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Why would someone take a magnesium supplement?

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Migraine Action

Key finding: Magnesium reduces severity and frequency of attacks

A 3-month trial undertaken by Migraine Action, involving 68 participants who experienced at least three migraines each month. Each migraine sufferer used BetterYou™ MagnesiumOil Original spray twice daily (10-20 sprays in all), whilst keeping a migraine diary to track progress. Overall, 50% of the subjects experienced a positive effect on their migraines. All of these sufferers experienced a decrease in the overall severity of attacks and three quarters of them experiencing a reduction in the duration of attacks.

PRE-MENSTRUAL SYNDROME – researchers have found that the combination of magnesium and vitamin B6 has significant effects on reducing anxiety-related premenstrual symptoms (nervous tension, mood swings, irritability, or anxiety). One of the ways in which vitamin B6 may relieve the symptoms of PMS is by increasing cellular magnesium levels. 

KIDNEY STONES – magnesium has been shown to increase the solubility of calcium oxalate and inhibit both calcium phosphate and oxalate stone formation.

FATIGUE – An underlying magnesium deficiency, even if ‘sub clinical’, can result in chronic fatigue and symptoms similar to chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Many chronic fatigue syndrome patients have been shown to have low red blood cell magnesium levels.

Fibromyalgia - 

40 women with the clinically determined diagnosis “Fibromyalgia” took part in the study. With the help of a special fibromyalgia questionnaire, the type and manifestation of the complaints were documented on a scale. The data were recorded at the beginning, after 2 weeks and 4 weeks treatment time. Every participant was asked to spray and massage in 4 spray strokes twice a day on the arms and legs for 4 weeks. 24 participants completed the study. For all participants, all complaints improved significantly.

 

Symptoms of low magnesium levels

Magnesium deficiency can manifest itself in a number of different symptoms that are not exclusively linked to low levels of magnesium.

This makes it difficult to diagnose and often sees deficiency go unnoticed and untreated.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, this could indicate that you may need to boost your magnesium intake.

  • Poor sleep patterns
  • Night-time cramping (restless legs)
  • Joint discomfort and stiffness
  • Increased menstrual discomfort
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Poor concentration
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Respiratory issues (including asthma)
  • Poor skin conditions (including psoriasis and eczema)
  • Low energy levels (particularly mid-morning and afternoon)
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

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