Patients’ Own Magnesium Malate
Magnesium is essential for over 300 biochemical reactions in the human body. Chief amongst its functions, it helps to support a healthy immune system, encourages a steady heartbeat, helps to maintain normal nerve and muscle function and also keeps bones strong and healthy.
There are, however, several different forms of magnesium supplements available to buy, varying in overall quality and price. Many cheaper magnesium supplements contain magnesium oxide due to its low cost, but it also has extremely poor absorbability and can cause diarrhoea. This is why it is often used as a laxative.
The Patients’ Own magnesium malate supplement uses high quality magnesium malate, made from a combination of magnesium and malic acid. This makes the magnesium highly absorbable whilst including the energy-generating qualities of malic acid. These properties make our magnesium malate supplement ideal for patients of both Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.
A magnesium deficiency can cause symptoms similar to those which Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia patients experience. Multiple trials have shown an improvement in symptoms following magnesium supplementation.
Malic acid aids the correct functioning of the Krebs Cycle, which is where much of the cells’ energy is generated. A malic acid deficiency prevents the Krebs Cycle functioning properly, which can therefore lead to fatigue.
The following Chronic Fatigue Syndrome specialists recommend taking magnesium supplements for ME/CFS: Dr Lapp, The University of Maryland Medical Center, Dr Cheney, Dr Teitelbaum, Dr Podell, Dr Pall, Dr Downing-Orr and Dr Myhill.
Using magnesium to treat CFS and Fibromyalgia
Magnesium levels are lower in Fibro patients and supplementation reduces symptoms
A 1995 study published in the Journal of Rheumatology studied the effect of magnesium and malic acid on 24 Fibromyalgia patients’ symptoms. They found that a daily intake of up to 600 mg magnesium and 2400 mg malic acid led to significant reductions in pain and tenderness.
In 2008, a Turkish team of scientists examined the link between magnesium levels and clinical findings such as number of sensitive tender points, severity of fatigue and functional status in patients with Fibromyalgia. They discovered that magnesium levels were significantly lower in patients than in the control group and that there was a link between the magnesium level in the blood and fatigue. The lower the level of magnesium, the greater the fatigue.
A recent paper studied the relationship between magnesium levels and Fibromyalgia symptoms and determined the effect of magnesium citrate treatment on these symptoms. Sixty women diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and 20 healthy women were evaluated. The serum and erythrocyte magnesium levels were significantly lower in patients with Fibromyalgia than in the controls. Also, the lower the magnesium levels, the worse the symptoms. The physical and mental symptoms decreased significantly with the magnesium treatment.
Engen et al. 2015 examined whether (transdermal) magnesium supplementation improved the quality of life for 40 women with Fibromyalgia. The patients administered the magnesium twice a day for four weeks. The patients reported significant improvement at week 2 and week 4.
CFS patients have low magnesium levels and benefit from supplementation
Cox et al. 1991 discovered that 20 patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome had lower red cell magnesium concentrations than 20 healthy control subjects matched for age, sex, and social class. In the clinical trial, 32 patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome were randomly allocated either intramuscular magnesium every week for 6 weeks or placebo. Patients treated with magnesium claimed to have improved energy levels, better emotional state, and less pain. 12 of the 15 treated patients said that they had benefited from treatment, and in 7 patients energy score improved from the maximum to the minimum. By contrast, 3 of the 17 patients on placebo said that they felt better, and 1 patient had a better energy score. Red cell magnesium returned to normal in all patients on magnesium but in only 1 patient on placebo. They conclude that magnesium may have a role in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.