Calcium – Magnesium: Absorption is the key!
Lately we have searched a lot about new types of vitamins in order to help patients with MS with absorption issues as well as bowel functioning. The more the absorption of a vitamin the less the digestive load. Usually tablets or pills have high loss passing through the stomach and reaching the bowel, especially when there is a bowel problem. Calcium and Magnesium are two major elements of the protocol. Even though there is a lot of information in this website about the use of Calcium and Magnesium many times patients find very difficult to succeed on the right dose for them. It takes some experimenting on this. Calcium can be constipating in bigger quantities and cannot be taken in the protocol without Magnesium but NOT at the time of the day. This time we have found two remarkable products (Eidon Calcium, Eidon Magnesium) to help you avoid capsules, tablets as well as sometimes dangerous additives these may contain. They come in liquid form and they are characterised as “ionic” forms of Calcium and Magnesium because of their high absorbability. Calcium and Magnesium in these two products is absorbed inside the body without having to reach the bowel. This will not only help patients with bowel problems (constipation, Irritable Bowel disease etc) but every patient who wishes to improve digestion. Moreover one will avoid the experience of constipation after the use of Calcium. Another crucial advantage is that with much lower quantities you may experience the same results you get with a high number of tablets or capsules. One tablespoon of Eidon ionic Magnesium equals 80mg and we suggest you take it at night before bed because you will feel sleepy the soonest you get it! If more is needed then another teaspoon would be fine to try. Same goes for Calcium. 1 tablespoon would be enough unless there are other illness involved like arthritis, low bone mass etc. At any case consult your practitioner.
We remind you some tips concerning these two minerals from this website:
The Calcium dose we have suggested is 1000 mg especially for MS patients because almost every patient has been treated with cortisone, which leeches calcium out of the bones, causing osteoporosis at a very early age. This should be taken with magnesium because they work together generally but NOT AT THE SAME TIME because Calcium works in an antagonistic way towards magnesium. Suggested ways of taking are listed below. Obviously this amount of Calcium is referred to tablets or capsules and NOT in a liquid form like the one we suggest here. Remember that:
- The body can only absorb 300 mg. of elemental calcium at a time, so it should be taken in the lower doses, spread through the day. This is something you may avoid if using the liquid form. Calcium should NOT be taken within the same time as all of the other vitamin. This can be achieved by taking calcium with snacks between meals, but avoid taking with dairy foods, bran , whole cereals, spinach or rhubarb. This affects absorption. Magnesium can and should be taken with meals and all other vitamins together, as it does not affect the absorption of other vitamins the way that calcium can.
- For tablets and capsules we have stated: Although most people who don’t have MS are fine with a ratio of 2:1, due to the tremendous effects of both of these on nerve transmission, the effects on spasticity, smooth muscle control, bowel workings, they are extremely effective in stopping spasms. Begin with a 2:1.5 (Calcium to Magnesium), and if no bowel problems are encountered, increase magnesium to the level where the daily bowel cleanse is as perfect as possible. (if stool begins to get to soft, back off on magnesium, until dosage is one that works best for you). Adjust the magnesium/calcium ratio, until spasticity, bowel and sleep pattern is at the best possible ratio, since everybody has a different tolerance for the amount that is actually absorbed. The best types of calcium to take, are citrate, carbonate, gluconate, and lactate. The best magnesium to look for are gluconate, carbonate, or citrate. In extreme cases of constipation, magnesium oxide can be used, but is very potent, and shouldn’t be used in your attempts to find the best dosage for daily use.
- Do not use a combination tablet because of the reason mentioned above.
- If an MS patient is having problems with spasticity, calcium can be increased, always with the magnesium, (since both work to maintain electrical potential across nerve and muscle membranes and work to smooth muscle control) and if constipation is a problem you should increase your magnesium even more for a while. The bowel should be functioning at a suggested two movements a day, since the build-up of toxins can actually bring on fatigue, tightness, an ill feeling and spasticity. Since there will be times during healing when the amounts needed may change (needed for bone building, or other important healing factors,diet,weather, stress, etc.) you may find that your usual dosage is not working as well with calming spasticity, etc., or bowel needs change, adjust according to need since the body is not always steady in it’s requirements for these important minerals and electrolytes.
*(1) Keep in mind that Calcium already included in some of the vitamins you take (such Vitamin C or Vitamin D) should NOT be calculated with the extra Calcium taken. If you eat regularly vegetables or sources rich in Calcium (such as legumes) you may consider reducing the dose of supplements according your needs.
*(2) Sometimes a 1:1 ratio of calcium to magnesium is required to avoid constipation. This is mostly for people who are not on their feet, or wheelchair bound. For non active patients magnesium can be taken at this ratio, and if constipation is still a problem, magnesium can be raised. Magnesium oxide beginning with a dose at 75 mg. can be added until bowel function is achieved in very persistent cases, but is more potent, and shouldn’t be necessary as the regular type taken.
*(3) Some of Calcium-Magnesium products may also contain Vitamin D (usually not adequate doses). Remember you should have 2000IU to 5000IU daily.
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