Restless Legs Syndrome

magnesium theonate for rls

Saw a year old post from frances1 re magnesium theonate which worked for her. I use magnesium and was fascinated re her info. Goin to look up info on this particular form. There is a lot of magnesium deficiency going around mainly, I think, because of soil depletion and it's not in food as much as years ago. This is a very interesting piece of info.

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Hi Burmag, there are so many different types of magnesium that it's hard to keep up. On advice from this site, I'm taking magnesium malate. At first I thought it was helping, but now I think my longing for it to work convinced me it actually was. Three months on, however, there is definitely no discernable improvement. I've never heard of magnesium theonate though like most people with RLS I'll try anything. Where did you find the post from Frances 1?

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Hi, Lorrinet. Good to meet you. Re the magnesium. Let me begin by telling you I misspelled the med. It is actually magnesium THREONATE (with an r). I take magnesium for my cardiac problems so I'll share what I know. I was told by my cardiologist that all magnesium supplements are not created equal. I'm not sure why but perhaps it has to do with what it is combined with and how much magnesium in the dose is actually available to your body-more re that in a minute. Anyway, since my reason for taking was cardiac he told me magnesium malate and magnesium taurate are particularly good for cardiac supplements. So I take either one-usually the taurate. Re the post from frances1, it was posted 1 year ago and I haven't seen that user name again. But I googled magnesium threonate last night and got 4-5 good responses that helped me. The main thing I learned was that this particular form is very easily absorbed by the brain (nervous system) so perhaps this is why it might help rls. I am going to order some-I found a sight; thorne.com which sells them in vegetarian capsules for $11.99. I don't usually order supplements til I feel reasonably sure they might help me. For $12.00 it's worth a try. In my google search, I saw another post that said this magnesium didn't help. I read it and it didn't seem well-researched to me. Also, the negative post gave the reason that there wasn't enough'elemental' magnesium in the threonate form to help. So now to availability. Most magnesium sold in the US (don't know about elsewhere) is magnesium oxide. It's one of the cheapest forms to produce; surprise, surprise! It can be labeled either just magnesium or magnesium oxide. One of the selling points used to promote this form is that it has one of the highest amounts of elemental magnesium of any other form. This is true, BUT, what is not explained is that the amount of pure magnesium in a pill (elemental) is not important. What IS important is the amount of magnesium that is available and easily absorbed by the body. (Google info on elemental amounts and body availability.) Maybe available absorption is the key to what system is helped most by a particular form of magnesium. I don't know; just a guess. I just know often we only get a tidbit of info and then have to research for ourselves to get the whole story.I also know that many docs don't recommend magnesium supplements if your blood magnesium comes back in the normal range. They tell us your mag is normal you're not deficient according to your lab result.. But you can have a normal blood reading because only about 1% of magnesium shows up in the blood. There are other tests that show magnesium deficiencies in the rest of the body. One is a simple mouth swab. Why it's not used more I don't know. But a lot of recent research indicates many people have magnesium deficiencies. It's a much more important substance for us to function well that it gets credit for. FYI, it's so vital that for years IV magnesium has been a staple medication stocked on crash carts(excuse medical terms-the cart used when people have a cardiac arrest)and one of the first drugs given to help get the heart get started again. Many cardiologists tell their patients to take these supplements but more healthcare providers need to get on the magnesium bandwagon. Sorry for the chemistry lesson. Hope this helps re choosing the right magnesium supplement.

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Thanks for that information. I'll investigate it. I'm in England but we do have an excellent health store where I live. Cheers.

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I have not read all of the above. However I cannot get my head around why some of you are taking Magnesium TABLETS. If your legs are the problem you need MAGNESIUM OIL. Rub it onto your legs morning and night.

Incidentally high blood pressure, reduces magnesium in the body.

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Good point re magnesium. The oil is such an easy, inexpensive way to up magnesium levels though I also take magnesium taurate or magnesium malate pills re my cardiologist. One of my previous posts goes into some things I learned about magnesium supplements. If you want, just click on my name and check it out. I mention a website that I found a good recipe for making magnesium oil so that is what I do now; keep my spray bottle in my bathroom and use everyday. Making my own is cheaper and doesn't have any ingredients I don't know about

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