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Problems about side effects of magnesium oxide - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am a 70 yr old woman with chronic fibromyalgia. My doctor advises magnesium supplement. I need to know which of the following is better in terms of absorb-ability, usefulness, etc;
Magnesium Oxide
Magnesium Citrate
Magnesiumglyconate chelate.
I have all three but need to know about the various efficacy, etc.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello.
Doctor :   give me a min please
Doctor :   i will provide you with the information
Doctor :   do you any abdominal problem ?
Doctor :   have**
User :   I have a short gut due to a massive infection severeal years ago. I take codein sulphate to reduce motility as I have about 6 ft left. this presents no great problem as I have been dealing with it for solong.
Doctor :   ok then we rule out magnesium oxide because of its strong laxative effect
Doctor :   Magnesium citrate boasts a much higher bioavailability rate, perhaps as much as 50% of the elemental magnesium.
User :   what about the chelated?
Doctor :   Magnesium glyconate is the most effect magnesium and most abosorbed by the body. Magnesium Oxide has the lowest absorption and utilization rate by the body, and thus in high amounts relieves constipation. Magnesium glyconate is best absorbed and utilized by the body. This is because the cells will take in the malic acid to use for energy production in the mitochondria and simultaneously draw magnesium into the mitochondria where it is most needed. Magnesium Citrate also has a high absorption rating. but not as effective
Doctor :   so yes the BEST option for you is magnesium glyconate chelate
User :   one last question...what is Malic acid?
Doctor :   Malic acid is formed in metabolic cycles in the cells of plants and animals, including humans.
Doctor :   Malic acid is the principal acid contained in apples and many other fruits and vegetables.
User :   also, is magnesium glyconate chelate OTC or script?
Doctor :   it is OTC
User :   I have recently taken my 90 yr old mother-in-laws advice of using honey and cider vinegar evertday. beneficial? old wives tale? Maine VooDoo?
Doctor :   no harm in it
Doctor :   completely safe and beneficial
User :   Thank you very much for your advice and assistance. I know feel that I can discuss my condition with my physician and be on somewhat even footing. Have a pleasant day.
Doctor :   you too
Doctor :   your welcome
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