Recently I’ve been discovering more and more personal benefit with magnesium oil and magnesium citrate supplements.
My husband takes it before bedtime to help reduce stress and to help get restful sleep.
I have some dental patients of that to improve their acid reflux (GERD) and, along with watching their diet, report that they no longer suffer from reflux.
Other benefits are improved bowel function (specifically relief from constipation). You can add magnesium citrate to water and drink it either during the day or at bedtime. You can get it at Sprouts or Whole Foods.
Summarizing the proven effective benefits (from WebMD):
- Constipation. Taking magnesium by mouth is helpful as a laxative for constipation and to prepare the bowel for medical procedures.
- Dyspepsia (heartburn or “sour stomach”). Taking magnesium by mouth as an antacid reduces symptoms of heartburn. Various magnesium compounds can be used, but magnesium hydroxide seems to work the fastest.
- Magnesium deficiency. Taking magnesium is helpful for treating and preventing magnesium deficiency. Magnesium deficiency usually occurs when people have liver disorders, heart failure, vomiting or diarrhea, kidney dysfunction, and other conditions.
- High blood pressure during pregnancy (pre-eclampsia and eclampsia). Administering magnesium intravenously (by IV) or as a shot is considered the treatment of choice for reducing high blood pressure during pregnancy (pre-eclampsia) and for treating eclampsia, which includes the development of seizures. Research suggests that administering magnesium reduces the risk of seizures.