Fibro and Magnesium Malate

I have read several posts saying that they take Magnesium Malate for Fibro.  I called my doc , told them wanted to take and ask how much I should take .  She said take 2 - 500 mg.. The bottle says serving size is 3 tablets to get 425 mg mag. So need to take 6 to get close and they are Hugh. Think I need to find different source. I am wanting to know what others with Fibro have found works best for them . Thanks !   Diana 

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  • Hi Redhots - I'd suggest that what it says on the bottle is correct. I take them too - and it says a max of 3 tablets per day. I'm surprised your doctor has even suggested how many to take as doctors rarely get involved in prescribing/recommending supplements. If I were you I definitely wouldn't take more than it says on the bottle as a daily dose. I've just been taking one a day myself - haven't noticed any difference so perhaps I do need to increase it to 2 or 3.

  • After blood work a few years ago, they added more fish oil and Vit D3. I never take supplements without talking to them first .  

  • Really? Gosh, mine don't want to know about anything to do with supplements. You're lucky you have a doctor who's interested in that side of things. Mine just tell me to get on with it. :-(

  • Caroline C57, any OTC meds, supplements and vitamins can/will interact with your body and any other meds you take !  I don't understand why your doc would not want to be aware of everything you take .  BTW, I am in USA, Oklahoma .

  • I agree with you. It can do more harm than good taking supplements with the heavy drugs most of us are on. It can interfere with the way our drugs work.

    It is just simple chemistry. You take one prescribed tablet then a supplement and the chemicals react in your stomach. It can be very very dangerous and few people realise it as they can pop into a health food store and pick them up off the shelf with zero consultation 🐸

  • Hi Redhots - yes, I know about interactions and always check to make sure there are no interactions between anything I'm taking (I'm not on many meds anyway as I prefer to do this naturally). But things are different here in the UK. Here, my experience is that doctors simply don't want to know about supplements, only pharmaceutical drugs. So my doctor just lets me get on with dealing with supplements myself. I guess it's a UK thing?

    Anyway, don't worry - I always check carefully for interactions, etc.  :-)

  • Yes I agree,with Caroline all the doctors I've spoken to about taking supplements didn't seem very interested, just said its up to me if I want to take them, here they can't wait to give you a prescription. and get you out of the surgery 😟

  • My rheumatologist in the USA said there are no credible research studies to suggest that it's helpful. She further said use of these supplements could interact with all the other medications I'm on and interfere with absorption of my meds. The only supplement I take, at her recommendation, is calcium and D3 required while on prednisone to minimize bone loss and prevent osteoporosis. I do occasionally soak in ebsom salt baths which absorbs small amounts of magnesium through the skin. Everyone is different, so I highly recommend consulting with your physician before starting any supplements. 

  • I am in USA, Oklahoma. I never take anything without talking to my doctor. Well, hmmmm, I think there are creditable studies that strongly suggest Magnesium Malate helps with Fibro .  Google it, you will find several . Respectfully, Diana 

  • My cardiologist recommends magnesium and fish oil. He says those are the only ones with proven benefit.

  • Hi Redhots,

    Yes, I realize there have been some studies about the efficacy of magnesium and malic acid for fibro. In fact, my family doc - an osteopath - suggested I try FibroCare by TYH. But then my rheumy said because I'm on 14 other meds, not to bother with it until I can get off some of my meds. It's all so complicated, right? Anyway, all the best to you. I hope the magnesium/malic acid brings you much relief. Let us hear if it makes a difference for you. 

  • 425 is on the high side of the recommended range, so I would think 3 is enough.  6 would give you 850 mg.

  • Loglegmomma, my doc said to take 2 each 500 mg.  Went to Health Food Store and that is where I found so many options.  When the one I bought said Serving Size was 3 and by taking 3, I am getting 425 mg, I began to wonder exactly what to do .  I am only going to take 3 and see how I do .  

  • Thanks for clarifying... I read that as 2-500, as no less than 2 & no more than 500.  Can you tell I'm having one of "those" days?

    It's always better to "cheat" on the short side until you know how you'll react.  It can have a relaxing effect on GI tract as well as intended benefits.

  • Hi Redhots7

    I have just been doing some reading up on this and from what I can gather it is one of those supplements that you need to build up slowly into your system. I have pasted you below an excerpt from the *Easy Immune Health Website, which I hope clarifies what you want to know:

    *What is the correct starting dosage

    There are different guidelines for the right magnesium dosage depending upon whom you talk to. So, we are going to START with some conservative guidelines in order to help determine what your STARTING magnesium dosage should be.

    The “Recommended Daily Allowance”, or RDA, for Magnesium in the United States is approximately:

        400 mg per day for men

        300 mg per day for women

    The RDA’s were designed to be the MINIMUM amount to prevent obvious symptoms of deficiency, but not necessarily ‘optimal’ functioning for YOUR individual needs! However, researchers believe that these would be too low of a starting dose for supplementation to correct deficiencies, and that around 600 mg would be a better starting dose.

    "When Mg substitution is started, the minimum

    dose to be applied is 600 mg Mg per day.

    The therapy should proceed for more than one month...

    Even though you are going to be getting some of this from diet, do not include dietary intake in these dosages. Since you have a health problem the magnesium that you HAVE BEEN GETTING from your diet has obviously not been enough for you. So magnesium supplements are the way to go.

    I also HIGHLY recommend that you don’t take magnesium alone. Vitamin D is probably one of the most important nutrients for your health today, so read about the Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency.


    WARNING: If you have Kidney Disease, myasthenia gravis, Atrial Fibrillation, a slow heart rate or a HIGH Magnesium Level- supplementation COULD make your condition worse.  Be safe and talk to your doctor if you have any of the above conditions, or have Magnesium in Pregnancy.

    I want to genuinely and sincerely wish you all the best of luck with this.

    All my hopes and dreams for you


  • Ken, thank you so much, I always appreciate your thoughts and research !

  • Thank you my friend, as long as I can help that is all that matters :)

  • You help so many as you struggle with your own problems !! Again, you are appreciated !

  • :)

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