One of the supporting nutrients of the iodine protocol is magnesium. If we’re new to all of these nutrients, this can seem overwhelming, but magnesium is a rather common nutrient that doesn’t have many negative issues associated with it as long as we don’t take too much. There is a ton of info about magnesium around the net, so this one is one of the easier nutrients to research for the protocol Imo.
Headaches, migraines, restless leg, numbness, tingling? Magnesium
Injure easily, feel weak, break bones easily? Magnesium
High blood pressure, abnormal heartbeat, insomnia, blood sugar issues? Magnesium
Anxiety, depression, seizures, fibro, constipation, mood swings? Magnesium
Muscle cramps? Magnesium and Potassium
A lot of stuff depends on Magnesium
Magnesium activates over 300 enzyme reactions. It’s crucial for nerves, muscles, blood, cells and bones, it’s almost like we need this stuff. Without it, our body can’t ‘glue’ things in the right spots and those things end up deposited elsewhere, leaving the areas they should have been glued, weak or unable to function properly.
Boron helps keep Magnesium and Calcium moving in the right direction. Some people’s joints stiffen as things are deposited in the wrong spot, boron usually helps this. ( Rheumatoid Arthritis is most likely from a type of ring worm parasite infection [we all have parasites, shhh]) Vitamin K2 and D3 can have a bit to do with this as well. It really just gets into the fact that our body needs a ton of nutrients to get everything working again.
Magnesium can get a little complex
There are about 11 types of commonly supplemented magnesium, some better than others, some more cost effective than others. Some people only use one form of magnesium, some use several, some use all of them. I started with Malate and slowly branched out trying more and more. I eventually tried some magnesium hydroxide and felt so much energy when I took one, that realized I need to get in the habit of trying small amounts of all types of magnesium. If I were still confused about which magnesium to take, I would probably just stick with malate like I did when I started, or use something like Magnesium Breakthrough which has 7 common forms.
Several memes, pages and people around the net claim that various forms of magnesium are not good, or not as good as others. This may be true to some degree, but it has a lot to do with how our body is setup, so it may be a lot different for each of us. My personal view is to get as many different forms as I can as I am re-balancing my body. Then once I know my magnesium levels have been replenished a good bit, I’ll work on refining with the ‘proper’ forms of magnesium. But if I can take various forms, and feel energy that I didn’t notice with a form I’ve taken for months, I’m not going to avoid that form, I’m just not going to take it long term.
What about Magnesium and Iodine?
Dr. Brownstein’s Protocol suggests we should get about 200-400mg per day of magnesium while taking iodine. While he worked with his patients and increased their iodine, he saw an increased need for magnesium. I have a feeling this is due to iodine allowing more biological processes to be carried out, which each depend on and use magnesium, and also because iodine may allow us to kill off old defunct cells, so they can be replaced, which all takes a ton of magnesium. Magnesium is part of everything mentioned above because it’s such an integral part of our body’s construction system.
I did not notice any benefits from magnesium malate when I started taking it. But after several months of small amounts of iodine, and the supporting nutrients, I took magnesium for the first time in a while and felt a rush of energy. Then over time, as I tried other forms over time, I would notice the same thing from several of those.
The common nutrients recommended with iodine are doses that consider taking 50mg of iodine. But since most of us are at very low amounts of iodine and slowly working up, 200mg-400mg of magnesium might be more than we need for a while. So what I do now, is take breaks from supplements and pay attention when I restart them. If I don’t feel any benefits when I restart them, and I don’t feel and negatives when I go with out them for a few days, I probably don’t need them. So I take less and less of them while still trying them every once in a while to see if they have started working with my body.
If all of this is a bit confusing, add some kelp or sea snacks to your diet while continuing to study. Sea veggies contain small amounts of iodine and tons of other nutrients, including magnesium. This way we can introduce these things to our body slowly while continuing to learn. The added bonus here is if we are missing any of these nutrients, getting some from kelp may help this whole iodine learning experience a little easier. My ability to focus and learn is completely different now that I have finally replenished some iodine and balanced some other nutrients. After several years of various doses of Lugols liquid iodine, I switched to kelp for a few months and felt some improvements. After some minor research, I went with the Nature’s Way brand kelp https://amzn.to/3i1pMkE
How I handle Magnesium
I started with malate that had small amounts of a few B vitamins. I didn’t feel anything from it at first, til I got some iodine and the rest of the nutrients of the protocol. Here is a link to Magnesium Malate
Then I tried Magnesium Oxide
Then I tried this combo of Magnesium Oxide, Citrate and Aspertate
Then I tried Magnesium Gylcinate
Then I tried some L-Threonate which is good for the brain
Then I tried and really liked Magnesium Hydroxide
Then I started using Chelated Magnesium which is now my base form I use regularly
I also add a pinch of Magnesium Sulfate to water sometimes, which is epsom salt.
I have been using several forms of magnesium over the past few years, and a few of them are finally running low. I was not looking forward to re-ordering because it’s several bottles and they are $20-50 each.
This bottle has 7 forms, which includes a few of the forms I was about to replace. I’m going to try a bottle of it, and if it works out, use their deal on several bottles, which makes ordering magnesium for my wife and myself cost much less.
I would have to assume starting with small amounts of this vs a single form of magnesium, would be much more efficient at getting our body running again.