I posted this in the end of a very old thread where I was not able to sleep the whole night unless I ate 1/2 a bag of white chocolate chips. The only consistent supps I take are 5,000iu VitD and K2 and I wanted to see if anybody else had gotten results like this:
Ok I wanted to post this up to try and help anybody with this same issue I recently started taking 1 capsule (though they recommend 3) of Magnesium L-Threonate (Life Extension Brand) and it has almost completely made my sugar craving go away!! WTF? I was just looking to improve my memory as the other day I mistakingly placed a piece of grass fed steak in one of my kitchen drawers. Idiot.
This is crazy to me because I was taking natural calm and and doing epsom salt baths 3x per week, religiously. Ive also noticed I am more focussed and less sore after lifting and have been able to bump my workout to 3x per week rather than the two days I had been doing.
Only side effect seemed to be going #2 much easier the first couple days. Also I am told that Im sleeping with my mouth wide open now instead of clenched teeth.
Has anybody else experienced this from MgT? Was I simply suffering from a raging Mg deficiency, in spite of the Mg citrate and baths I was taking?
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on August 26, 2012
at 02:17 AM
Vitamin D depletes magnesium so it's not a surprise. I notice when my body is low in magnesium, I feel a bit of brain fog/depression, stiffness in muscles, lower back pain and some heel spur pain. I have to hit a sweet spot with supplementation of calcium and magnesium.
on January 20, 2012
at 04:56 PM
I've been taking Magnesium oxide and its helped me sleep much better. It does relax my muscles quite a bit since often times I wake up to #1 in the night and my muscles are super numb.
Not sure about sugar cravings though. I wonder if its because I use a different variation of mg...
"Magnesium plays an important role in carbohydrate metabolism. It may influence the release and activity of insulin, the hormone that helps control blood glucose (sugar) levels . Low blood levels of magnesium (hypomagnesemia) are frequently seen in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Hypomagnesemia may worsen insulin resistance, a condition that often precedes diabetes, or may be a consequence of insulin resistance. Individuals with insulin resistance do not use insulin efficiently and require greater amounts of insulin to maintain blood sugar within normal levels. The kidneys possibly lose their ability to retain magnesium during periods of severe hyperglycemia (significantly elevated blood glucose). The increased loss of magnesium in urine may then result in lower blood levels of magnesium . In older adults, correcting magnesium depletion may improve insulin response and action ."
on August 26, 2012
at 02:54 PM
Interesting. I definitely heard about the sleep/muscle recovery benifits from Magnesium, but not about the sugar cravings.
I tried a magnesium "oil" (spray) from Ancient Minerals for awhile. I used it post-workout as recommended by Mike Mahler (a kettlebell dude). I didn't give it an honest assessment, though I've been interested in supplementing Magnesium again.
I've heard the oil is preferred over capsules because it is better absorbed through the skin, but would love to hear other opinions on that.