Magnesium Magic

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“You really need to start taking 400 mg of Magnesium twice a day.”  Those were the very stern words of my neurologist, probably tired of hearing me griping yet again about the endless migraines despite the countless medications I am on.  I’ve done everything he’s asked me to, except the Magnesium.  I’m not even really sure why I resisted it, I just did.  The thought of taking yet ANOTHER something just annoyed the hell out of me, and I just tried to ignore his suggestion.  He was less than pleased when we once again came back to the same conversation.

 

HIM:  “Why have you not tried it?”

ME:  “I don’t know. I guess I just don’t want to take anything else.  I just want them to stop.”

 

Yes, I’m certain my neurologist thinks I’m a royal pain.  Fine, whatever, I’ll start taking it.

 

Of course, I immediately took it to Dr. Facebook and was met with countless comments from ladies who have started taking it and have nothing but positive things to say about it. Their comments also talked about things I hadn’t even mentioned that I’m dealing with:  leg cramps, perimenopause, focus, energy, a host of other things.   The very first question I had is:  what the heck IS Magnesium?  (Hey, it’s been well over 30 years since I took chemistry.  Cut me some slack!)

 

Magnesium

Magnesium is a mineral that’s crucial to the body’s function. Magnesium helps keep blood pressure normal, bones strong, and the heart rhythm steady.  (From WebMD)

 

Why do people take magnesium?

 

Experts say that many people in the U.S. aren’t eating enough foods with magnesium. Adults who consume less than the recommended amount of magnesium are more likely to have elevated inflammation markers. Inflammation, in turn, has been associated with major health conditions such as heart diseasediabetes, and certain cancers. Also, low magnesium appears to be a risk factor for osteoporosis. There’s some evidence that eating foods high in magnesium and other minerals can help prevent high blood pressure in people with prehypertension.

 

Ok, that’s great, but what about my migraines?  Here’s the scoop from the NY Headache Center, published on the US Library of Medicine:

 

Role of magnesium in the pathogenesis and treatment of migraines:
The importance of magnesium in the pathogenesis of migraine headaches is clearly established by a large number of clinical and experimental studies. However, the precise role of various effects of low magnesium levels in the development of migraines remains to be discovered. Magnesium concentration has an effect on serotonin receptors, nitric oxide synthesis and release, NMDA receptors, and a variety of other migraine related receptors and neurotransmitters. The available evidence suggests that up to 50% of patients during an acute migraine attack have lowered levels of ionized magnesium. Infusion of magnesium results in a rapid and sustained relief of an acute migraine in such patients. Two double-blind studies suggest that chronic oral magnesium supplementation may also reduce the frequency of migraine headaches. Because of an excellent safety profile and low cost and despite the lack of definitive studies, we feel that a trial of oral magnesium supplementation can be recommended to a majority of migraine sufferers. Refractory patients can sometimes benefit from intravenous infusions of magnesium sulfate.”

Do a quick Google search, and you’ll find a gazillion enthusiasts raving about the positive and miraculous magical ways that Magnesium can heal your body.  At first I went into my usual anti-new-age-y stance, but then I realized that I was being ridiculous because 1) with that many people raving about it, there has got to be something to it and 2) I STILL HAVE MIGRAINES.  Even with medication.  Maybe it’s time I try something more homeopathic?  Eh?

 

So, dear readers, I’m about to embark on a magical Magnesium journey and I really, really hope that it helps with my migraines.

 

Have YOU had a positive experience with it?  Has it helped you with migraines or any other medical condition?  I’d love to hear about it.  Please leave your comments below!    

 

Hopefully I’ll check in next month with fewer migraines and a Magnesium pep in my step.  🙂

 

Taunia is a professional musician and music educator.  She performs regulary with several area big bands and teaches middle school music in the Los Angeles area.  She had RNY Gastric Bypass surgery on 3/25/2008 and has maintained a 150 lbs loss.  She uses Wellesse liquid vitamins and supplements as part of her daily post-bariatric nutritional routine to maintain her new healthy life.  For more information about Taunia, her weight loss, and her music, please visit: www.divataunia.com.