Helps leg twitches (RLS), borderline thyroid
Posted on May 23, 2011
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I have been taking a relatively small amount (400 mg daily). I recently upped the dose because of leg twitches, jerks, and fasciculations, which made for sleepless nights. In addition, I have increased foods containing calcium -- cheeses, Greek yogurt. The increased dose is 700 mg.
In researching magnesium, I found that it can be helpful for borderline low thyroid -- inability to lose weight, lack of pep, etc. -- that doesn't reach the TSH of 3.1 or higher, for doctors to prescribe thyroid supplements. Since my daughter and I share a rare thyroid anomaly -- just a single lobe -- and we both have TSH's shading just below 3.0, I am ordering this product for her, as well.
Web research on magnesium indicates its importance and value in a number of "shall I go to the doctor with this, or not?" conditions.
The usual calcium/magnesium ratio is 2/1 (1,000 mg calcium to 500 mg magnesium). At 1,500 mg calcium RDA, you would want to supplement with 700 mg of magnesium, or have a dietary source of magnesium that you eat frequently. Also be sure that your diet includes potassium (bananas, V-8 juice).
I was able to sleep through the night (and then some) immediately (with the help of 400 mg ibuprofen + extra strength Tylenol). Night-time leg twitching is much reduced. Time will tell on the possible thyroid/energy benefits.
Note: I also take Total Mins Iron-Free, 2/day, which supplies 1,000 mg calcium and 500 mg magnesium.
Do *you* need more magnesium? Suggestion: google a symptom + magnesium to see whether the symptom picture improves with added magnesium.