I’d like to address a query that I often get from readers of my magnesium books. They wonder if magnesium, which relaxes muscles and lowers blood pressure is going to cause their blood pressure to go too low if they already have low blood pressure.
Here’s a note from a reader who found the opposite for his low blood pressure and POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome). He says:
“I just purchased your e book (How to Change Your Life with Magnesium). And I can’t thank you enough for writing The Magnesium Miracle. I’m still trying to fine-tune everything but without magnesium I think I would be pretty bad off right now.
I wanted to let you know that I have low blood pressure which I had to be some what careful with before but when I became deficient in magnesium I was constantly feeling faint, blacking out etc. But once I took the magnesium, within 6 months it finally stabilized All the meds the doctor gave me never did a thing but make me gain weight. So for people with POTS it is worth trying. Everyone focuses on high blood pressure but never low which is hard to live with sometimes.”
Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome is a condition producing excessive heart rate when rising from a lying or sitting position. Heart rate can increase 30 beats or more per minute upon standing and/or increase to 120 beats or more per minute upon standing,
People generally develop POTS after becoming sick with a virus, giving birth, or being exposed to great bodily stressors (i.e. surgery, trauma or chemotherapy). All of which can also produce a magnesium deficiency.
POTS patients use about three times more energy to stand than a healthy person. It is as if these patients are running in place all the time. Activities such as housework, bathing, and even meals can exacerbate symptoms. Energy drain like this will make magnesium deficiency even worse.
In 1999, it was estimated that nearly 500,000 Americans had POTS, which made standing up a challenge, However, with research advances and growing physician education the number of people found to have POTS symptoms is steadily rising. As is magnesium deficiency. It is now estimated that one out of every hundred teens has POTS. Women are 5 times more likely to develop POTS than men.
There are no scientific studies to back up my idea that POTS can be related to a magnesium deficiency, but it’s easy enough for you to find out for yourself. Slowly and carefully introduce magnesium-rich foods or magnesium citrate powder and slowly build up your magnesium reserves and see what you find out. It’s worth a try when learn that there is no medical treatment for POTS.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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