I’ve always been inspired by the phrase “Stand Back and Watch the Miracle Working Power of An Ever Loving God.” Whether you believe that god is inside you or outside you, the miracles that can be wrought are nonetheless amazing! One of the “small m” miracles in many people’s lives is magnesium.
I really set off a firestorm with all my recent magnesium posts. I’ve been receiving lots of magnesium miracle stories and lots of questions. The questions uppermost were: How much magnesium do I use? How much is too much?
It’s about how you feel, not about a standardized amount. Make a list of magnesium deficiency symptoms and rate how much they affect you on a scale of 1 to 10. You can find symptom lists in my Magnesium Miracle book or an online article by the same name. I even have an eBook with great magnesium stories and detailed dosage information called How To Change Your Life With Magnesium.
After writing down you baseline of symptoms, take enough magnesium to relieve them. That’s all there is to it.
When taking magnesium powders and pills, the dose ranges from 300-900mg of magnesium per day in the elemental form. Don’t take it all at once. Spread it out and take it with meals to slow down transit time through the intestines and enhance absorption.
Magnesium citrate powder (Natural Calm is the one I recommend) can be mixed in a bottle of drinking water and sipped throughout the day. That measure often prevents the laxative effect. Magnesium dimalate from Jigsaw Health has a time-release form that keeps it from causing “accidents”.
In terms of magnesium oil dosage. I heard back from LL’s Magnetic Clay that their magnesium oil contains about 100 mg for every 8 sprays. So, one dose of 300 mg would be 24 sprays.
The dosage of angstrom magnesium is low, compared to the other forms of magnesium, because it’s fully absorbed. The average dosage is 18 mg taken two to three times a day. I didn’t mention an angstrom source in last week’s post because it seems that the Complete H2O Mineral store isn’t operating. My current recommendation is Health Shop 101.
You know you have too much magnesium when you get a laxative effect from pills and powders yet your magnesium deficiency symptoms are still present. Your answer then is to back off by one dose and add angstrom magnesium.
Magnesium is one of those super-safe minerals that you can take without fear of build up or side effects. There are people who shouldn’t take magnesium – those with bowel blockage, heart block, on dialysis, or myasthenia gravis. Even so, I’ve counseled clients on dialysis and with myasthenia gravis who’ve taken angstrom magnesium with no ill effects.
And, of course, there are conditions you could be having that you think are magnesium deficiency but they’re not. That’s when it’s time to consult with your doctor, read my magnesium book, or have a telephone consult with me to fine tune your health program.
In next Tuesday’s ongoing series on magnesium, I’ll tackle the delicate question of how much calcium to take along with magnesium. As many of you know, I’m more in favor of taking more magnesium than calcium and next week I’ll tell you why.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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