Can anyone recommend a magnesium supplement that won't cause stomach problems?

I've recently realised that my ongoing stomach problems (cramps and diarrhoea) are being caused by the magnesium citrate supplements I've been taking even when I only take one tablet a day rather than the two a day recommended. I then discovered through googling magnesium that it is often used as a laxative so it's no wonder I'm having problems. Does anyone know of a magnesium supplement that is not likely to have a laxative effect?

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  • Some nuts and seeds contain magnesium. You only need a bout 5 almonds a day.

    mgwater.com/rod09.shtml

    his is a link re epsom salts.

    care2.com/greenliving/use-e...

  • Thanks Shaws, I will start eating some nuts and seeds everyday. I knew about epsom salts baths but I didn't know about all the other things it's good for xxx

  • There is a liquid magnesium available that does not give diarrhea.It is made by a company in the U.S.

  • Thanks Louwelsa xxx

  • Hi according to Dr. Mercola the best form of Magnesium is Liquid Nano Ionic form...

    For those of you in the UK or Europe i have used this site to get Nano Ionic Magnesium - 60ml..

    visit the thehealthcorner.co.uk

    I would say 95% of the Western Population is low in Magnesium

    Magnesium: A Mighty Mineral Indeed! Muscle contraction, glucose metabolism, electrical impulses of the heart, bone formation all rely on this mighty mineral to get the job done! If truth be told, the human body cannot function normally without magnesium.

    great stufff

  • Thank you so much for this info - I've continued to struggle to find a magnesium my stomach can stomach (if you see what I mean!) so I'll def give this a go xxx

  • What is the name of the liquid magnesium that doesn't give u diarrhea. I've gotta sensitive stomach and GRED

  • Hi Magnesium in lots of food and safe. However, if taking a supplement , it can be dangerous as an electrolyte and needs medical supervision and regular tests, also U`s and E`s , to check some of the other electrolytes, especially Potassium and sodium. Magnesium is a separate test and has a tiny range. Electrolytes ( the other corrected calcium) must never be out of range.

    Best wishes,

    Jackie

  • Yikes I didn't know it can be dangerous as a supplement xxx

  • Hi Some people think it is excreted if too much , but not always, mine certainly is notI have 24 hour tests for electrolytes, only because so ill. Mine is under a Nephrologist ( kidney) and cardio. It is a very important electrolyte

    It is important but in food!

    Best wishes,

    Jackie

  • Hi, usually diarrhoea after taking magnesium is a sign that you've got excess magnesium in your body. Another method you could try however is taking epsom salt baths. Put 8 tablespoons of epsom salts in a warm bath and bathe for at least 20 mins. Do this 3x weekly (ref: Dr Mercola). The other method I've used and helped me up my magnesium levels was using a magnesium spray by 'Better For You'. You spray it onto your skin and rub it in. In theory it gets absorbed directly into the body through the skin, by-passing the digestive system. Hope this is helpful :-)

  • Yes very helpful indeed thanks xxx

  • I think some people are also sensitive to it. My sister gets very low in Magnesium but supplements still cause her stomach/gastro problems.

  • Hi according to Dr. Mercola the best form of Magnesium is Liquid Nano Ionic form...

    For those of you in the UK or Europe i have used this site to get Nano Ionic Magnesium - 60ml..

    visit the thehealthcorner.co.uk/index...

    I would say 95% of the Western Population is low in Magnesium

    Magnesium: A Mighty Mineral Indeed! Muscle contraction, glucose metabolism, electrical impulses of the heart, bone formation all rely on this mighty mineral to get the job done! If truth be told, the human body cannot function normally without magnesium.

    great stufff

  • Hi HEA72, I have just been reading your post of 4 years ago so not sure if you will receive this! You suggested a magnesium spray by "Better You" which I am thinking of getting but just wondering exactly what sort you bought as there are so many different sorts, eg: Original, Recovery, Sensitive and Goodnight etc. I don't want to get one that gives me an upset stomach as I've already experienced that with Magnesium Glycinate capsules. I do hope you will receive this and be able to help. Many thanks in advance.

  • Hi pump321, I used the original Better You Spray :-) I found it left a residue on my skin, which put me off. I have regular epsom salt baths, which don't leave a residue because you shower afterwards but think I may try the spray again too.

  • Thanks very much HEA72 for your reply, I am amazed you found my message after all these years had passed. Thanks for info. on Better You spray. I rang Better You and they sent me out a small sample pot of Magnesium Gel. I only used the tiniest amount on my my skin one night and the next day my stomach was very unsettled, I think it must have been quite strong stuff. My stomach is so so sensitive so I have to be really careful. Did you find that the Better You spray upset your stomach? I don't mind about the residue on my skin as I may use it before I go to bed if that's the right time to use it. I think it might help with sleeping as it's supposed to relax muscles. I don't think I would dare have epsom salt baths as I'm sure this would react quite badly on my stomach. It's really helpful to hear from somebody else who has tried these things. Thanks for taking the time to answer me.

  • Sorry to read of your stomach reaction to magnesium. I don't get the same issue, so I can fortunately tolerate any form of magnesium. Have you looked into why you have such sensitivity?

  • “usually diarrhoea after taking magnesium is a sign that you've got excess magnesium in your body”

    I would question this as it has not been my experience. I am slightly deficient in magnesium (advised by my medical practitioner after a pathology test), and I experience an upset stomach and diarrhoea following taking even one magnesium tablet. I’m guessing that the diarrhoea in my case doesn’t indicate that there is excess magnesium in my body.

  • I lurve an Epsom salt bath but I'm wary of taking an actual supplement so not to cause dire rear - i.e. A dose of Salts. So using sparingly! (unless you want the laxitive effect?). Most multi vits/minerals have it in adequate amounts - however supposedly a balanced diet should too - but it doesn't in my case.

    This is third on my personal investigation list after Vit D and B12 (I think my iron is OK).

    However although many are low in this mineral it is an electrolyte (fourth abundant mineral after calcium, phosphorus and I forget!) and as Jackie warns these must be in balance.. and personally I'd not ingest it other than as Shaws says, in food e.g. nuts however sprays are readily available too - ones to promote sleep etc. my spray warns of tingling when first used, this indicates 'mg low'.

    I'd heard the connection regarding long term PPI use but didn't realise the connection with parathyoid 'tho....

    patient.co.uk/doctor/Disord...

  • A dire rear is definitely what I've been getting! I'm so glad I posted this question as once again I've learnt a lot. I have a malabsorption problem and have had long term vits D and B12 and iron deficiencies so I've become a bit fixated on taking supplements for all sorts of things. I obviously need to be much more careful. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find a multivit that does not contain iodine and my books say people with Hashis shouldn't take iodine. Thanks for all your advice xxx

  • I used to be good at spelling but not any more!

    I seem to be low in minerals/vits too but it's a bit of a minefield what to take and what not to (so best test before) agree that iodine is in most multivits but a little is probably OK, however as Levo has it already that little more may not be wise. J :D

  • There is also a magnesium spray (for skin - Better You) which some people find good.

  • Thanks Pureblue. I do have a magnesium spray but I thought that was more for spraying on specific muscle aches?

  • The Better You one is for supplementation, to bypass digestive system. :-)

  • runs to bathroom to check spray label.... out of breath, but fingers work OK!

    Yes same one - also 'promotes sleep' - someone said to spray on joints.

    I prefer not to take mg by mouth - but have spray & epsom salt baths instead - I notice I only have one bottle of spray left and half a jar of epsom salts... hmm... darn kids! (I got mg to help my Vit D work) J :D

  • Thank you Pureblue and spareribs. I've also just gone to look at my spray and it's BetterYou magnesium oil joint spray with glucosamine and menthol. Is that the one you both use or do they do different ones? I went online to buy some epsom salts and some were advertised as food grade which are cheaper than non food grade. Do you know if it matters if you bathe in food grade epsom salts or are they not the right type? I didn't know magnesium helps vit d work - I'm vit d deficient so I def need to use mag in some form and baths and sprays sound the way to go. I take so many supplements it's good to have one less to take! X

  • Greetings - Metabole Mag Formulaion; have taken for 10 days, no adverse effects. All best, G Coetzee

  • Thanks very much xxx

  • Why is magnesium spray designed to be sprayed onto joints? Is that the optimum method of supplementing your magnesium levels, or does it also help with the joint/muscle aches and pains?

  • Hi starpoppy, I've just googled Better You magnesium sprays. They do a range of them and they claim that they are good for joints and muscles x

  • Thank you. I may get some and see if it helps with the pains! It can't hurt :-)

  • Hi according to Dr. Mercola the best form of Magnesium is Liquid Nano Ionic form...

    For those of you in the UK or Europe i have used this site to get Nano Ionic Magnesium - 60ml..

    visit the thehealthcorner.co.uk

    I would say 95% of the Western Population is low in Magnesium

    Magnesium: A Mighty Mineral Indeed! Muscle contraction, glucose metabolism, electrical impulses of the heart, bone formation all rely on this mighty mineral to get the job done! If truth be told, the human body cannot function normally without magnesium.

    great stufff

  • "Thomas Edison said: “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” Today’s media repeats Edison’s words calling Carolyn Dean the Doctor of the Future."

    Dr Dean is an expert on magnesium

    her website

    drcarolyndean.com/content/?...

  • heiltropfen.de/ is where you can purchase pounds of pharmaceutical grade mag chloride hexahydrate which can be sprayed on the skin and/or under the tongue thereby avoiding any GI issues. This article explains the best/worst forms. Not all magnesium is created equally: healthy-holistic-living.com...

    This is a cheap source of the highest quality magnesium. Things sourced from salt beds tend to have significant amounts of toxic heavy metals. I have tried every form of magnesium in the market and would also recommend magnesium l- threonate which is an excellent newer form with great absorbability and enhanced cognitive function because it is the only form that passes directly through the blood brain barrier. Chloride Hexahydrate is great because it can be used to make drinking solution and the infamous "magnesium oil". All you fo is mix it with distilled water. Easy as pie and you'll save tones of money.

  • I use chelated magnesium, which I take at bedtime. It's more bioavalable than laxative citrate.

    I make my own transdermal spray as the commercial ones sting. A 250g bag of magnesium hexahydrate salts to 1l of distilled witch hazel is ok for me, but you could try 250g to 500mls & weaken it if that's too strong. It acts as a deodorant, too.

    Of all sources, I prefer medjool dates, 1 contains 10% RDA of magnesium, or a long soak in a bath with 500g of epsom salts, or 300g magnesium salts.

  • Biocare magnesium Malate. I’ll inbox you the link.

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