Let’s talk about Magnesium for sore muscles and fatigue or feeling tired. Magnesium plays a role in energy production so that helps explain why it would help with fatigue. Magnesium is also a muscle relaxant so taking it before bedtime can help you to relax and sleep.
Magnesium is a common deficiency in the general population but even more so in patients with fibromyalgia. Intracellular magnesium is low, which interferes with the muscles’ ability to relax and make energy. Magnesium is needed to convert 5-HTP to serotonin.
• 27% of magnesium is stored in muscle tissue.
• Every energy-consuming reaction in life needs magnesium to proceed.
• Less than 1% of body magnesium is in the serum [blood].
• Low magnesium intake results in magnesium depletion from muscles and bones to maintain serum magnesium levels.
Symptoms of low magnesium in fibromyalgia include:
• Increased fatigue,
• Increased spasms,
• And increased pain.
Individuals with low magnesium are more prone to injuring their muscles when they exercise, so exercise intolerance or increased pain and spasms after activity is another symptom of low magnesium in fibromyalgia.
• Magnesium glycinate is the preferred bioavailable form. A magnesium supplement works with the muscles to help them manufacture more energy (ATP molecules). When taken as a supplement, magnesium and its co-factor, malic acid, can enter the muscle cells and improve the muscle energy production.
Definitely try Magnesium for fatigue. It’s easy to buy and you can take a lot of it to see if it helps (start with 500mg 3 to 4 times a day). You can tell if you take too much because magnesium is a laxative and you will start getting loose stools or diarrhea. Just back off from that dose. I suggest taking it for a while, at least three months, and see if it helps. You could then keep it up at a lower dosage if it does help.