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Side Effects of Chelated Magnesium

Updated April 17, 2017

According to lifehealthtoday.com, chelated magnesium can result in positive side effects when taken to prevent or correct a magnesium deficiency in your body; but as with almost any drug, vitamin, supplement, or mineral, chelated magnesium can also cause negative side effects.

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How Chelated Magnesium Works

According to enzymestuff.com, there are two types of chelated magnesium: soluble and insoluble. Insoluble magnesium does not get absorbed in the body very well whereas soluble magnesium does. The upside of taking chelated magnesium is that it is soluble; therefore, the body can absorb chelated magnesium quickly and put it to work supporting a solid immune system and maintaining a healthy magnesium level. Nutrasanus.com suggests that adults can take up to 400 milligrams of chelated magnesium each day, depending on gender and size.

Positive Side Effects

According to drugs.com, magnesium is a naturally-occurring amino acid. Webmd.com says positive side effects can include an improvement in a magnesium-deficient bloodstream and the normal functioning of your bones, muscles, and heart. Some patients take magnesium to help calm their nervous systems and allow them to sleep more soundly. Buy-vitamins-minerals.com suggests chelated magnesium can also be effective in calcium and potassium absorption, reducing high blood pressure, maintaining low blood pressure, and decreasing your risk of a heart attack.

Negative Side Effects

Chelated magnesium can cause adverse side effects, especially when taken in conjunction with other medicine. According to seacoastvitamins.com, medicines such as Ciprofloxacin, Doxycycline, Tetracycline, and Warfarin have the potential to interact poorly with chelated magnesium. Although it is not impossible to take magnesium with these drugs, you should discuss it with your doctor as opposed to experimenting with mixed doses. Some side effects of chelated magnesium can be serious. Drugs.com lists swelling of lips, tongue, or face, hives, or any other allergic reaction as being potentially harmful; if you experience these side effects, discontinue use immediately. Drugs.com says you also might experience lesser side effects, such as interrupted gastrointestinal function or diarrhoea. If you experience these side effects, ask your doctor for help; chances are you will still be able to take chelated magnesium, but your doctor might recommend a different dosage. Webmd.com warns that taking chelated magnesium could worsen low magnesium symptoms, such as muscle cramps, fatigue, and depression. If you experience these side effects, see a doctor for help. Ask your doctor before taking chelated magnesium or any other supplements if you are pregnant or nursing, as the effects of chelated magnesium on unborn babies or nursing babies has yet to be determined.

Overdosage As a Side Effect

Online-health-care.com suggests that an overdose of chelated magnesium can have the same impact as a side effect. In most cases you will experience the lesser symptoms of overdosing, such as diarrhoea and upset stomach. In some cases, when a sensitive stomach is upset by an overdose of chelated magnesium, you might experience vomiting. Online-health-care.com recommends staying within the dosage limit of 350-400 milligrams for adult males and 280 to 300 milligrams for adult females. Drugs.com warns that serious overdosing side effects can include low blood pressure, a slowed heartbeat, severe nausea, or even death. If you stay within the recommend dosage boundaries, you should not experience any of these severe complications.

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About the Author

Rochelle Connery is a professional freelance author and has been writing skin care, travel, music and technology how-to articles since 2006. She has played piano for over 15 years, is a professional songwriter and holds her B.A. in communications from Louisiana Baptist University.

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