Taking a Look at Magnesium Supplements for Fibromyalgia

Taking a Look at Magnesium Supplements for Fibromyalgia
I've written about magnesium deficiency and how it relates to fibromyalgia in a previous column. I cited a study that found that women with fibromyalgia had significantly lower levels of minerals, including magnesium and iron, when compared with controls. Some research suggests that magnesium supplementation might improve sleep quality and reduce pain in those with fibromyalgia. Magnesium is involved in 300 biochemical processes in the body and is essential for maintaining normal nerve and muscle function. The mineral is present in many foods; good dietary sources include avocados, green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains. However, many of us are gluten-sensitive, so whole grains are out. While I think it's best to obtain vitamins and minerals from the foods we eat, it is not always possible to get adequate amounts of nutrients, partly due to the depletion of minerals in our soil. Good, quality supplements can pick up the slack and fill in our nutritional gaps. Many different types of magnesium supplements are available, including magnesium citrate, taurate, glycinate, chloride, and carbonate. Research has indicated some health benefits from supplementation. For example, a study of magnesium taurate suggested benefits for
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6 comments

  1. Lisa says:

    Being gluten sensitive does not mean “whole grains are out.” Brown rice, quinoa, and oats are all gluten free and good sources of magnesium.

  2. Marsha A. Rodriguez says:

    Thank you Robin for the useful information. On all of my recent wellness appointments my magnesium level is always within the proper range. However I read an article (can’t remember where) about how lab tests results were not always accurate due how the results are configured. I’m not sure about the exact wording so I hope this makes sense to you. How do I know if I should increase my magnesium? I’m willing to try anything that doesn’t involve pharmaceuticals.

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