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Calcium Magnesium benefits for Multiple Sclerosis

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Calcium Magnesium benefits for Multiple Sclerosis can be very important. Many patients have reported significant improvents with constipation problems, sleep disorders, improvements on spasticity and/or stiffness or several other myoskeletal problems can be very important. These two crucial minerals, can relieve people with Multiple Sclerosis.

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. Even though  Calcium Magnesium benefits for multiple sclerosis helps constipation problems, sleep disorders, spasticity and/or stiffness, usually taken in tablets or pills results having a 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 (Vitamin D and K2 completes the right combination for taking these two minerals).

We have found Eidon Magnesium and Eidon Calcium 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. This product 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. In case you can't find these products you may seek for a powder form which is also more absorbable. Check also: Multiple sclerosis nutritional supplements: Where to find them.

  • 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.

Vitamin D – What you should Know

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Many facts come to surface lately concerning Vitamin D. Since summer is coming I thought I should remind you what’s important in my opinion concerning MS and Vitamin D.

1. If you have MS the best and SAFEST way to get your vitamin D is through Vitamin D supplements. Prefer to find it in a dry form tablet and DON’T USE any fish liver products because they may be contaminated by heavy metals. For Dr Klenner protocol we suggest Vitamin D3 (Cholecalsiferol) – 2000 – 5000IUs daily (dosage may be increased at doctor’s suggestion). Don’t listen to the RDAs spouted by the public health agencies. They are not nearly enough to keep you healthy. It is said that to prevent the flu, children need 2,000 IU a day of vitamin D, while adults need 5,000 IU to 10,000 IU

2. Exposure to sunlight causes vitamin D to be produced in your skin. But only a portion of the solar spectrum, known as ultraviolet  (UVB), that has this effect. Other parts of the solar spectrum can have very different  and even harmful effects. UVA can cause cancerous mutations, and can also break down the vitamin D formed in your skin after outdoor UVB exposure.

Exposure to sunlight for patients with MS IS NOT A WISE WAY TO GET YOUR VITAMIN D. If you are sure you can tolerate exposing to the sun don’t expose yourself more than 20 minutes be SURE the temperature is not very high and it’s early in the morning. Recent studies have also shown that after Vitamin D is synthesised in your skin it takes up to 48 hours to enter the bloodstream. This means that washing all over your body with soap will destroy your vitamin D after sun exposure.

Not many people are not going to bathe for two full day, however  you really only need to use soap  underneath your arms and your groin area, so this is not a major hygiene issue. You’ll just want to avoid soaping up the larger areas of your body that were exposed to the sun.

3. Use ONLY NATURAL SUNSCREENS with non toxic ingredients. Don’t forget that the main protection is not in the skin but INSIDE THE BODY. For example before you expose yourself to sunlight have 2 grams of Vitamin C. This is a very good antioxidant way to stay protected.

4. Flue: Vitamin D levels in your blood fall to their lowest point during flu seasons. If you have low vitamin D, you will not be protected by your body’s own antibiotics (antimicrobial peptides), which are released by vitamin D. This means that a person with a low vitamin D level is more vulnerable to contracting colds, influenza, and other respiratory infections.

Unfortunately, conventional medicine’s answer to preventing the flu is the flu shot. What they don’t tell you is that flu shots don’t work.

A recent study published in the October issue of the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine found that vaccinating young children against the flu appeared to have no impact on flu-related hospitalizations or doctor visits during two recent flu seasons. And no studies have conclusively proven that flu shots prevent flu-related deaths among the elderly, yet this is one of the key groups to which they’re pushed

5. Don’t forget that recent studies show a strong correlation between Vitamin D and MS. It is essential for maintaining normal calcium and phosphorus metabolism. By promoting calcium absorption, vitamin D helps to form and maintain strong bones. Vitamin D also works in concert with a number of other vitamins, minerals, and hormones to promote bone mineralization.

Some of the info aquired from Dr Mercola’s website

When supplementing with calcium, magnesium supplements should be taken as well.

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A new Vanderbilt University study in the US underlines just how important the calcium/magnesium combo is.

The Vanderbilt team reviewed dietary data collected during the Calcium Polyp Prevention Study. For four years, 930 subjects with colorectal polyps took a 1,000 mg calcium supplement daily or a placebo. Colonoscopy exams showed that subjects in the calcium group generally had fewer polyps compared to the placebo group. Calcium also significantly lowered the risk of advanced polyps.

Scrutinizing the dietary data along with the original results, researchers found that calcium reduced the risk of colorectal polyp recurrence only when the ratio of calcium to magnesium intake was low, before and during treatment.

Even though the best calcium- to-magnesium ratio is said to be 2:1, everyone is unique: “Biochemical individuality means it could vary quite a bit for different people. This one’s not black and white, to me.”
“Dr. Spreen “

Add to that, most of us would be hard pressed to figure out our exact intake of any individual nutrient on a daily basis. And figuring out actual absorption of nutrients would be even harder.

Facts taken from the HSI Newsletter

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