Posted by Lao Tzu on May 21, 2012, at 5:52:33
In reply to Magnesium dosage?, posted by SLS on March 21, 2012, at 14:52:38
It depends on her individual biochemical needs for magnesium and her ability to tolerate it. Some people need less, some more, so it is really difficult to say exactly what dosage she will benefit from. Certainly, at least 200mg of magnesium will help, but you can raise it slowly to 400mg or more per day. As far as type of magnesium, almost any type will offer some benefit. Personally, I prefer magnesium citrate because it has good bioavailability, but there are a number of different types. Magnesium glycinate is supposed to be very good at producing a calm mood. I have used this type with some success in the past. Another point I'd like to make is that it is a good idea to take the magnesium at bedtime as it can be sedating, especially the magnesium glycinate type. Be careful not to overdose on magnesium. Too much is not actually a good thing, but correct dosage is individually variable. I say start at the low point and gradually raise it to tolerability, especially if it affects the bowels. It can give you diarrhea at large dosages. It is also a good idea to balance magnesium intake with calcium as well. Calcium, too, can be a calming mineral for people. Balance between the two is key.