium is a timed release substance? When you say 2-8 per day are you talking capsules or is this a powder? I appreciate your responses. I don't want to experiment with one form or another and waste time and money, not to mention the extreme laxative effect. I am not constipated. I just want to up my magnesium...I do get leg cramps at night.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 05, 2011
at 04:05 PM

Use magnesium oil. It's more efficient, more gets absorbed. Just apply it twice a day to your skin. Or try daily epsom salt baths.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 05, 2011
at 04:37 PM

I use transdermal magnesium "oil" every morning. It does itch and burn a bit but you only have to leave it on for about 20 minutes, then just shower and it all comes off and you're off to work/live etc. I do this in addition to natural calm.

D5096ff5baffc0ba5d20b21346414a7a

(1112)

on May 05, 2011
at 04:17 PM

So if you take an epsom salt bath you get the magnesium your body needs by absorption and it does not work as a laxative?

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 05, 2011
at 04:39 PM

With either Epsom or transdermal "oil" there are zero stomach issues. The magnesium doesn't enter the digestive tract at all.

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66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

on May 05, 2011
at 02:20 PM

i use NOW's magnesium citrate powder. a full dose of theirs is 680mg which i take before bed. the only side effect i've had is peaceful sleep :)

Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

(4764)

on May 05, 2011
at 04:25 PM

You are a lucky bastard:) I'd be in the bathroom all night and the next day with such a dose.

66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

(12407)

on May 05, 2011
at 04:46 PM

hah... before the powder came in the mail, i ramped up on about 150-200g of magnesium citrate a night from the cvs brand. maybe that prepped me for it. i did that for about a week. the 680 i take almost every night and i've never had a problem.

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on May 05, 2011
at 01:15 PM

Magnesium glycinate (chelate) in an amount totaling 400-600mg elemental Mg, perhaps Albion Minerals' version (sold by Bluebonnet, among others), on a completely empty stomach, before bed... seems to completely solve the diarrhea issue. I've tried several other alternatives (taurate, citramate, citrate, malate, etc.) and the critical issue seems to be using a highly-absorbable chelate, so the Mg doesn't just hang out in the GI tract and pull in water, and doing so when the stomach has been empty for several hours, ideally.

Cheers, Baz

6670b38baf0aae7f4d8ac2463ddc37c0

(3946)

on May 05, 2011
at 01:26 PM

Chelate also works for me, no bathroom blues.

D5096ff5baffc0ba5d20b21346414a7a

(1112)

on May 05, 2011
at 01:58 PM

thanks so much. I see iherb carries this and has positive reviews and you only have to take 2 capsules not 4 like some others...so I can start with 1 at bedtime on empty stomach

Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

(4764)

on May 05, 2011
at 04:29 PM

fwiw, chelate is a problem for my gut regardless, but moreso on an empty stomach. Hopefully it'll work for you though:)

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 05, 2011
at 02:09 PM

I've been a natural calm user for the past year. I simply followed the directions on the label, which say to start with a very small amount, twice per day and slowly increase the amount you take.

It does take time (maybe 3-4 weeks for me to get up to the dosage that nets you about 86% of the daily RDA; in other words Natural Calm's full daily dosage) and on the way titrating up occasionally you will probably take a bit too much and have to run to the bathroom but just go slow and add teeny amounts and you'll be fine.

Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

(4764)

on May 05, 2011
at 04:25 PM

Not necessarily:p I worked on tolerating Mg Citrate for years, going slowly with it and never was able to tolerate it.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 05, 2011
at 04:36 PM

Could it be that you are getting enough magnesium through food. Such that when you supplementally add more via NCalm etc you're going too high? In other words perhaps your body doesn't require anymore magnesium?

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