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...as well as abdominal cramping and bloating. I take Whole Foods brand Cal-Mag at night. It contains 1000mg of calcium (100% of the RDV) and 500mg of magnesium (125% of the RDV). The past few nights I've skipped it, and now feel fine.

I don't want to stop taking calcium, and have read that magnesium is required for optimal calcium absorption (I have also read the exact opposite - that they should never been taken together...I don't know what to believe...).

I don't want to end up with a magnesium deficiency, which I know can affect mood.

Thoughts from any vitamin experts? Suggestions for a new supp. to try?

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Too much magnesium will give you diarrhea, cramping, and bloating that you describe. Magnesium is a natural laxative. If you have ever heard of milk of magnesia it is a laxative which main ingredient is magnesium. If you are having these symptoms, I would definitely cut back or switch to a lower dosage because it sounds like you are getting too much magnesium. Have you heard of Peter Gillham's natural vitality magnesium supplement. I use Natural calm, and it is great. It is in powder form so you can adjust the amount you need. I like the raspberry lemon flavor. on the bottle, it says it is a natural anti-stress drink that balances your calcium intake and restores healthy magnesium levels. I found it at a local vitamin shop.
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Too much magnesium will give you diarrhea, cramping, and bloating that you describe. Magnesium is a natural laxative. If you have ever heard of milk of magnesia it is a laxative which main ingredient is magnesium. If you are having these symptoms, I would definitely cut back or switch to a lower dosage because it sounds like you are getting too much magnesium. Have you heard of Peter Gillham's natural vitality magnesium supplement. I use Natural calm, and it is great. It is in powder form so you can adjust the amount you need. I like the raspberry lemon flavor. on the bottle, it says it is a natural anti-stress drink that balances your calcium intake and restores healthy magnesium levels. I found it at a local vitamin shop.
Thanks - I will check it out!

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I agree. Magnesium cirate is less likely to cause loose stools than other forms.
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You could also try doing a calcium-only supplement and take Epsom salt baths. I think you absorb only what magnesium you "need" from an Epsom salt bath. You can also put less salt in the bath.

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