Along with candida overgrowth, nutrient deficiencies are common in people afflicted with MS. It is suspected that among these common deficiencies is the mineral magnesium.
I refer to magnesium as a “suspected” deficiency because it is not one that can be tested, partly because only about 1% of the magnesium in your body is distributed in your blood[i], with highest concentrations found in the brain, the heart and other tissues[ii]. When it is deficient in the body, it can cause loss of appetite, headaches, nausea and vomiting, and/or fatigue and muscle weakness; many of which are common symptoms of MS.
Here are a few of the functions magnesium performs in the human body as they relate to multiple sclerosis symptoms:
Mg It is considered the “anti-stress” mineral, helpful for nervousness, anxiety, insomnia and depression.
Mg It is a natural tranquilizer, will help to relax muscles, blood vessels, and minimize muscle cramps,tremors or twitching.
Mg Plays a role in the body’s detoxification process, which is often over-burdened or impaired in people with MS causing multiple nutrient deficiencies.
Mg Aids in energy metabolism and protein synthesis.
Mg Can help eliminate kidney stones, reduce hypertension and help prevent osteoporosis.
If you have MS you should definitely consider increasing your intake of foods with high-magnesium content to help offset this common deficiency.
Below are some of the more common food sources[iii].
|Food Source||Magnesium Content (mg)|
|Seaweed, agar (dried)||770 mg|
|Coriander leaf (spice, dried)||694 mg|
|Pumpkin seeds (dried)||535 mg|
|Basil (herb, dried)||422 mg|
|Cumin seed (spice)||366 mg|
|Brazil nuts (dried)||376 mg|
|Parsley (herb, dried)||372 mg|
|Almond butter||303 mg|
|Swiss chard||150 mg|
|Green beans||144 mg|
|Sunflower seeds||127 mg|
|Kale (raw)||88 mg|
If your symptoms are severe, consider taking a magnesium supplement daily for several weeks or months. You can’t resolve a deficiency overnight, and it takes even longer when trying to do it through diet alone.
Always choose your supplements carefully.
Selecting one just on price is a mistake. You have to look at the ingredients. A high-quality, highly absorbable supplement will not contain fillers, artificial colorings, GMOs or sugars. All those extra ingredients can disrupt the absorption process, which means you just wasted your money and you’re taking all those extra pills every day for nothing.
A magnesium supplement also should not contain magnesium stearate. Magnesium stearate is a chalk-like substance that prevents supplements from sticking together during the manufacturing process. It is NOT a source of beneficial magnesium for the body.
So look for either magnesium glycinate, taurate or L-threonate. The other forms of magnesium found on the market are more helpful as stool-softeners such as citrate, sulfate or hydroxide.
When it comes to supplements MORE is NOT BETTER!
Unless told differently by your healthcare practitioner, take your supplements according to the dosage recommended on the container. With magnesium that is usually going to be 200 – 300 mg per day.
Most of all focus on whole fresh foods….focus on improving your health….focus on YOU!
Until next time, wishing you good health and happiness!
Note: This information is provided as a resource and for educational purposes only. These recommendations are not intended as a substitute for consulting a physician or licensed healthcare practitioner. Individuals dealing with a serious or chronic health issue should consult with your doctor before beginning a nutritional program, taking supplements, discontinuing medications or eliminating foods from your daily diet. This information is not intended to replace medical advice from your doctor or to diagnose any health condition.
[i] Mercola.com (April, 2016). “Up to 80% of Americans are Not Getting Enough of this Essential Nutrient.”
[ii] Haas, E., M.D. (2006). Staying Healthy with Nutrition. Random House, NY.
[iii] Mateljan, G. (2007). The World’s Healthiest Foods. WHFoods, WA.