Posted by JLx on April 1, 2003, at 9:03:46
In reply to Re: Miraculous results with magnesium! » JLx, posted by johnj on March 31, 2003, at 10:34:49
Hi, Johnj, sorry I didn't see your post yesterday. Slow learning curve here with this site. ;)
I'm still doing great. I truly feel cured. :) It may not ONLY be the magnesium, however, as I have been taking fish oil now long enough that that may have "kicked in" as well, along with other supplements and dietary changes.
I'm freaking out at the cost of all my supplements, so I'm trying to experiment to try to determine how I feel in relation to what I just took or didn't take each/previous day so it all varies. 800 to 1,000 mg of magnesium is a given. I haven't determined yet if there's a difference between magnesium glycinate or citrate in how I feel.
I take a 1 capsule multi-vitamin/mineral without iron most days, taking 400 mg of magnesium with it to balance the 250mg of calcium that is in it. I add zinc picolinate, 50 mg. Vit. E 200 mg 3/day always. A&D 10,000/400 IU as fish liver oil, every other day. Vit B complex 50 mg once or twice a day, sometimes less as I just read recently that some people can have too much folic acid. I have more investigating to do on that one. Have you ever been to this site? http://www.alternativementalhealth.com/default.htm It's a good one, imo. Check out their articles section: http://www.alternativementalhealth.com/articleindex.htm
I also take 6-9 mg of boron, 1000mcg of B12 (when I remember), Vit. C 500 mg plus 1,000 mg of bioflavonoids whenever I eat/take anything else, sometimes 1,000 mg of C at a time. I take the extra C especially with cheapo fish oil (4 or more 1,000 mg capsules/per day) to counteract its likely rancidity. I also take more expensive non-rancid fish oil, a DHA dominant capsule (from Carlson labs) and another 1,000 mg salmon oil (from Carlson's) at a different time. Some people cannot convert EPA to DHA effectively I've read, so I take both in case I'm one of them. At night I take 1,300 mg of evening primrose oil. And I was taking 1,000 mg/day of CLA but I ran out. Ditto for 2-4 grams of inositol per day.
Prior to the magnesium experiment, DHEA was the only supplement that I could really tell improved my mood, so I still take 25 mg of that each morning. Peruvian maca also for hormone support. Probiotics in the morning before breakfast.
Besides depression, I figured I was also hypoglycemic and had a Candida problem too so I take extra GTF chromium 2-600 mg per day for that, and an AntiCandida forumula with caprylic acid, oregano oil, etc. Garlic is also good for yeast and many other things so I take that every day. I have different kinds and strengths and just grab one or two with each meal. Lecithin 1200 mg, enzymes and various kinds of fiber capsules with every meal. 30 mg of COQ10 twice a day for energy and other reasons. (I wish I could afford more.) Alpha lipoic acid is said to be a great antioxidant, especially good for one's liver, and is supposed to be helpful with SSRI-induced weight gain also. It's expensive, but I take 100 mg 2-300 mg 2-3/day for those reasons. Also for my liver, Silymarin 150 mg once or twice a day. I'm being extra kind to it after years of sugar and processed food abuse. ;) I will discontinue that one when it runs out.
I take a "brain support" formula once or twice a day that has 60 mg of gingko, PS (phosphatidyl serine) 150 mg, Acetyl L-carnitine 100 mg, DHA powder from algae, 100 mg, Choline 25 mg, Inositol 25 mg. Also another formula of N-Acetyl Cysteine with selenium and molybdenum. I forget now specifically why I bought that last one!
At night I take 3 mg of melatonin and 50 mg of 5-HTP and 200 or 400 mg of magnesium or a Epsom Salt foot soak and usually the amino acid glycine for further relaxation of my back.
I'm a long-term supplement-taking person -- at least a multi, extra C, Bs, herbal women's formula and anything else that I would read was recommended for depression/anxiety -- so the volume of all this doesn't bother me. I wanted to get off to a good start too supporting my brain, liver and metabolism in general this first month, and I will probably discontinue some of those for the long term. I'm drinking distilled water now, lots of it, but I hope to find something cheaper. My diet is pretty much the "stone age diet" I think -- and I've lost 30-some pounds now, in 5 weeks. I always walked for exercise but now I'm walking faster and farther. It's all been as EASE-y as can be starting with the first day on magnesium. :)
For anxiety, as needed, (I'm job hunting!) 500 mg of the amino acid GABA on an empty stomach works good -- much better and quicker than the Xanax or Klonopin I've been on in the past.
The only thing I have yet to straighten out is a low thyroid problem. But that's 'nother medical frustration story.
Still, life is good. :) I'm glad you're having some success with magnesium too. I know just what you mean by, "I have been just basking in finding my old self again after so much time."