Can Magnesium help IBS?

by Maureen
(New York)

Female, age 56. Diagnosed with IBS 35 years ago. So much is written about taking calcium supplements for this and now they are saying to take the calcium supplement with magnesium.

However, I need to know, since IBS alternates with diarhea and constipation, should I take the magnesium? I don't want to take magnesium if it will make it worse, however, a lot of information says it may actually control it. What advice can you give regarding this?

What benenfits can one expect from magnesium - will it help with the cramping that occassionally happens, or with the constipations that also happens. I know it is not a disease, it is a condition as I was told.

But I am convinced that there is a supplement and/or mineral that our bodies are lacking that will at least make this 'condition' bearable day to day. So far, you have been very helpful, more than any other website. Hoping you can shed some light on other minerals to take.

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Magnesium Can help, but...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Maureen,

Magnesium CAN help, but it is a balancing act. I'm NOT going to go into all of the benefits, etc. That is all on my site and in the end, you'll just have to try magnesium and see for yourself if it helps you.

Please see my page on Magnesium Dosage, start with a low dosage of a 'no diarrhea' formulation such as Jigsaw Health's Extended Release Magnesium Malate and work your way up to higher and higher dosages until you figure out if it helps you or doesn't help you.

Jigsaw Health Magnesium Is for Movement Video

But with IBS, magnesium is NOT the first thing that comes to mind. What would be the very first and strictest thing that I would recommend that you do is to get on a paleolithic type diet that is gluten, dairy, soy and corn free as well as eliminating 100% of processed foods, sugar, etc.

That is the very first thing that I would recommend and it's almost 100% certain that you have Gluten Sensitivity. There is just no way around that for someone with IBS. If you want to improve your IBS symptoms and actually get well, then being on a lifelong gluten free diet is a must...

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

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Calcium and magnesium
by: Yvonne

I take one calcium and magnesium from holland and Barrett for oasteprosis when I stop taking this my IBS is really bad so I know it helps me

transdermal magnesium
by: Bridget

I had IBS-like problems for years. Recently I tried transdermal magnesium like magnesium oil spray and Epsom Salt. I haven't felt so good in a long time. I can't take oral magnesium but the transdermal is far better anyway. It is available in all pharmacies and/or health food shops and it is very cheap. I feel nearly normal after 4 weeks of using it.

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