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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Magnesium for Constipation-who knew?

Magnesium (Mg) is essential for overall physical and mental health. It is the 2nd most (after calcium which counters magnesium) abundant mineral in the body and is necessary for the proper function of every cell in your body. Mg is vital to muscle function, heart rhythm, blood pressure, blood sugar regulation, protein formation, bone development, hormonal action, DNA production and nerve tissue function.

Because of its role in muscle function it has been used as a laxative for generations. The intestines are a long muscular tube and Mg helps it work properly. A Japanese study with almost 4,000 women recently showed the direct link between constipation and Mg deficiency. Mg deficiency maybe a more important cause of constipation than the intake of water or dietary fiber. 

Adequate Mg allows the muscle walls of the intestines to be relaxed enough to generate a smooth regular rhythm (peristalsis). Moreover, Mg attracts water into the colon and softens the stool making it easier to pass. Together these actions relieve constipation.

There are many different types of Mg supplements including oxide, citrate, chelate, and sulfate.  The oxide form (Milk of Magnesia) is least absorbed and may irritate the lower intestine.  Mg citrate has proven to be most cost effective and safest way to deal with constipation, especially, IBS related. The recommended dosage is 400-800 Mg daily and can be adjusted to your personal needs with respect to regular bowel movement.


The added benefits of Mg is that it alleviates other disorders are related to Mg deficiency. Many of the distress associated with IBS are stress related pointing to a problem of nervous system. Since Mg is vital to the function of nerve cells, its deficiency can cause depression and or anxiety; muscle spasm and cramps; cardiovascular disorder and high blood pressure. All these issues involve the work of 

Insufficient Mg in the diet also reduces the pancreas ability to secrete insulin. This is the beginning of insulin resistance and eventually leading to diabetes. Increasing your magnesium intake can have many benefits, some of which are experienced almost overnight. You have nothing to lose and potentially so much to gain from this wonderful mineral. Why not give Magnesium a try today!