Magnesium citrate is a mineral that helps over 300 metabolic reactions in the body. Magnesium Citrate helps bones to grow and develop. The mineral also helps to maintain the muscles, the nervous system and the immune system.
It helps to control blood pressure, promotes heart health, and is a very good laxative. The mineral is used in the treatment of constipation.
While most people do not have a deficient amount of magnesium citrate, some do. Signs of its deficiency in someone would be indicated by nervousness, sugar and sweet cravings, and constipation. One might also be seen to have migraines, high blood pressure or hypertension, high LDL cholesterol levels, lack of concentration, irritability, angina pain, congestive heart failure, and strokes have also been attributed to deficiency in magnesium citrate.
Those who most often experience these deficiencies are the elderly, diabetics, women who are menstruating, oral contraceptive users, and people who take diuretics (water pills). The important thing is if any of the above conditions are observed in someone, they should be checked out to rule out any other more serious causes.
Side effects that can be experienced when taking magnesium citrate include stomach pain, nausea, gas, and/or diarrhea. There are more serious side effects that will require immediate medical treatment if one experiences them. These include muscle weakness, a decrease or absence of bowel movements, blood in the stool, or mood changes, or evendizziness.
Over use of this supplement could also cause some serious problems. They are persistent diarrhea, dehydration, body mineral problems, and it may interfere with other medications including over the counter medicine. Overuse of magnesium citrate, or any laxative effective drug, could cause dependency and damage to the bowels.
You should consult with a doctor before using a laxative if you have allergies, stomach or intestinal problems, nausea or vomiting, blood in your stool or kidney disease. It should not be used in children under the age of two years because they are more prone to dehydration and they could become seriously worse. Do not use this when pregnant unless it is absolutely necessary and you have your physicians approval.
If you are in doubt as whether magnesium citrate is for you, consult with your doctor. Be sure to tell him/her of any medications including over the counter, that you may be taking. Your doctor should also be informed of any medical conditions that might be worsened with its use and/or allergies.