Wednesday, 5 February 2014

More about Magnesium and MS


Magnesium for Major Illnesses

Well, the wonderful mineral, Magnesium makes for very popular posts each time I write about it. I encourage you to add it as a supplement as we need lots of it and we don't get much in our diet these days.

A few years ago I was in the Emergency ward with arrhythmia - my heart was not beating right, skipping beats etc. Now the nurses were pretty concerned. My main problem was I couldn't breathe properly. You know what they gave me? An intravenous dose of magnesium. Magnesium is needed by the heart. The heart is a muscle. It expands and contracts as it beats away every second of the day and night all our lives. Magnesium helps the muscles relax. We need it in our bones to help make them strong. We need it in our muscles all over the body.

Magnesium and MS (Multiple Sclerosis)

People with MS seem to suffer from problems with their muscles - twitching, jerking, muscle stiffness and spasms. Personally, I would prefer to take Magnesium supplements to relax my muscles than the drugs given to these people. If you are on medication for this, do not stop medically prescribed drugs. But there is no one stopping you from adding a magnesium supplement to your daily intake.

The general recommendation for magnesium supplement is 400mg daily. if you are addressing a more severe problem, you would need more than this.

One doctor who made a 30 year career studying magnesium recommends 8mg magnesium per kg of your body weight. For a person who weighs 50 kilograms (110 lbs), this is 400mg. An 80 kg person (176lbs) would need 640mg.

One other thing - this dose is not calculated on the total magnesium in the supplement. Much of the magnesium in the supplements is unavailable to our body. Manufacturers  often use the cheaper grades of the mineral to bulk out the tablet. Look for the word 'equivalent'. Add up the 'equivalent' magnesium and reach the appropriate dose from this. Otherwise you still won't get enough of this wonderful mineral.

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