Useful Supplements for Parkinson’s Disease

Useful Supplements for Parkinson’s Disease: Part 3

dose: 800 mg of magnesium citrate

Magnesium is involved in a number of crucial bodily functions, from the creation of bone to the beating of the heart and the balance of sugar in the bloodstream, of special interest in Parkinson’s dementia. Magnesium is a particularly crucial element for mediating the vital functions of the nervous and endocrine systems; it helps maintain normal muscle and nerve functions, reduces tremors, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, prevents depression, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, prevents or treats constipation. and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis.In addition, magnesium stimulates activity of B vitamins,assists in clotting of blood, relaxes the muscles, aids in metabolism of carbohydrates and minerals, helps the body maintain a regular heart rhythm, and plays a central role in the formation of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the mitochondrial-derived fuel on which the brain (and body) runs. Magnesium balances out the potentially toxic increased levels of calcium in the cytosol. The forms used should be chelated (end in “ate” like citrate or orotate) but there is a lot of individuality on which forms are good and switching can be done if one form doesn’t work. Magnesium theronate crosses the blood brain barrier but is expensive so I combine. I generally suggest 800 mg of magnesium citrate to start. Topical magnesium chloride also known as magnesium oil can be applied twice a day when diarrhea from oral magnesium is a problem. Most Americans are deficient in magnesium.

Nutrition for Parkinson’s Disease Part 1: What to Eat

What Not To Eat With Parkinson’s Disease, Part 2

Useful Supplements for Parkinson’s Disease: Part 3

Special issues with Parkinson’s and Nutrition: Part 4

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  • I was advised that magnesium isn't readily absorbed by the body. It was recommended to use angstrom magnesium. Due to the high cost, I found one that is chelated for better absorption. I have been using this one: for several months. I have been pleased with the results. Not only do I get fewer muscle cramps but it also helps to keep things moving through the digestive system.

  • Thanks Roy, I wish I had seen your post on magnesium when you first put it up I might have prevented the onset of internal tremors. I also had no idea how much magnesium to take so your post is really helpful especially since I also have a sleeping disorder. At present I take 640mg but may need to increase down the track. I am worried about Niacin and wonder does anyone on this site find being a vegan helps. There was a post awhile back on a vegan diet and how it had slowed the progression of the individual's Parkinson's but the hype around The Wahls Protocol, though for another neurological condition, has me confused. Cheers

  • I didn't see see the links to diet you also posted - thanks. Niacin sounds like a catch 22.

    Have a great day.


  • I meant to say I am very grateful for your posts.


  • I'm one of the people who can't take oral magnesium as it really messes up my stomach. But I put magnesium oil on my skin when I can't sleep, and it often helps me. It's also really great for my stomach spasms and I've just started using it also for neck spasms. The effect is immediate. The only problem is that it causes itchiness and rashes when I use it too much. Other than this though, I do think that it's a bit of a miracle.

    I wonder how much I should use transdermally to get the recommended dose. Are there any figures for this? I imagine it would have to be a lot. And this might prove too much for my skin.

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