How Long Should I Take Magnesium Before Vitamin D?

Hello. I greatly appreciate all the useful information you have provided on this site!

I started Vitamin C supplementation about six weeks ago with great results. I am interested in starting a similar Vitamin D regimen, but I read about the importance of raising magnesium levels first to reduce any possible side effects.

My question is, generally speaking, how long should I focus on magnesium supplementation before starting the optimal Vitamin D intake dosage? I will be primarily using the transdermal magnesium, as my stomach does not tolerate the oral supplements very well.

Thank you for your help!

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Mar 08, 2012
Never said to raise levels
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Actually, I never said that you had to 'raise your magnesium levels' because that's not necessary for everyone. What I did say was that you needed to be replete in magnesium before starting vitamin d supplementation.

In other words, there is no need for those who are replete in magnesium to take supplements at all. HOWEVER, the vast majority of people in the US are deficient in magnesium.

So, unfortunately, I can't answer your question about whether you 'should' take magnesium supplements at all, let alone how long you would take them if you decide to. What I CAN do is send you to my magnesium pages, such as the ones on:

Signs of Magnesium Deficiency


Magnesium Dosage

where you can decide whether or how much magnesium to take, if you decide to take any at all. If you are NOT replete in magnesium, and/or your tissue stores of magnesium are depleted, as evidenced by having deficiency symptoms, it could take up to 2 months of intensive dosing in order to fully restore your tissue stores of magnesium.

Kerri Knox, RN

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