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Tourette's and Magnesium

Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, involuntary movements and vocalizations such as eye blinking, shoulder shrugging, sniffing or grunting sounds. These movements and vocalizations are known as tics and often worsen with excitement and anxiety. The exact cause of Tourette’s syndrome is not known, although family history may play a role. Treatment may involve medications and psychotherapy. Certain supplements such as magnesium may also help manage Tourette’s syndrome 1.

About Magnesium

Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a key role in contraction of muscles, functioning of certain enzymes and production and transportation of energy and proteins in the body. It is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and can be obtained from foods such as:

  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • nuts
  • peas
  • beans
  • soy
  • whole grains

The National Institute of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements recommends 80 to 420 mg of the mineral per day, depending on your age and condition 1.

Role of Magnesium in Tourette's Syndrome

; January 2002'). Another study, published in the November 2008 issue of the journal “Medicina Clinica,” states that magnesium and vitamin B-6 therapy is a safe and effective way to reduce the symptoms of Tourette’s syndrome in children 34. The results of a clinical trial published in the March 2009 issue of the journal “Trials” reaffirms that collateral treatment with vitamin B-6 and magnesium could help control Tourette’s syndrome and side effects associated with it 34. The researchers, however, suggest that more studies may be required before establishing the benefits of magnesium for Tourette’s syndrome conclusively.

Side Effects of Magnesium

Your doctor can help determine a dose that is right for you. Magnesium supplements may also interfere with certain diabetes and blood pressure medications and antibiotics 1.

Precautions

Always talk to a doctor before using magnesium supplements to treat Tourette’s syndrome 1. This will help avoid the possible adverse reactions and drug interactions. Inform the doctor about your pre-existing conditions and other medications you might be taking.

The Wrap Up

Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, involuntary movements and vocalizations such as eye blinking, shoulder shrugging, sniffing or grunting sounds. Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a key role in contraction of muscles, functioning of certain enzymes and production and transportation of energy and proteins in the body. Another study, published in the November 2008 issue of the journal “Medicina Clinica,” states that magnesium and vitamin B-6 therapy is a safe and effective way to reduce the symptoms of Tourette’s syndrome in children as a Treatment of Tourette Syndrome in Children; R. García-López, et al. ; Magnesium supplements may also interfere with certain diabetes and blood pressure medications and antibiotics.

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