Have you taken magnesium for your fibromyalgia?
And if so, have you experimented with various forms to best suit your individual needs? There are some specific symptoms within fibromyalgia that can benefit greatly from the right form of magnesium.
If you have not experimented with all the various forms of magnesium, you could potentially be missing out on the form that is most effective for your fibro body...you may not have mitigated some of your symptoms to the maximum extent possible.
Although magnesium in its various forms is not
a "cure all" for fibromyalgia, it is like any other essential element, and
when it is missing or deficient, our fibro bodies can suffer the consequences to
a greater degree.
The right form of magnesium can aid in reduction of muscle pain, muscle cramping, excessive nerve pain and restlessness, calm the body and mind and it also works synergistically with other minerals.
Calcium must be in balance with magnesium. When taking a calcium supplement, always be sure it has the 2:1 ratio of magnesium to balance.
(refer to the calcium and vitamin K article for more information on our favorite whole food calcium supplement that is both safe and effective)
Also note that magnesium supplements should not be used at random by those with kidney disease. Always consult with your doctor first. Have your magnesium, calcium and vitamin D levels checked as needed.
Your doctor may have tested you for a magnesium deficiency and everything looked normal, but it might not be telling you the whole story.
A more accurate way to test for magnesium deficiency is through intra-cellular testing done with a RBC (red blood cell) magnesium test.
You can request this test at your doctors office or go online. Life Extension is one that we have recommended for various testing and supplements over the years, and they can test for many other things as well.
Magnesium is simply one of our body’s most important minerals.
Magnesium is shown to affect many processes within the body including
normalization of blood pressure, metabolism, nervous system, oxidative stress,
inflammation, insulin resistance and more.
Work with your dosages and your doctor if needed to find your effective dosing amount. Some will be fine with 100-200 mg. per day while others might need up to 400 mg. up to tolerance.
Magnesium is responsible for over 300
bio-chemical reactions in the body. Including bone and cardiovascular health,
mood and more recently, greater benefit
has been discovered in relation to cognitive function in the brain.
This also correlates with information we convey in the Fibro Fog article (a link to this page is available at the bottom of this article) regarding the best supplements for brain health.
Before we go into other forms of magnesium, I want to offer an alternative magnesium oil. This particular one does not burn like some do, and just 20 sprays a day (rubbed into the bottom of the feet, then put socks on while sleeping) is a daily dosage.
Easy to use, and cost effective. Yes, it will last you a long time. Helpful for anxiety, muscle spasms, and pain in muscles and joints.
citrate is a common dietary supplement form of magnesium. Generally well
absorbed into the bloodstream and very cost effective, however individual
tolerance may vary.
When it comes to oral magnesium, it’s good to err on the side of caution and if GI upset occurs, then refer to the various forms of topical magnesium below.
For energy production in the body and ATP. The mitochondria is the energy center of our cells, and this is where energy can be compromised in fibromyalgia and CFS/ME.
Magnesium glycinate is highly bio-available to the body and has less incidence of GI discomfort for those with sensitive GI tract or digestive illness.
I have found glycinate form to be extremely tolerable and well assimilated.
One of my favorite ways to get magnesium and trace minerals, is the
liquid ionic form of magnesium for fibromyalgia is
also ideal for people who may not tolerate conventional forms of magnesium but require
a supplement to address deficiency.
Concentrace (also found on the supplement page and adrenal health page) is a great alternative to pill or powder forms of magnesium. Put this in your water and you are done. Try the smaller size first for less than 10.00
FLAKES, OILS, GELS AND LOTIONS…. OH MY
What if we could absorb our magnesium better through our skin? We can, and it has been shown to be more efficient than oral supplementation; it is more quickly absorbed and assimilated into the blood stream and nervous system.
magnesium works quickly and more efficiently to restore magnesium levels, improve
mood and reduce aches and pains. It also calms overactive nerves and relieves
are a few quality brands that supply magnesium in an easy to apply form.
Ancient Minerals brand contains an ultra-pure form of naturally occurring magnesium chloride and other trace minerals.
discussed in the Adrenal Health article, flakes or salts can be used as a foot
bath when a full bath is not an option or time is a factor. We absorb well
through our feet, so using magnesium salts in a foot bath is a very effective
For Fibro-Girl’s favorite bath or foot bath recipe, click here and scroll down to Fibro-Girl's Happy Adrenal Bath Recipe.
Also, because magnesium and malic acid work together, you can read more here about malic acid
we better absorb our nutrients, less can be taken, making our regimen not only
more physically effective but more cost effective as well. I don’t know about you, but I cannot stand the thought of wasting money on
ineffective supplements. Experiment to find which supplemental forms of
magnesium for fibromyalgia work best for you.
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