Why does magnesium hurt your stomach?

Why does magnesium hurt your stomach

Our magnesium reserves are low. However, this mineral is essential for the proper functioning of the body. This is why a magnesium cure can be useful. Only downside, it sometimes causes stomach aches.

Magnesium plays an essential role in the body. In particular, he participates in normal functioning of the nervous system and musclespromotes bone growth, reduction of fatigue and stress. Magnesium deficiency is mainly manifested by persistent fatigue, loss of appetite, tremors, muscle cramps, cardiac arrhythmia or even nausea and vomiting. It can be alleviated by food (oilseeds, green vegetables, seaweed, whole grains), the consumption of water rich in magnesium or the intake of food supplements.

A proven side effect?

Magnesium may be responsible for abdominal pain and diarrhea, given its laxative properties. “Magnesium is a molecule we need to run our cells by providing them with energy. However, a large amount taken orally results in saturation of the absorption channels, the magnesium then circulates in the intestine. To rebalance the concentrations on either side of the intestinal mucosa,the body returns water to the intestine, which causes intestinal disorders such as diarrhea“, develops Yves Dour, doctor of pharmacy.

Consuming foods rich in magnesium does not usually cause stomach aches. It is found in particular in the dark chocolate, bananas, oilseeds, green vegetables, legumes, whole grains or even seaweed. Food supplements liposomal, whose active ingredients are encapsulated in a membrane of fatty acids allow avoid these side effects since magnesium passes through the stomach and intestine without interacting with the intestinal mucosa.

What type of magnesium does not hurt your stomach?

“It is better to choose the so-called marine magnesium or possibly magnesium found in food supplements such as Pilège (formag) or Nutergia (ergymag) whose imported quantity is optimal and does not saturate the absorption channels because they use decoys or are encapsulated with proteins absorbable by other channels in the intestinal lumen“, recommends the pharmacist.

Thanks to Yves Dour, doctor of pharmacy.