The benefits of Magnesium for Fibromyalgia have been documented in a study headed up by Selda Bagis, M.D., of Turkey and help clarify the link between magnesium deficiency, your symptoms, and how supplementation therapy might play a role in Fibromyalgia. Bagis found the lower the magnesium level, the greater the Fibromyalgia-related symptoms. She says, “All of these findings support the fact that magnesium plays an important role in the development of Fibromyalgia.”
Fibromyalgia, Hypermobility, and Mitral Valve Prolapse
All may be linked to magnesium deficiency and all are features of many chronic disorders and virtually all hereditary connective tissue disorders. These individual features are associated with hyaluronic acid abnormalities (a component of connective tissue whose function is to cushion and lubricate) and hyaluronic acid is dependent upon magnesium for its synthesis. Would a magnesium deficiency be a logical explanation?
The benefits of Magnesium for Fibromyalgia include assisting the body in absorbing a greater amount of minerals, especially calcium and potassium. There is some evidence linking Fibromyalgia to disruptions of the balance of magnesium and other minerals in the body, reports a study published in the December 1994 issue of the Journal “Magnesium Research”.
Magnesium is necessary to regulate our stress response
The benefits of Magnesium include being able to withstand more stress, because a lack of adequate amounts of magnesium can cause us to be more vulnerable to a poorly regulated stress response.
Magnesium is absolutely necessary to metabolize energy efficiently. I know living with Fibromyalgia, the stress response can be activated very easily. We tend to be less tolerant of noises, people and just everyday occurrences. For the past thirty years, I have been supplementing with a green, whole-food that is loaded with this important nutrient. I have been watching my grandson since the the day he was born and he is now a four year old. I have 2 cats and a dog that need my attention. I don’t think my life would be this complete without having discovered this amazing superfood.
Magnesium aids with sleep
Sleep is the first issue that most doctors address when someone arrives to their office with the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Low serum Magnesium levels correspond to an increase in sleep disorders and gastric upset. This makes sense because magnesium is involved in the production of the sleep-promoting hormone, Melatonin, and it is a known agent for settling the stomach (e.g., Milk of Magnesia). A lack of sleep increases the pain level for people living with Fibromyalgia.
Bathing in Epsom Salts
Another way to experience the benefits of Magnesium for Fibromyalgia pain is to soak the muscles in warm Epsom salts. This is how I love to end my day
Dr RH Waring, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham did a clinical study, “Report on Absorption of magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts) across the skin” showed that bathing in Epsom salts is a safe and easy way to increase sulfate and magnesium levels in the body. (http://ow.ly/hwxve)
Tip: I use coconut oil on my skin afterward, as the salt may be drying to the skin. Coconut oil works wonders as a moisturizer for all skin types, especially dry skin and aging skin. Coconut oil can also help with skin problems like psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin conditions. In fact, the oil is frequently used in expensive skin care products.
Are we getting enough?
Most of us probably are not getting enough Magnesium in our diets, partly because major historical sources were organ meats and mineral water, and partly because our agricultural soils may be somewhat depleted of minerals; another reason to use a natural supplement such as afa blue-green algae, which is rich in magnesium.
***Magnesium-rich foods include: brown rice, buckwheat, corn, dandelion greens, dark green vegetables such as spinach, legumes, nuts (almonds, cashew, brazil), rye, seeds (sunflower, sesame, pumpkin), wheat germ/bran, whole grain cereals and my favorite, dark cocoa powder.
Remember the home made hot chocolate our mother’s use to make from scratch using the cocoa powder?
If you choose to use a magnesium supplement, the benefits of Magnesium can be noticed more at the recommended dose of 300 mg – 500 mg daily. As with calcium, chelated forms of magnesium are absorbed best by the body.
Magnesium oxide is also available and is often less expensive, but is poorly absorbed by the body.
Since high doses of magnesium can cause diarrhea, doses should be divided and taken with food throughout the day. It is wise to let your doctor know of any supplements you are using. When magnesium is included in your daily food, you do not get the side effect of loose bowels, and I want to note that blue-green algae is a food…my favorite food!
When supplementing, the prevailing wisdom is to have the proper ratio of Magnesium and Calcium in order for them to be effective. A good rule of thumb is a 2:1 calcium-to-magnesium ratio. If you take 1000 mg of Calcium, you should also take 500 mg. of Magnesium.
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