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Magnesium supplements for stress & tension

Yesterday I had a chat with the consultatant at my health food store re reducing muscle tension - since I'm already doing the good breathing, yoga, exercise, general diet & stress mgmt stuff, but I'm still clenching my teeth at night - bah!  Right away she said - oh you probably need more Magnesium.   So I've been doing some very interesting reading about it - seems like a wonder mineral & most of us are deficient. 

 

Anybody using Mag supplements - what do you notice?

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I use Mag supplements because apparently Mag helps the body asborb Calcium and Vit  C more efficiently.

Think the Mag helps with overall body health.

 

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true gecko - I've been taking a Calcium/Mag combo for my bones.  Consultant suggested extra would be useful.   In some of my reading last night re effect on muscle tension - calcium is kinda the 'on' switch to trigger muscle fibres to work & mag is the 'off' switch to trigger them to relax - so both are absolutely necessary, but sometimes (often) get out of balance.

 

Do need to be cautious if one has any kidney problems - extra mag can be dangerous in that case.   Please - it is important to get good consultation & I'm definitely not promoting anybody jump in and start self-medicating without such.

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Very interested in this - my sweetie often has twitchy muscles at night, we were laughing about it last night in fact, and grinding teeth has been an issue too.  I'll look at it as well - he'd be happy to have a suggestion that would help.  Chamomile tea helps a bit, but not enough.  Interesting that this deals with physical side of stress/tension instead of just emotional side like St. John's wort (which I really like)

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 Interesting, hubby and I were discussing tooth grinding in one's sleep just last night. He asked me if it was from stress. It seems that is one of the causes but there are more.

 I know that in pregnancy you have to watch you don't get excessive  Magnesium.  Tums with just calcium for heartburn as opposed to say Rolaids with Cal and Mag.

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Very true trishcuit re pregnancy caution.  As with most things ... good to check with doc or knowlegeable consultant!   I didn't realize Rolaids have both Cal & Mag - interesting - really, the things we learn here at wondercafe!!

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True birthstone - interesting to learn about the physical side of this problem - I've been struggling for a while with it, but it's making more sense now.  You can do all the good relaxation stuff etc. but if your own biology is working in the opposite direction ... well ... less than stellar results!   

 

I watched a couple of youtube videos by MD Dr. Mark Hyman on magnesium - very interesting.   He's somebody whose opinion I trust, as I came across his writings with regard to gluten (and other food) sensitivity etc. 

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We'll check him out.  Sweetheart had found some (very little) info about magnesium as part of a list of ideas for sleeping better at a clinic, so when I mentioned it, he was really interested.

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 Just double checked on the Rolaids and Tums thingie. Yep, still correct.  

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 Although restless leg syndrome is supposed to be a nerve thing,  I found Tums worked to relieve it also or a good calcium supplement in general. I used them during pregnancy for both reasons.

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