Last year I watched an documentary on Pro Sieben’s program Galilio about a group of athletes that ran a marthan on a water slide. It was kind of boring for the most part, but one part that stuck out in particular was that the coaches, and rescue personnel were giving the participants packs of magnesium whenever they had to stop because of cramping.
So began my experience with the supplement. I was running nearly everyday at the time, and having problems pushing through cramps in my legs, so I figured it would be a great way to prevent cramping up. The average human has roughly 24 grams of magnesium in their system at any given time, so when I went to Rewe, and bought a pack of magnesium supplements I thought nothing of dropping 3 400mg tabs into my glass of water.
As it turns out taking 1,200 milligrams of magnesium all at once will relax you more than you want. I was not cramped at all, in fact, I had an almost completely opposite problem within half an hour.
greenbarley.com has a more eloquent way of putting than I care to, their site states that “magnesium oxide’s main cleansing benefits are derived from its ability to promote hydration. That is, once the oxygen is liberated from the magnesium oxide, it reacts with hydrogen to form water inside the intestinal tract. This oxidation and hydration process helps soften and liquefy the impacted and hardened faecal matter. The undigested and putrefying rubbish that has stuck to the bowel wall blocking the absorption of nutrients and creating a source of toxicity is safely and gently eliminated.”
The way they word it sounds so nice and beneficial, but the onset of the affects can be sudden, violent, and tends to occur at the most inopportune of moments. I don’t even want to know what they consider to be the next level up from “gently eleminated.”
Magnesium, as it turns out is in nearly everything in Germany, almost all supplements have an ample supply of magnesium, and with a properly balanced diet you don’t really need the supplement.
That said, it’s an excellent post-workout supplement, relaxes everything almost immediately. I read somewhere that magnesium is used by paramedics to relax patients, and keep the muscles from stiffening, and open surgeons during open heart operations to prevent bad things from happening.
As a pre-workout supplement though I cannot emphasize enough that there is a very high possibility you could lose control of your bowels. Think Milk of Magnesia, and make sure when shopping in Germany that you know just how much magnesium is in the food, and multi-vitamens, or supplements you are buying.