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For those who use magnesium for constipation, what type of magnesium is it?

Guy at vitamin store asked me -& said it should be two words "Magnesium _________".. like Magnesium citrate....

Anyone have any info on this?

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Deb

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The magnesium that I take is from Allergy Research Group, I get it at the health food store, it is relatively expensive. It is magnesium with malic acid and I started taking it to help with my fibromyalgia at the recommendation of the man that owns the stor. He is very smart and has celiac disease. He actually recommended it when I first was diagnosed with fibro and had not been diagnosed with celiac yet. I can't say that it cured the constipation---it did help with the fibro, I guess. The thing that helps that the most is prunes. They are very healthy for you as they have lots of fiber and are a natural way to help you along. I eat them every three or four days and I am regular now. It is far less expensive than the magnesium. However, people that have fibro and migraines have been found to be seriously lacking in the magnesium department, I will continue to take it.

Barbara

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You can buy a blend of the magnesiums: oxide, stearate, & calcitrate (I may be a little off on those names, but you get the picture). I use NOW brand. Also, if you can't find them in a blend, just try one out and see if it helps. If it doesn't, move on to the next one.

I've been using magnesium to help with constipation for years. I started using milk of magnesia (which I still use a few times a week - it does the best job, I think), then switched to the magnesium caplets, also sold by Phillips (found near the laxatives at the drugstore), and then when I realized how much I was spending on that, I switched to just magnesium supplements. Play around with brands and dosages until you find one you like.

Also, I was on Zelnorm, which was the greatest thing ever, but they yanked that off the market and my doctor put me on Amitiza. I don't like it quite as well, but it does help a lot. Amitiza is gluten-free.

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For those who use magnesium for constipation, what type of magnesium is it?

Guy at vitamin store asked me -& said it should be two words "Magnesium _________".. like Magnesium citrate....

Anyone have any info on this?

Thanks

Deb

I use Country Life Magnesium Aspartate with Potassium. The aspartate form is very absorbable and potassium also facilitates magnesium absorption. However you might consider WHY you have a magnesium deficiency and constipation. I believed celiac disease and food allergies, esp. dairy, caused my constipation. However after eliminating gluten, dairy, soy, egg and cane sugar and restoring gut bacteria with probiotics I STILL had hard stools. Then I read that low stomach acid prevents absorption of magnesium from foods. (I eat lots of magnesium rich foods.) Many people are misdiagnosed with excess stomach acid and given acid blocker meds. However docs RARELY measure a patient's stomach acid before prescribing those drugs. I took acid blocking meds for 10 years after my celiac disease related reflux was misdiagnosed as 'gastritis'. Now I'm taking magnesium plus digestive enzymes with HCl and have regular, soft stools every day for the first time in my life.

Here's a link to an article about magnesium (which someone previously quoted on this message board):

http://www.mbschachter.com/importance_of_m...um_to_human.htm

BURDEE

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Because magnesium and other minerals are so important to the function of the gut, it is vital that primary digestion is optimal. It is common in coeliac that stomach acid is low, therefore supplementing HCl & pepsin will ensure magnesium and others are absorbed more efficiently from food. Of course, as long as magnesium food sources are provided!

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