Calcium and Magnesium for chronic Lyme disease
Magnesium supports the health of bones, heart, skeletal muscles, and teeth, and it plays a major role in the repair of all body cells, energy production, hormone regulation, nerve transmission, and metabolism of proteins.
Magnesium deficiency is common with chronic Lyme disease and Bartonella infections. Common symptoms of magnesium deficiency include dizziness, headache, heart palpitations, muscle twitches, tingling or crawling sensation in the skin, nervousness, and sensitivity to noise. Magnesium deficiency also contributes to heart problems, immune system dysfunction, fatigue, sleep disruption, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, gastrointestinal problems, memory problems, mood swings, poor motor skills, muscle spasms, especially in the legs, anxiety, and depression.
There is controversy about supplementing magnesium when you have chronic infections like Chronic Lyme Disease, as it is believed that magnesium can aid the bacteria in the development of biofilms and allow the bacteria to thrive. Some suggest completely avoiding magnesium and magnesium rich foods in order to starve the bacteria. Biofilms are poorly understood and more research needs to be done. In the meantime, use your best judgment in your decision to supplement with magnesium.
Personally I cannot live without it. The biggest impact on my life has been the decrease in number and intensity of the migraines caused by Lyme.
Remember to supplement magnesium in divided doses as large amount can cause loose stool (which is not always bad if that is what you need to do).
When taking magnesium, it is important to supplement with vitamin B6 and calcium, as these nutrients work together in many biochemical reactions.
Calcium supplementation is important for bone health, heart health, proper muscle function, restful sleep, decreased PMS symptoms, and preventing high blood pressure. Be sure to take calcium and magnesium together.