13 September, 2011
Fibroids & Magnesium
Many women suffer from benign uterine tumors known as fibroids or myomas. In fact, around one in five women of child-bearing age may have uterine fibroids, according to PubMed Health. While many women do not experience effects from fibroids, some may develop certain symptoms that warrant treatment. Magnesium supplementation may provide some relief from your symptoms. Consult your doctor before using any dietary supplement.
Symptoms of Fibroids
Fibroids often cause no noticeable symptoms. In fact, according to PubMed Health, some fibroids are so small that they are undetectable without a microscope. However, some fibroids can grow quite large, causing unwanted, unpleasant or downright painful and unbearable symptoms, especially during menstruation. Symptoms that are commonly associated with fibroids include very heavy bleeding during menstruation, spotting or bleeding in between your periods, painful cramps in your pelvic area during your period, painful sensations during sexual intercourse and frequent urination.
Benefits of Magnesium
Magnesium is an essential mineral for a number of biological processes including regulation of calcium and vitamin D levels, enzyme activation, cardiovascular functioning and energy production. Many women who suffer from fibroids are often deficient in magnesium. Joel Klein MD, of the Klein Center for Holistic Medicine, states that inadequate intake of magnesium may contribute to symptoms associated with fibroids. Adding minerals like calcium and magnesium to your diet may help decrease symptoms like pain and irritability, notes Linda Page, ND in her book, "Renewing Female Balance." However, there are no clinical studies evaluating the effects of magnesium supplementation on fibroids.
Sources of Magnesium
Most women do not obtain enough magnesium from dietary sources. The average adult female requires between 280 and 300 milligrams of magnesium daily. If you suffer from fibroids, you may need more than the recommended daily amount, although you should discuss the proper dosage with your doctor. Magnesium is found in foods like leafy greens, nuts, tofu, legumes, shredded wheat, wheat bran, baked potatoes with the skin on, and whole grains. You can also take magnesium as a dietary supplement. While there are many forms of magnesium, the University of Maryland Medical Center recommends magnesium citrate, magnesium gluconate and magnesium lactate, as these forms are more easily absorbed than others.
Although increasing your intake of dietary magnesium or using magnesium supplements may help symptoms associated with uterine fibroids, you should not attempt to self-treat your condition. Medical treatments, like medication or surgery, are sometimes warranted to alleviate symptoms of fibroids. If you think you may be suffering from certain symptoms due to uterine fibroids, consult your doctor. Additionally, inform your doctor if you decide to take a magnesium supplement.
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