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Calcium, Magnesium with D

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I suffer from a condition called neurological “tics.” These are minor muscle twitches that can barely be seen by others, but they can be very irritating, especially when they flare-up at night. The best I can explain, it feels like someone is pinching me. You should be able to image how difficult it would be to sleep with someone pinching you all night long. At one time I took three different prescription drugs to control these tics. But they never fully kept them under control, so I did some research on my own.

I found that such tics can often be the result of low calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), and/ or potassium (K) levels. Magnesium in particular is usually the problem. As a result, I tried experimenting with different Ca, Mg, and K products. I initially found that Twinlab's Calcium Citrate Caps worked better than any other products I tried. As a result, I took it for several years with good success.

However, after taking the Twinlab product for several years, it seemed to stop working. I’m not sure why that was. Maybe I became sensitive to something in it. But I began experimenting once again. I eventually switched to Ethical Nutrients’ Bone Builder. That also seemed to work rather well.

However, at some point it began to make me drowsy. This would not have been a problem if I only took it at night, but to keep my tics under control I needed to take a product throughout the day. Thus once again I began experimenting with different products. What I settled on was Country Life’s Calcium. Magnesium with D. It contains per capsule 250 mg Calcium, 125 mg Magnesium, and 100 IU of vitamin D.

The addition of vitamin D is nice. I get 700 IUs in my multi (CVS’s Daily Multiple Tablets For Men). But much research is now showing that the DV of 400 IUs is too low. More like 1000 IUs is now being recommended by many authorities. I take two of the Calcium, Magnesium with Ds a day, so that gets me close to the 1000 IUs.

In any case, along with this product, I was taking Country Life’s Magnesium Potassium Aspartate. Between these two products and the calcium and magnesium in the Daily Multiple Tablets For Men, I wass taking a total of 710 mg of calcium and 670 mg of magnesium. With taking that amount, my tics were under control again.

June 2010 Update

Recently I discovered that this product was not necessary. I get more than enough calcium and magnesium from my diet and the small amount of them in my multi, so additional supplemental Ca and Mg are not necessary. As long as I carefully follow my diet, my tics do not flare up. Keeping negative emotions in check also help. I am now walking outside regularly, so I am getting vitamin D in the most natural way possible, from sunshine. I also get vitamin D from the fish and/ or eggs I eat on most days. That along with the 700 IUs in my multi, give me more than enough vitamin D.

June 2017 Update

I just want to reiterate what is said in the above update. My tics stay under control as long as I pay meticulous attention to my diet (and keep my emotions in check). The diet that I follow is detailed in my books God-given Foods Eating Plan and Creationist Diet. But if you feel you need supplemental calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D, this product is as good as any.

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Country Life Calcium. Magnesium with D - Supplement Descriptions. Copyright 2010, 2014, 2017 by Gary F. Zeolla.

The above article was posted on this site December 4, 2010.
The Updates were added as noted.

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