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Magnesium Carbonate: Beware of These Risks and Problems

By    |   Thursday, 26 May 2016 04:17 PM

Magnesium carbonate can be a useful supplement for some people. As with any medication, it is important to weigh the potential benefits against any known risks and side effects.

Magnesium plays a key role in regulating bowel function, formation of strong bones and teeth, regulation of blood sugar, the action of the heart muscle, and the relaxation of blood vessels.

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Dr. Joseph Mercola, a well-known osteopathic physician and best-selling author, says an estimated 80 percent of Americans are deficient in magnesium, an important mineral for the body. He adds that most people can get enough magnesium without taking supplements through a varied diet with plenty of green leafy vegetables.

If a supplement is needed, magnesium is combined with another substance; there is no such thing as a pure magnesium supplement.

Magnesium carbonate is a popular combination that contains about 45 percent magnesium and has powerful antacid properties.

According to Livestrong, consuming magnesium carbonate in the small amounts found in foods won’t likely cause any side effects, but taking a supplement can cause nausea, diarrhea, and flatulence.

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You should never consume more than 350 milligrams per day of magnesium carbonate. Magnesium toxicity can occur if more is taken, and while rare, this condition can cause the muscles of the intestines to become paralyzed, resulting in blockages in the digestive system. Magnesium toxicity can also increase the risk of heart attacks, vomiting, irregular heartbeat, and dangerously low blood pressure.

WebMD explains magnesium carbonate supplements should always be taken with food to minimize the risk of side effects. The tablet should be swallowed whole and with a full glass of water. Breaking the tablet or chewing it can release all of the magnesium carbonate at one time, increasing the risk of side effects.

As with any drug, you should discuss magnesium carbonate supplements with your physician before taking them.

The supplements can interfere with other drugs used to treat heartburn and acid reflux like proton-pump inhibitors, says Livestrong. Magnesium carbonate can also have interactions with diuretics, antibiotics, and drugs used to treat osteoporosis.

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