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    Question How do you get enough magnesium from food?

    I have three helpings of greens a day, plenty of meat and fish... and I'm starting to get occasional little cramps in my calf muscles when I wake up in the morning. Looking at nutritiondata.com, I'm not surprised: 1 mackerel fillet, 21% of daily requirement of magnesium. 1 cup raw spinach, 6%. 1 slice beef liver, 4%, 1tbsp almond butter 12%... and so on. Getting to 100% isn't easy.

    How to get enough without supplements? Is there a magic food I'm missing, or something that increases absorption so you need less magnesium in the diet?

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    Almonds and avocados.

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    I can eat those . Don't want to go mad on the almonds, though, because of the omega 6 and general ease of stuffing myself on too many calories.

    I suppose in my normal day's food I'd get lots of little contributions that might just about add up to enough... except that judging from the incipient cramping, it doesn't. Let me rephrase the question - what can I sensibly eat more of?

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    I thought avocados were higher in potassium; I've recently started using lots of tomato puree, but that's for potassium.

    Pumpkin seeds have lots of magnesium I believe.

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    Grok would have gotten a decent portion of his magnesium from his drinking water and from what I have read it is more bioavailable than that found in food sources. Also, in the absence of mineral inhibitors (grains, etc) I don't think our requirements are as high as the general population. I live in a hard water area so simply drinking 2 liters of tap water a day provides a healthy portion of my calcium and magnesium. Some European sourced mineral waters provide over 100% of the daily calcium requirement and 82% of magnesium per 2 liters. Interesting study here:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1495189/
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    I eat avocados and almonds every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilary View Post
    I have three helpings of greens a day, plenty of meat and fish... and I'm starting to get occasional little cramps in my calf muscles when I wake up in the morning. Looking at nutritiondata.com, I'm not surprised: 1 mackerel fillet, 21% of daily requirement of magnesium. 1 cup raw spinach, 6%. 1 slice beef liver, 4%, 1tbsp almond butter 12%... and so on. Getting to 100% isn't easy.

    How to get enough without supplements? Is there a magic food I'm missing, or something that increases absorption so you need less magnesium in the diet?
    More fish. No dairy. A looooot more potassium. (ETA: organ meats don't appear to be a great source)

    from nutritiondata.self.com
    100g (approx 3.5 oz)
    Mollusks, snail, raw Magnesium: 250mg
    Mollusks, conch, baked or broiled Magnesium: 238mg
    Candies, chocolate, dark, 70-85% cacao solids Magnesium: 228mg

    To simplify (or oversimplify - lol). Calcium(Ca) and sodium(Na) are contractors. Magnesium(Mg) and potassium (K) are relaxers. So consider those ratios when assessing. When the ratios are out of whack with too much sodium (common) and too much calcium (common) we can have symptoms of Mg or K deficiency/insufficiency even when there is not a frank deficiency. I'd venture a guess that stabby and maybe a handful of folks here are getting appropriate kcal:na:k ratios - see my docs below for a very rough outline of some basic kcal:na:K information. Krispin.com/potassium also has some good information.

    Fish and organ meats are the best options for more magnesium and whomever mentioned water was correct. At one point, mineral rich water was an important source of magnesium - and still is in some places.

    Based on syptoms, I take 375-1000 mg (usually toward the lower end) of Jigsaw Health's Magnesium dimalate (time released formulations) as it's the only one i can tolerate *at the doses I need* without intestinal symptoms. I can't take even minute amounts of mg citrate - even 100 mg will trigger water-like stools for me. Some here use topical mg oil (mag chloride in distilled water) which is cheap, easy and is a great workaround for those who have problems with the oral route. I've yet to run across anyone who has problems with Jigsaw's magnesium though I'm sure eventually I will

    Here here are my bookmarked links for magnesium most of them are from this forum, a few are from other sources. It's worth taking the time to read.

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    I can eat those . Don't want to go mad on the almonds, though, because of the omega 6 and general ease of stuffing myself on too many calories.
    +1 While nuts can make a good mg donation, eating more of them isn't the answer.

    Quote Originally Posted by JEL62 View Post
    Grok would have gotten a decent portion of his magnesium from his drinking water, which from what I have read is also more bioavailable than that found in food sources. Also remember that in the absence of mineral inhibitors (grains, etc) our requirements are not as high as the general population.
    Muscle cramps are *such* a huge problem with folks here that it seems to be almost a given that the majority will need Mg supplements. One of the docs here, a neurologist (jturk?) had some interesting theories. Those posts might be bookmarked in my Mg info. While I've often had a problem with muscle tension that has been relieved by supplemental magnesium, never in my life had I had experienced a muscle cramp until going 'primal'. I started supp'ing mg again at around 500 mg per day in divided doses. In either August or September it was still so bad that I was waking up many times per night on the verge of a muscle cramp. (I wake before it happens...just as it's beginning and I can still stop it). I had to up my supplementation to 1000mg for 3 days to get it to stop, it did and now I'm back down to 3-5 125 mg tabs of mg dimalate.

    Hope this is helpful.

    Katherine
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    Brilliant links, thank you; I will read. I hadn't found that nutrient search at nutritiondata - it'll save loads of time.

    Why 'no dairy'? Is the idea that you reduce calcium and hence the need for magnesium?

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    Katherine,

    I've been getting muscle cramps too. I don't eat red meat or pork, so my protein comes from chicken, turkey, and fish. I do eat some Greek yogurt and cheese. Almonds and other nuts and seeds are an every day thing (plus tons of veggies of course). My 20% is red wine and dark chocolate.

    If you don't mind, can you give me an idea of how many of the supplements I listed below I should be taking? I just got them. Also, when? I already take a multi that has vit D 1000 IU (doesn't say it's D3 though), magnesium 50 mg, zinc 15mg, and no potassium unfortunately. I also take fish oil supps.

    potassium (99mg each)
    magnesium (400mg each)
    zinc (50mg each)
    vitamin D3 (1000 IU each)

    Thank you in advance! You seem to be a wealth of information and I greatly appreciate your help!

    --Nuna

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