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  • Kathleen

    Told my Doctor recently I had started on Magnesium tablets instead of stronger tablets for aching legs. She said I was the 2nd person that week to tell her of Magnesium that so she was planning to research its benefits. Perhaps a copy of your article will be helpful to her.

  • Sueann jones

    That was an awesome read. Really interesting. So that would be ideal for teenages as well?

    • Hi Sueann – here is the response from our naturopath. Best wishes, Anya

      Absolutely Sueann! Teenagers could definitely benefit from magnesium supplementation. This is where deficiencies start! (If not even earlier in life!) Kristie Laurantus, BNat.

  • Rosemary

    That’s really interesting thanks, I sort of forgot about magnesium but now will get back on it!

  • Stella Garton

    Hello There

    I take 1 Magnesium each night and are wondering whether this is enough as i have just read your article and is very interesting

    • Hi Stella – here is a response from our naturopath. Best wishes, Anya

      It really depends on the person Stella. Given that we are all likely deficient in magnesium, one a day would be a minimum. You could take one earlier in the day as well and it doesn’t have to taken with food; between meals is fine. Kristie Laurantus, BNat.

  • Fi

    Love the blog and the series idea with Health Post – good on you!

    Would be great to see sources of dietary magnesium and the quantities we’d need to eat to meet daily requirements……

  • Chris Page

    This makes a lot of sense, I feel better when I take a good magnesium supplement but it’s nice to know there is a good reason for that. My question though, is when is the best time to take it – on an empty stomach, after a meal, before bed? I usually take it for restless leg syndrome.

    • Hi Chris – here is some advice from our naturopath. Best wishes, Anya

      Before bed is great as we lose magnesium overnight in our urine. Taking another one earlier in the day between meals is good as well. It doesn’t have to be taken with food which is great because mealtimes can get somewhat overloaded with supplements! On an empty stomach is fine. I hope this helps. Kristie Laurantus, BNat.

  • Josephine

    Very interested to read about the liquid magnesium. I take what I call “industrial strength” magnesium to help manage my underactive thyroid. I helps me sleep and gets rid of aching joints and muscles.

  • Patrick

    When is the best time to take Magnesium , many sleep products has this as their main ingredient so would night time after a meal is best !

    • Hi Patrick – here is the response from our naturopath. Best wishes, Anya

      Yes before bed is great as we lose magnesium overnight in our urine. Taking another one earlier in the day between meals is good as well. It doesn’t have to be taken with food which is great because mealtimes can get somewhat overloaded with supplements! On an empty stomach is fine. I hope this helps. Kristie Laurantus, BNat.

  • kim

    Thanks for your article on Magnesium Deficiency. I feel like it was written for me with the ‘spare tyre’. I exercise and try to eat healthily but still carry the round-the-middle problem. I give magnesium to my daughter for migranes and sore muscles but never take it myself. Will start now and let you know of my progress.

  • Kim O

    I have started taking magnesium as my twin sister suggested it. I ran out of tablets recently and after reading this article realize that my tired legs and return of the spare tyre could be related to not taking it. I am back on them and feel so much better. Good to know that taking one before bed is beneficial as well.

  • Linz

    I take Good Health MgLax. Does magnesium generally have laxative properties or is this down to the other ingredients in the MgLax?

    • Hello Linz – here is the response from our naturopath, Kristie. Best wishes, Anya

      Hi Linz, Yes, magnesium can have an osmotic laxative effect if you take a high dose – this is the method behind the MgLax. The magnesium will not be absorbed and will pass through to your bowel, attract water through the bowel wall via a higher concentration gradient, and loosen the stool thereby encouraging a bowel movement. Kristie Laurantus, BNat.

  • Rachael

    Is it true that magnesium is best absorbed transdermally? I use magnesium spray on the soles if my feet at night – would this be enough?

    • Hi Rachael – here is the response from our naturopath, Kristie. Best wishes, Anya

      Hi Rachael, I am not aware of definitive studies that show one type of magnesium being absorbed better than others. It is actually a very difficult thing to measure. I suggest the best thing to do is to encourage absorption by more than one route, ie. use the transdermal magnesium on your feet and take a magnesium orally at a different time of day. We are largely magnesium deficient so it certainly won’t hurt! Kristie Laurantus, BNat.

  • Good article thanks and I didn’t know about help with the waistline!!! I had a blood test years ago which showed I was low in magnesium. I always suffered with my monthly’s having headaches/migraines and feeling sicky and plain yuck! I had a Doctor at the time that was more into alternative medicine. It can also assist with headaches and also sleep when taken at night in the right dose either in powder form or tablets.

  • Caroline Taylor

    I take a magnesium supp mostly for muscular cramping while working out – no athlete ..but a plus for me also is lack of pre menstrual cramping / so it’s a staple daily,very good stuff!

  • Lynette Chapman

    Very interesting article. Looking forward to dealing with my achey restless legs at night and that stubborn spare tyre. Very interesting to read that it may help with thyroid problems also. 🙂

  • carolyn

    I take a calcium/magnesium supplement among other things for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, & read that it works better with Vitamin D3, so have added that to my list. It certainly seems to have helped my leg pains!

  • Mary

    What are the general signs of Magnesium deficiency? I have the spare tyre and high cholesterol but couldn’t this just be menopause?


    • Hello Mary – here is the response from our naturopath, Kristie. Best wishes, Anya

      Hi Mary, There are quite a few signs of magnesium deficiency. It does sound like you could do with some. Magnesium can certainly help lower cholesterol and the ‘spare tyre’ is caused by excess cortisol, a sign of stress. Magnesium is depleted in stress. I would recommend taking at least two doses per day. I hope this helps.
      Kristie Laurantus, BNat.

  • wondering if Magnesium would help my husband. he does security work at times and standing and walking long hours he suffers for about 3 days after with aching legs hes resorted too wearing flight socks on these days says it helps a little. He also has a big spare tyre tends too need a lot of sleep although he seems to sleep all night thru snores a lot. I am a diabetic mostly controlled with tablets have lost 8-9 stone in weight but I just cant seem too shift anymore would like to about 5-6 stone more would Magnesium help us both and what doses.

    • Hello Gloria – thank you for your query. Here is the response from our naturopath, Kristie. Best wishes, Anya

      Hi Gloria, Thanks for your inquiry. Yes, absolutely; Magnesium would be very good for both of you. In particular the Biobalance Liposomal Magnesium as it is absorbed well. You might also like to take the Martin and Pleasance Mag Phos as this helps absorption of the magnesium and also assists its utilisation in the body – one tablet four times daily. Start on one teaspoon per day of the Liposomal Magnesium and move up to 2 teaspoons per day after a few days. Kind regards, Kristie Laurantus, BNat.

  • Lawrie

    Should we get blood tests before we take magnesium? What happens if we have sufficient magnesium and then take supplements? I do eat some junk and sugar but I have tons of spinach and pumpkin seeds and other foods high in mag as well as a daily multi so I’m not sure I need mag even though I do have some of the symptoms – but many could be caused by other things. My shape has changed in menopause and I’m pretty sure it’s hormones. I was told that the drop in progesterone accounts for the increased cold sensitivity and so on.

    So my question is how do we know if we are really low. A lot of those symptoms could be due to thyroid or a hundred other things that aren’t related to magnesium.

    Should we also be taking potassium or calcium with magnesium as I see lots of the formulations include these!

    Lastly – I have read about the sodium-potassium pump. How does taking magnesium help with this and is it safe to take if you have low aldosterone?

    • sorry for the delay in getting back to you Lawrie. You had lots of questions to cover! Here is the reply from our naturopath …

      Hi Lawrie,

      It is very difficult to measure magnesium levels in the body especially using blood tests. This is due to the fact that the body will keep blood levels fairly even, and take magnesium from various storage sites such as bones to buffer the blood if there is a deficiency. There is no viable way to measure magnesium stores in the many different storage tissues such as the bones.

      Hence, the best way to assess magnesium deficiency is to look out for typical signs and symptoms, and also risk factors. Most people are magnesium deficient, so it is beneficial to supplement with magnesium anyway. It is a mineral that is hard to reach toxic levels through oral supplementation (and toxicity is very rare – possibly only a concern in serious kidney failure). This is because the body will absorb what it can and excrete the rest via the bowel (possibly causing diarrhoea if you have taken too much). You also lose 100mg each night via your kidneys. This needs to be replenished on a daily basis.

      Specific symptoms indicating the need to supplement with magnesium include: cramps, muscle & eye twitching, tight muscles, headaches, fatigue, difficulty sleeping or relaxing, restlessness, and weakness to name a few. Risk factors include: short or long-term stress, diuretic use, coffee, sugar and alcohol consumption, excessive sweating, poor digestive function (therefore poor absorption), and poor diet (high deficiency levels in a lot of young people). To assess whether symptoms may be related to magnesium deficiency and/or something else, please consult with a naturopath.

      Magnesium can be taken easily by itself away from food. It actually competes with calcium for absorption in high doses, so the calcium/magnesium supplements might not be so helpful in high doses. It is not necessary to take it with potassium, although a lot of people are potassium-deficient as well given that the average person’s diet is poor.

      The most significant impact of magnesium on the sodium/potassium pump is that is helps produce energy, and the pump is energy-dependent, so if magnesium is low, the pump may not have the energy to function as well (as well as many other things in the body.

      If the low aldosterone is associated with kidney failure, as mentioned before, then magnesium should be used cautiously. Please always check with your GP for your own health concerns.

      Kristie Laurantus, BNat.

      • Lawrie

        Thank you so much. That is really helpful. I can see now that I need to buy Mag only and I will try to take it away from meals as I get a lot of calcium in dairy, almonds and my green smoothie.

        Is it better to divide the dose or does it not make any difference whether you take small amounts throughout the day or one big dose at night?

        • Hi – before bed is great because we lose magnesium in our urine overnight but you can also take a dose earlier in the day. Why not start with just one dose in the evening and then increase it later on if you think you could benefit from more. It’s always to good to start slowly when taking any supplement, so that you can keep an eye on how your body feels/reacts.

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