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what form/type of magnesium supplement should one take?

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there seems to be different ways of taking magnesium supplement (oral,skin etc) but am not sure which one is better and from what i can tell there are different types too such as magnesium malate. can… Read More
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4m, 1w agoPosted 4 months, 1 week ago
there seems to be different ways of taking magnesium supplement (oral,skin etc) but am not sure which one is better and from what i can tell there are different types too such as magnesium malate. can someone explain this to me please and perhaps recommend one? thanks
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4m, 1w agoPosted 4 months, 1 week ago
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#1
See a doctor, too much of something can be just as bad as too little.
#2
Strong argument that you don't need Mg supplements unless your diet is somehow inadequate. There are pros & cons. At least you're unlikely to poison yourself by taking too much unless you really do go crazy because healthy kidneys should shift any moderate excess to keep blood levels within a safe range. This also means that any extra you take in supplements will go the same way - straight down the pan. Gastrointestinal symptoms are very common though(for example, Magnesium sulphate = Epsom salts). Generally, it's the amount of metallic magnesium in the different salts that's the important consideration. Talk to a Pharmacist who'll give you an educated response personal and specific to your needs - also keep you safe. Beware seeking advice from health shops (or shopping forums for that matter) as high risk of uneducated/unqualified advice
#3
You don't need supplements for ANYTHING unless you have a health condition that renders you permanently deficient of a given vitamin or mineral, or you eat an horrifically restricted diet.
#4
misterleoni
You don't need supplements for ANYTHING unless you have a health condition that renders you permanently deficient of a given vitamin or mineral, or you eat an horrifically restricted diet.

There are many and varied reasons somebody might want to take a magnesium supplement. The RDA (recommended daily allowance) is only a guideline which is generally suitable for the majority of the population but by no means all. Second to that, there is such a thing as sub-clinical deficiency, e.g levels of a nutrient has reduced enough to produce some kind of symptom, even though a blood test via a doctor would return a value considered to be in the typical acceptable range.

It might be helpful for the OP to mention why they are considering a magnesium supplement.
#5
dave80
misterleoni
You don't need supplements for ANYTHING unless you have a health condition that renders you permanently deficient of a given vitamin or mineral, or you eat an horrifically restricted diet.
There are many and varied reasons somebody might want to take a magnesium supplement. The RDA (recommended daily allowance) is only a guideline which is generally suitable for the majority of the population but by no means all. Second to that, there is such a thing as sub-clinical deficiency, e.g levels of a nutrient has reduced enough to produce some kind of symptom, even though a blood test via a doctor would return a value considered to be in the typical acceptable range.
It might be helpful for the OP to mention why they are considering a magnesium supplement.


i am tired at all times. have trouble sleeping. restless at night especially the legs. gp not doing anything. had blood test done a while ago and everything seems fine. having been taking b complex and nothing is happening.
#6
xPabloz
dave80

It might be helpful for the OP to mention why they are considering a magnesium supplement.
i am tired at all times. have trouble sleeping. restless at night especially the legs. gp not doing anything. had blood test done a while ago and everything seems fine. having been taking b complex and nothing is happening.

Then I'd say a magnesium supplement is a perfectly reasonable thing to consider.

Personally I take Solgar Ultimate Bone Support. It has a good amount of magnesium along with an appropriate amount of calcium (it's sometimes considered unwise to take just one or the other) along with some other things. I also take Solgar Ultimate B+C complex.

I eat a good diet so I shouldn't need these in theory and yet I feel much better when I take them (and things go downhill when I don't). In the absence of any assistance from your GP (I've been down the same road) I'd say that it's worth giving them both a try for a couple of months and see how you do.
#7
thank you
#8
xPabloz
dave80
misterleoni
You don't need supplements for ANYTHING unless you have a health condition that renders you permanently deficient of a given vitamin or mineral, or you eat an horrifically restricted diet.
There are many and varied reasons somebody might want to take a magnesium supplement. The RDA (recommended daily allowance) is only a guideline which is generally suitable for the majority of the population but by no means all. Second to that, there is such a thing as sub-clinical deficiency, e.g levels of a nutrient has reduced enough to produce some kind of symptom, even though a blood test via a doctor would return a value considered to be in the typical acceptable range.
It might be helpful for the OP to mention why they are considering a magnesium supplement.
i am tired at all times. have trouble sleeping. restless at night especially the legs. gp not doing anything. had blood test done a while ago and everything seems fine. having been taking b complex and nothing is happening.
Maybe its more to do with a sleeping disorder or restless leg syndrome than a lack of anything. I know it can be very frustrating when you feel you are getting nowhere with your doctor but look your symptoms up and see if there are any further tests that can be done such as a sleep study and persist/insist with your doctor you get tested.
#9
xPabloz
i am tired at all times. have trouble sleeping. restless at night especially the legs. gp not doing anything. had blood test done a while ago and everything seems fine. having been taking b complex and nothing is happening.

I have a family member with similar issues. Tired all the time, random cramping pains, trouble sleeping, some gastrointestinal stuff too. All the tests came back within limits, can't see anything wrong etc. in fact the doctor even complained that this person was wasting NHS money by wanting more tests/more consultations when there's 'clearly nothing wrong with you' - no explanation for the symptoms. What's most annoying is that we have private medical coverage and all we want is a referral to a specialist (so really there's no reason to 'waste NHS money'), but no, won't do that until the doctor can see some proof on some test that there's a problem, saying you're not feeling well all the time is not enough apparently.

Sorry, don't really have any solution for you, but I sympathise with where you are.
#10
Its no consolation to you but I suffered with internal bleeding for years in the UK, Having had scans and internal examinations in the Uk TNA. I moved to France and saw a doctor, I was referred straight away to a specialist and after 3 visits with the specialist I was cured. They test you for everything here and always refer you to specialists if the doctor cant resolve it.

My father in the Uk was always tired and falling asleep a lot due to lack of sleep at night. When he visited us here we got him an appointment with our doctor who referred him to a sleep study. It turned out he was having problems with his airways breathing at night and this was causing a lack of sleep as he would constantly wake up through the night due to lack of oxygen, though he wouldnt be aware of this and just felt tired. They gave him an oxygen mask to use whilst sleeping and it did the trick, he was no longer tired.
#11
rhinopaul
Its no consolation to you but I suffered with internal bleeding for years in the UK, Having had scans and internal examinations in the Uk TNA. I moved to France and saw a doctor, I was referred straight away to a specialist and after 3 visits with the specialist I was cured. They test you for everything here and always refer you to specialists if the doctor cant resolve it.

My father in the Uk was always tired and falling asleep a lot due to lack of sleep at night. When he visited us here we got him an appointment with our doctor who referred him to a sleep study. It turned out he was having problems with his airways breathing at night and this was causing a lack of sleep as he would constantly wake up through the night due to lack of oxygen, though he wouldnt be aware of this and just felt tired. They gave him an oxygen mask to use whilst sleeping and it did the trick, he was no longer tired.


half of my family members have asthma or some form of breathing issues. they seem to sleep with their heads fully covered whereas i can only last for 10 seconds before it feels like am gonna die
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xPabloz
dave80
misterleoni
You don't need supplements for ANYTHING unless you have a health condition that renders you permanently deficient of a given vitamin or mineral, or you eat an horrifically restricted diet.
There are many and varied reasons somebody might want to take a magnesium supplement. The RDA (recommended daily allowance) is only a guideline which is generally suitable for the majority of the population but by no means all. Second to that, there is such a thing as sub-clinical deficiency, e.g levels of a nutrient has reduced enough to produce some kind of symptom, even though a blood test via a doctor would return a value considered to be in the typical acceptable range.
It might be helpful for the OP to mention why they are considering a magnesium supplement.
i am tired at all times. have trouble sleeping. restless at night especially the legs. gp not doing anything. had blood test done a while ago and everything seems fine. having been taking b complex and nothing is happening.


Go back to the GP and ask for a thyroid check and also your iron levels.
#14
sickly sweet
xPabloz
dave80
misterleoni
You don't need supplements for ANYTHING unless you have a health condition that renders you permanently deficient of a given vitamin or mineral, or you eat an horrifically restricted diet.
There are many and varied reasons somebody might want to take a magnesium supplement. The RDA (recommended daily allowance) is only a guideline which is generally suitable for the majority of the population but by no means all. Second to that, there is such a thing as sub-clinical deficiency, e.g levels of a nutrient has reduced enough to produce some kind of symptom, even though a blood test via a doctor would return a value considered to be in the typical acceptable range.
It might be helpful for the OP to mention why they are considering a magnesium supplement.
i am tired at all times. have trouble sleeping. restless at night especially the legs. gp not doing anything. had blood test done a while ago and everything seems fine. having been taking b complex and nothing is happening.
Go back to the GP and ask for a thyroid check and also your iron levels.

will give it another go. last time i had iron level checked it was on bare minimum (not low but very close to being low) so i started taking iron tablet but still didnt see any difference

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