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Is taking magnesium along with Vitamin D likely to ease anxiety from supplementation of the latter?

Commented on June 15, 2014
Created June 12, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Just have a question related to vitamin D/magnesium supplementation.

I tried supplementing with vitamin D a while ago, but experienced great anxiety and a jittery feeling as a result so stopped immediately. After conducting some research, I now feel confident that this reaction came about because the extra vitamin D was exacerbating a magnesium deficiency (which has been highlighted as low in the past through a hair mineral analysis).

I'd now like to try vitamin D again, this time alongside magnesium, but am still nervous about suffering from a bad reaction (it was pretty intense last time). My plan is to supplement 1000 IU of vitamin D and 300mg of magnesium glycinate.

My question is this:

If the unpleasant mental reactions to the vitamin D were caused by magnesium deficiency, then do you think taking both together will sort things out, or should I be taking magnesium on its own for a while first (say for a few weeks or months to build up levels in the body) before bringing D alongside it?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

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on June 15, 2014
at 02:05 PM

Maybe you might want to get some tribulus and longjack with some DHEA and zinc instead. Usually, you'd want vitamin A, not D for raising testosterone levels.

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on June 13, 2014
at 03:10 PM

Cheers for the advice moors. Anxiety in general isn't really an issue though, it only rears its head when I take Vitamin D alone. All seems well on that front now thankfully.

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on June 13, 2014
at 03:08 PM

Thanks for that website Girlgenius, it's been bookmarked for future reference. As for checking for nutrient deficiencies, I don't really have the financial means for that at the moment, but is definitely something to keep in mind for later on.

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on June 13, 2014
at 03:05 PM

Thanks for the advice bud, particularly with regards to the critical cofactors. I hear what you're saying about 25mcgs not seeming like a lot, but I always feel that mental side-effects are much more prevalent with supplements than the same vitamin/mineral from natural sources (for example, fish oil capsules cause anxiety for many people, whereas salmon typically doesn't). Also, I was actually taking 2,400IUs of Vitamin D when it was causing anxiety, though I understand that it's the same principle. :)

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on June 13, 2014
at 03:50 AM

i've always shied away from aspartates, aspartate being an excitotoxin (may be i'm overly cautious/paranoid) & prefer to go with magnesium glycinate (or magnesium malate for a cheaper option price wise).

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on June 13, 2014
at 12:52 AM

I might not be, but am actually supplementing mainly for testosterone enhancing reasons, as I am deficient.

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on June 13, 2014
at 12:06 AM

do you think your are low in Vit D....have you had your levels tested...

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on June 13, 2014
at 03:03 PM

Thank you for all the replies so far, it's much appreciated and all the advice given has been duly noted.

I tried the Vitamin D with magnesium today, and thankfully everything appears to be fine now - no anxiety which is great. Just one more question though (I'd thought about starting a new thread for this):

My plan is to continue supplementing 300mg magnesium glycinate for the forseeable future, without calcium (which I don't wish to take for various reasons). Given that I have very little muscle mass (23 years old, 5"6, 115 lbs), do users here think that I am putting myself at risk of creating a magnesium/calcium imbalance (hypocalcemia), or is that very unlikely?

Thanks again :)

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on June 13, 2014
at 08:43 AM

I agree with the magnesium glycinate choice, there are powder options available:

http://purebulk.com/magnesium-glycinate-powder.htm...

But I do not understand how it can be caused by your vitamin d use, there must be other causes. I think you should try aromatherapy with orange or other citrus or lavender essential oils, the latter being probably less appropriate for men who don't want to grow breasts.

Many other essential oils may also be helpful and most can even be used in food and drinks though efficacy may vary. Some, clove oil for example, can be helpful in preserving food and drinks for a longer time.

It's what I think is an easy and convenient option, there are many other things you can do for anxiety also.

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on June 13, 2014
at 03:10 PM

Cheers for the advice moors. Anxiety in general isn't really an issue though, it only rears its head when I take Vitamin D alone. All seems well on that front now thankfully.

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on June 13, 2014
at 03:29 AM

I hate to say this. I know I will sound like a dweeb MD and I'm not any kind of doctor. But if you're having a reaction to a vitamin, then you should

a. check with a health pro (if it was me, it would be a CD or ND or even a functional MD who can order one of those expensive "check all nutrients for deficiency" tests... ok they can all order it, but regular MD's won't - a regular MD would be able to diagnose your reaction though)

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b. use something detailed like cronometer.com to track your dietary vitamins every day because you will be surprised at which vitamins you are constantly low in and which you aren't - I was very surprised, I can tell you...

As for whether magnesium will help, I don't know. If you know you have a deficiency (so do I), you might try magnesium aspartate (Swanson's has one that is pure unmixed with other types) for a while, and in the meantime, just get in the sun or go to a tanning salon and tell them you want 5 minutes or 3 minutes only... or bring a timer and get out after 3 minutes. Don't use the UVA or "bronzer" bed, you want UVB for Vitamin D. OK none of this is very Paleo, and I don't really know how to help you so that's all I can think of. Hope it works out.

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on June 13, 2014
at 03:50 AM

i've always shied away from aspartates, aspartate being an excitotoxin (may be i'm overly cautious/paranoid) & prefer to go with magnesium glycinate (or magnesium malate for a cheaper option price wise).

2ab4288eb45412403c378e1e4231a318

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on June 13, 2014
at 03:08 PM

Thanks for that website Girlgenius, it's been bookmarked for future reference. As for checking for nutrient deficiencies, I don't really have the financial means for that at the moment, but is definitely something to keep in mind for later on.

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on June 13, 2014
at 12:19 AM

25 micrograms doesn't seem like a lot of vitamin d3 to be causing anxiety / mental issues on its own to me. In the summer sun, that's a pretty short amount of time spent outside (maybe 15 minutes?) Maybe start the Mg, get your 25(oh)d tested, then supplement to where you want it. K2 and Vitamin A are important cofactors, as well as minerals like zinc / boron. (perfecthealthdiet.com/recommended-supplements/)

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on June 13, 2014
at 03:05 PM

Thanks for the advice bud, particularly with regards to the critical cofactors. I hear what you're saying about 25mcgs not seeming like a lot, but I always feel that mental side-effects are much more prevalent with supplements than the same vitamin/mineral from natural sources (for example, fish oil capsules cause anxiety for many people, whereas salmon typically doesn't). Also, I was actually taking 2,400IUs of Vitamin D when it was causing anxiety, though I understand that it's the same principle. :)

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