Monday, 28 April 2014

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

People with MS seem to suffer from problems with their muscles -
  • twitching
  • jerking
  • muscle stiffness
  • 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.

Different Forms of Magnesium

  • mineral magnesium taken as a supplement as I described above
  •  magnesium in a cell salt form. These are very popular and are used as a quick relief from cramping etc. The football team my husband worked with used these for quick relief when the players got cramps in their legs. This is called Mag phos Cell salts or Tissue salts.
  • Mag phos spray is the cell salt or tissue salts available in a spray form. Just squirt a couple of sprays in your mouth. 
  • Mag phos cream can be rubbed into cramping fingers, toes or legs or anywhere else the cramp occurs
  • Magnesium also comes as a Homeopathy remedy. This is marvelous when the cramps are really bad. It comes in much high strengths like 30c, 200c, M and higher. You will get these from a Homeopath. In some countries you can buy them in a pharmacy.
  • Epsom salts is magnesium. Add half a cup of magnesium to your bath. Soak and enjoy. We absorb things through our skin so you will be absorbing the magnesium while you enjoy your bathe.
Many types of magnesium can be bought at my Ebay store

Let me know what your favourite topic is ......

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