I have had quite a few ectopocs recently, and have heard that a magnesium supplement may be useful to prevent them. I have found a store which sells magnesium citrate. But do I need to inform/consult with a doctor before starting to take the supplement?
Magnesium supplement and ectopics - AF Association
This link was posted by one of our members.........richardbogle.com/blog/vagal
I found the comments top right very interesting. Many are taking magnesium with some taking alternatives eg electrolyte solutions.
P.S. The link has not come up in bold - it will copy into your search bar and come up. Worth a look through the comments.
Magnesium taurate is what is often recommended, Dr Sanjay Gupta has a video about it. It’s really been helping me, (or my a fib has just coincidently calmed down at around the same time as I started taking it. ) 😊
I began taking Magnesium Taurate for nearly a year as soon as I saw Dr. Gupta's video that was recommended on this website. My recent echocardiogram results were excellent and greatly improved after my cardiac arrest 3 1/2 years ago. Although I do have permanent afib, a proper diet, regular exercise and being med compliant are essential for me to maintain a good state of health for my 76 year-old self.
I know many people take magnesium and find it very beneficial as it is an essential mineral and it is estimated that a large proportion of the population ar magnesium deprived, however, it is best to gain from foods so eating magnesium rich foods is best source. Foods rich in magnesium - green leafy veg, nuts, pulses, whole grains are just a few.
If you do decide to take magnesium supplements it’s a good idea to check with your doctor but also to inform yourself of what and how. I found this website very useful, yes it is selling their Magnesium products but it is also the only site which talks about the contraindications and when to proceed with care
I use the magnesium spray, which is absorbed through the skin. I can’t tell if it helped but after researching, it seems that a large portion of the population is magnesium deficient.
Magnesium Taurate seems to be the most recommended but it’s not easy to find and can be quite expensive. When Cardiologist’s and EP’s at our support group have been asked they generally support using it as a supplement but it’s always best to ask your own doctor just in case there is something specific to you that could make it unsuitable. I’ve used Taurate for around 4 months now and I think it helps but I’m a bit cynical about all supplements! I get mine from BioCare.
Getting a reliable source of any supplement which is manufactured to pharmaceutical standards is very important. BioCare is a good example which will tend to be more expensive than high street brands because of the higher standards.
try eating whole grains, fish, seaweed, dark green veg, brown rice, bananas, apricots, seeds, nuts, kelp, tofu, figs and pumpkin seeds. I usually have a desert spoonful of pumpkin seeds with my morning porridge.
I use magnesium spray
It did not do anything for my AFIB but it seemed to make me sleep better/easier so I have continued to use it even though I have had an ablation and no longer seem to have afib!
I think being stressed/ tired keeps you from sleeping and possibly causes AFIB or makes it worse so maybe it does help in a roundabout way!
The original question asked, do we patients need to inform a doctor before taking this supplement. Good question, with no easy answer.
1/ It depends in part on what else you are taking, and how healthy you are, and how knowledgeable is your GP. In otherwise healthy people, with few meds, then probably not,
2/ If there are any complications etc any existing illnesses/tendencies, you probably should ask.
3/ You do need a full disclosure at some point, because of the interactions between meds.
4/ As with all supplements, begin cautiously until you know how your body reacts etc
5/ I think you are pretty safe in following the public advice of Dr Sanjay Gupta
If you can wait, and you will see your GP soon, it would be respectful to ask the question and for them to put it on your file.