Why people w/FM need more calcium, magnesium

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by mbofov, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. mbofov

    mbofov Active Member

    Many people say that magnesium or magnesium malate (magnesium with malic acid) helps with pain - here's proof you may need more magnesium (and calcium and iron and manganese).

    And if you have trouble sleeping, magensium and calcium are crucial for proper sleep as well, also helps your nerves - they are natural tranquilizers.

    Women with fibromyalgia have lower levels of calcium, magnesium, iron and manganese in hair mineral analysis – Source Journal of Korean Medical Science, Oct 2011
    by K Young-Sam, et al.
    October 28, 2011

    [Note: Even if blood test results are “normal,” levels of these crucial minerals can actually be abnormally low in the muscles and other cells, as the hair analysis may indicate. To read the free full text of this article, which explains how each of these minerals may relate to FM symptoms, go to http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3192333/?tool=pubmed]

    Little is known about hair mineral status in fibromyalgia patients. This study evaluated the characteristics of hair minerals in female patients with fibromyalgia compared with a healthy reference group.

    Forty-four female patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia according to the American College of Rheumatology criteria were enrolled as the case group. Age and body mass index-matched data were obtained from 122 control subjects enrolled during visit for a regular health check-up.

    Hair minerals were analyzed and compared between the two groups. The mean age was 43.7 yr. General characteristics were not different between the two groups.

    Fibromyalgia patients showed a significantly lower level of calcium (775 micrograms/g vs 1,093 mcg/g), magnesium (52 mcg/g vs 72 mcg/g), iron (5.9 mcg/g vs 7.1 mcg/g), copper (28.3 mcg/g vs 40.2 mcg/g) and manganese (140 mcg/g vs 190 mcg/g).

    Calcium, magnesium, iron, and manganese were loaded in the same factor using factor analysis; the mean of this factor was significantly lower in fibromyalgia group in multivariate analysis with adjustment for potential confounders.

    In conclusion, the concentrations of calcium, magnesium, iron, and manganese in the hair of female patients with fibromyalgia are lower than of controls, even after adjustment of potential confounders.

    Source: Journal of Korean Medical Science, Oct 2011; 26(10): 1253–1257. ID: 22022174, by Kim YS, Kim KM, Lee DJ, Kim BT, Park SB, Cho DY, Suh CH, Kim HA, Park RW, Joo NS. Department of Family Practice and Community Health, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea. [Email jchcmc@hanmail.net]
  2. luigi21

    luigi21 Member

    Tests say fibro sufferers show a reduction in them. but they still dont know if it has any correlation to the illness itself. magnesium is suppose to help muscle spasm, but that said people who take the supplement are not cured from fibro, so its horses for courses really, see if doctor says you can take the supplement and see if it helps