Here’s a great question from a reader about what types of magnesium are safe to use.
“I’m living in a remote area and am finding it very difficult to obtain any type of magnesium supplementation. The only thing I can find is Milk of Magnesia (intended for constipation). Can I use this?”
According to Wikipedia, Milk of Magnesia is a high-dose magnesium hydroxide that stimulates the motility in the intestines and flushes out the waste. At 2,000-5,000 mg it is still a safe laxative.
Now here’s a cool fact that I found when reading this information on Milk of Magnesia. Magnesium causes the release of the peptide hormone cholecystokinin (CCK) leading to accumulation of water and electrolytes in the intestine. This helps trigger intestinal motility.
Looking at CCK I found that it plays a key role in facilitating digestion within the small intestine. It is secreted from cells in the first segment of the small intestine (duodenum), and releases digestive enzymes from the pancreas and bile from the gall bladder. This helps explain why people with low magnesium may find they can’t digest protein, which may drive them to pursue a vegetarian diet.
Now back to the question. Unfortunately Milk of Magnesia has a lot of stuff in it that you may not want to ingest. Besides magnesium hydroxide, the other ingredients of Milk of Magnesia are sodium hypochlorite, magnesium oxide, beryllium hydroxide, calcium hydroxide, strontium hydroxide and barium hydroxide.
No, don’t ask me why they have to put barium and strontium in your Milk of Magnesia. In fact, the ingredients in most of the OTC drugs in the pharmacy come across to me like a witches brew yet nobody pays them any attention!
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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