Natural MD Radio: Magnesium for Women



Today I’m talking about magnesium. A lot of women are low in it, which is too bad because this awesome supplement can really help in a variety of ways.

It’s one of my favorite safe and natural remedies, mostly because it can be used to treat so many difference problems and symptoms. Listen into today’s episode to hear my tips about taking magnesium and how it can help with food cravings, menstrual cramps, twitches, migraine prevention, or constipation.  If you want to read, click here for my accompanying article.

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“Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals in our body.” – Aviva Romm

Show Notes:

  • What magnesium does
  • What is glutathione
  • How chocolate cravings and low magnesium are linked
  • What foods contain this mineral
  • The top ways I use the mineral in my practice
  • The difference between magnesium glycinate and magnesium citrate

“If you’re getting a lot of restless leg or cramping in your calves: low magnesium, ladies!” – Aviva Romm

  • Using it to help with food cravings: start with 600-1000 mg of glycinate, splitting it into two doses a day
  • How it can help deal with menstrual cramps: 800-1200 mg of glycinate starting 3 days before your period and continuing through day 2, and you can continue taking 600 mg per day during the rest of your cycle
  • What to take for restless or twitchy legs or other twitches: 600-1200 mg of glycinate right before bed
  • Why I love glycinate for migraine prevention
  • How it can help you tackle constipation: start with 400 mg of citrate before bed
  • Why you need to talk to your doctor if your on medication for blood pressure or heart rate issues

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“What you’ll notice is that you need to take magnesium for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to get the maximum benefits.” – Aviva Romm

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Ruth

Thank you for this great podcast, Dr. Aviva! Do you have any thoughts on topical/transdermal Mg? (i.e. "Magnesium oil") Is it something you've found effective or would recommend? Thanks!

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    aviva

    I don't find it as effective -- I've tried it in my medical practice -- and find the oral more beneficial.

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Amanda

Thank you very much for sharing this information. I was wondering about magnesium glycinate for depression and rage. Any thoughts?

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    aviva

    Yes -- depending on the causes -- but important to explore other reasons -- stressful situation, fatigue, nutritional, etc...

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Melanie

Aviva, what is your take on topical application of liquid magnesium, known as magnesium 'oil' (such as Ancient Minerals brand)? Some things I've read suggest that this is a good way to absorb Mg, rather than through the digestive tract. Maybe using both is a good way to go?

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Ann

Wonderful information. I'll be sharing this with my sisters who are taking med for sleep issues and restless leg.

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Christine

This is great! Thank you Aviva for sharing your knowledge in such an accessible and clear way, and so women-friendly :-) I have a question: Here in Germany, in local shops I see only supplements that contain what is called 'magnesium oxide'. Where does this fit in with the magnesium glycinate and magnesium citrate?

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    aviva

    It's not a very absorbable form so I'd see if they can order another variety..

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      Patty

      What are your thoughts on magnesium oxygenate (not oxide) such as the brand MagO7 or Kimberly Snyder's Detoxy for bowel cleansing? I'm still confused by these different types of magnesium.

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Valerie

This was very helpful, thank you.

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Meghan

Great article/podcast Aviva! ???? Are there any brands you recommend to take for both magnesium glycinate and citrate?

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    Diana

    Pure encapsulations is a good brand recommended by many FM docs!

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Lisa

Can you recommend a brand of mag glycinate that won't have me taking 6-10 servings per day? I am only finding my "go to" brands with up to 120mg/tablet or capsule.

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    Megan Liebmann

    Hi Lisa, Aviva knows how important it is to get a trusted recommendation for products, but she is only able to make recommendations within the context of her practice or one-to-one programs. Talking with your health care provider is usually the best and safest route to take. Also, in the below blog that Aviva wrote she discusses steps for choosing the best products for your unique body. http://avivaromm.wpengine.com/nutritional-supplements-for-women Warm wishes, Megan- Aviva Romm’s Executive Assistant and Online Nutrition Expert

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Meg

Do you recommend any particular brands of Magnesium Glycinate?

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    Megan Liebmann

    Hi Meg, Aviva knows how important it is to get a trusted recommendation for products, but she is only able to make recommendations within the context of her practice or one-to-one programs. Talking with your health care provider is usually the best and safest route to take. The best tip she can give is to really look at the ingredients of any product you are buying to ensure that there are no additives that could potentially harm your health. Thank you for understanding. Warmest wishes, Megan- Dr. Aviva Romm Nutritionist

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    Beverly

    Check out www.labdoor.com. They rank specific supplements and a great way to be sure you are getting the value and benefits you need.

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      Manda

      Thank you! That is a very helpful cite!

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Chana

Have you seen Magnesium help with nausea during pregnancy?

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Debi Fairman

There are so many capsules and powders on the market - which magnesium glycinate (I prefer powder) do you recommend??

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    Megan Liebmann

    Hi Debbie, See similar question in the comments and take a peak at the link I shared! Warm wishes, Megan- Aviva Romm’s Executive Assistant and Online Nutrition Expert

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Mel

Hi, what are your thoughts on magnesium oxide? Does it have a more laxative effect too? Thanks

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    aviva

    I don't usually use mag oxide. I stick with citrate.

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samantha jewel

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Cindy

I now understand why I now love dark chocolate when for year I did not care for chocolate and why I crave it...

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    Megan Liebmann

    Hi Cindy! You comment made me LOL! I think this is incredibly enlightening to many people :) Megan- Aviva Romm’s Executive Assistant and Online Nutrition Expert

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      madonna

      what does & type should be used for sleep. thank you

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        Megan Liebmann

        Hi Madonna, please see the link below for an article Aviva wrote on sleep and where she discusses how to work with magnesium for sleep! http://avivaromm.wpengine.com/sleep-well-7-natural-tips-for-getting-great-zzzzz Warmly Megan- Aviva Romm’s Executive Assistant and Online Nutrition Expert

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Linda Peabody

This was excellent! I am a nurse practitioner and believe whole-heartedly in natural health. Magnesium is one of my go tos but have always been a little unsure of best dosing and formulas to recommend. This helped a lot!

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Bee

Thank you so much for your work, Aviva. I just heard your podcast on magnesium the other day and now this article came my way. In your opinion, is this information you'd agree on? http://www.realfarmacy.com/magnesium-supplements/ Thank you from Norway.

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Ellen Seidmann

Very informative!

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