Since some statistics say that 80% of Americans have some magnesium deficiency, most would benefit from a pico-meter or nano-meter magnesium chloride. One would start low and increase the dose until one achieves loose stools. It will bring on more restful sleep (it is best taken at night before bed in higher doses) and low doses during the day, as higher doses will induce drowsiness or knock one out for the sleep of the ages. Your body uses magnesium and cholesterol for repair and restorative processes and the body takes things offline to do repairs.
While taking tests may be something that some would want to do, there are some tests that are more valuable than others, and in the end, it is just cheaper to just use the supplement until one gets results.
Here is what Researcher Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND says on the subject:
I don’t necessarily think a person needs to have their magnesium levels tested before taking magnesium. It’s a very safe mineral that does not build up in the body. If you take “too much” magnesium, you will just get the laxative effect that eliminates the excess. However, if you are on a handful of drugs and ask your doctor if you can take magnesium, they may just say no. Or they will do a standard serum magnesium test, which usually turns up normal.
Serum magnesium is a very inaccurate measurement of magnesium in the body. Magnesium in the blood stream, AKA serum magnesium, measures only 1% of the total body magnesium; the range is 1.8-3.6mg/dL. When serum magnesium drops, mechanisms in the body push the levels up by dragging magnesium out of the bones and muscles. This is done for a very important reason – the heart muscle requires a constant level of magnesium or it will go into spasm – AKA a heart attack!
A somewhat better test is the Magnesium RBC. It may measure 40% of the body’s total magnesium. The range is 4.2-6.8mg/dL. But don’t be fooled into thinking that if your level is 4.2 you have enough magnesium. Someone recently wrote asking my source for the optimum range of magnesium being 6.0-6.5mg/dL. He asked if this tighter range come from research, or did I arrive at it empirically. He also said that his nutritional-metabolic doctors were unaware of using 6 as the floor instead of 4.
Empirically means: Verifiable or provable by means of observation or experiment. Yes, I arrived at this level empirically. Since 80% of the population is deficient in magnesium and since the lab ranges are taken from the general population – I don’t want to be lumped into the deficient 80%, I want my magnesium levels to be in the top 20th percentile, which is 6.0 and above.
In the past year, the Magnesium RBC range has dropped even lower – as the magnesium-deficient population grows!! In some labs the range is now 3.8-6.4. It’s quite devastating for someone who has atrial fibrillation, migraines, insomnia, muscle twitching – all the symptoms of magnesium deficiency to be told that 3.8mg/dl of Magnesium RBC is NORMAL and they are just fine – don’t bother with magnesium, just take these 6 drugs for your symptoms.
Unfortunately for millions of magnesium-deficient victims, Magnesium Therapy is VERY NEW and totally unrecognized. And when magnesium is finally recommended, you are given the wrong forms. Most people cannot get enough magnesium to overcome their deficiency and the magnesium drain from drugs, stress and poor diet. If you do try to take therapeutic amounts of most magnesium products you can get the laxative effect long before your symptoms clear. That’s why I created ReMag, the non-laxative, therapeutic magnesium.
Don’t forget what I said in the first sentence, you don’t necessarily need a magnesium blood test. And, even if your test looks good but you still have magnesium deficiency symptoms, go by how you feel, not the test. For more on ReMag and testing and where to order your own Magnesium RBC test without a doctor’s prescription download my free eBook Invisible Minerals Part I.
Carolyn Dean MD ND