A frequently stressed point by Dr. Oz is the importance of taking calcium magnesium citrate, or some other combination of these two powerful ingredients for natural cure methods. There are many reasons that taking them in unison is so important, most importantly the fact that absorption of calcium is all but impossible without its BFF, magnesium. There are other reasons, though, that combining the benefits of calcium with magnesium are important, and one of them might be a surprise to you, calcium constipation.
That’s right. It keeps your bones strong and trigger your chute being clogged. Some people who have excessive calcium intake or use supplements can experience calcium constipation, especially if they are not consuming magnesium as well. This is true for several reasons. As mentioned previously, calcium needs vitamin D and magnesium in order to be absorbed by the body and to activate the cure power of this amazing mineral. Additionally, calcium constipation needs the balancing and counteracting effects of magnesium which helps not only blood vessel constriction but also helps to relieve the dreaded “c” word. Magnesium is also helpful for battling other mineral based fecal follies such as vitamin D constipation.
Even though vitamins, minerals and supplements can be a trigger for constipation, that doesn’t mean you should stop taking them, particularly if your doctor has prescribed or recommended them for you. While constipation side effects such as abdominal cramping, nausea and discomfort can be unpleasant, that doesn’t mean that you cannot strike a harmonious balance between nutrient intake and physical symptoms, by adding magnesium if lacking, for example.
If your doctor has requested that you take a calcium containing supplement, it’s very important to talk to him or her about your suspected occurrences of calcium constipation. He or she may recommend another dosage or type of calcium. If you are taking over the counter supplements, make sure that those containing calcium have proper and adequate levels of magnesium (most supplements may have a 2 to 1 ration of cal to mag, but the 1 to 1 ratio is a healthier choice), and that the calcium content isn’t over what is recommended for a day. This is because your body will only be able to take in and utilize 600 mg of calcium at a time.
Remember that vitamins and minerals are essential to the proper functioning of our bodies and to help cure existing and prevent many potential health conditions. However, too much, too little, or the wrong combination can be problematic or trigger undesirable side effects. Proper and consistent dosing, consuming your supplements at the same time every day, and appropriate medical guidance and care, can all be valuable to your decision to take beneficial supplements.