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Multiple Myeloma Survival- Magnesium, Beet Root and Protein Shakes?

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“…70 to 80 percent of those older than 70 — aren’t meeting their daily magnesium needs. Women should be getting 320 milligrams per day; men, 420 mg…”

Hi Dave- I trust you are well.  I am doing very well. I’ve recently added two new supplements to my lifestyle.  Was wondering if you’ve ever came across any research stating these help or hurt smoldering multiple myeloma, multiple myeloma survival (SMM/MM).

  1. Ancient Minerals brand transdermal magnesium lotion.  I use this on my knees post workout.
  2. I recently added organic beet juice powder to my pre-workout water.  I consume this 1 hour before working out.  The claim is that that it increases nitric oxide and increases workout endurance.  It does help.  I’ve also added it to my post workout plant-based protein shake.

Feeling great which I know is a good representation of my over-all health.

Thanks again for your feedback. Eli

Hi Eli-

 I am fine, thanks. Good to read that you are doing very well. 
I will break down my experience and research to reply to your questions about magnesium (Mg), beet root and protein supplementation below. 
1) Ancient Minerals brand transdermal magnesium lotion. 
Though I’ve never read and studies that cite the benefit of Mg for multiple myeloma survival, there is no question that magnesium is necessary for a host of biological processes in the human body. I supplement with magnesium myself. Unfortunately, 70-80% of the American population is deficient in Mg, according to the Washington Post.
The two questions are first,
  1. what form of magnesium is “best?” (forms such as magnesium citrate, glycinate, orotate and carbonate). 
  2. And then what is the “best” method for ingesting magnesium- oral, intravenous or transdermal? 
I supplement with magnesium threonate. I believe that this form of Mg helps my multiple myeloma survival. Heart health, brain healthy, bone healthy. I need help in all three areas. But if you read the article linked below that talks about transdermal Mg, it looks as though your system of ingestion may be superior to mine. 
2) Organic beet juice powder
Do you mean beet root powder or beet “juice” powder?  Beet root powder, according to research, looks pretty nutritious. I don’t take it but I’ve read about the nutritious properties of beet root powder for a few years now. 
3) Plant-based protein shake.
I supplement with protein powder. I think we MM patients should exercise frequently. Doing so will increase our need for protein. I don’t eat a whole lot of animal protein either. 
The way I see it, we need exercise, muscles, bone heath- and all those pursuits require more protein in our diet. Which means we should supplement the amount of protein we ingest with a shake or some form like that. 
Further, I think that pre-myeloma and frank multiple myeloma patients and survivors need to enhance their efforts to exercise, eat nutritiously, in order to help their multiple myeloma survival.
Let me know if you have any questions.
David Emerson
  • MM Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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“Ask most people to name a nutrient lacking in the American diet, and the top answers would probably be calcium, vitamin D or fiber. Though all nutrients are essential for good health, few are more crucial to focus on than magnesium — because we don’t usually get enough in our diet and none of our cells could function without it.Cells need the mineral to produce ATP, a compound dubbed the body’s “energy currency,” says Fudi Wang, a professor of nutrition at Zhejiang University in China, because it’s the bank that cells draw on to power their functions. In particular, magnesium is involved in regulating blood pressure, blood sugar, heart rate and nerve transmission.

But nearly half of all Americans — and 70 to 80 percent of those older than 70 — aren’t meeting their daily magnesium needs. Women should be getting 320 milligrams per day; men, 420 mg…”

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“Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body.

It’s involved in over 300 metabolic reactions that are essential for human health, including energy production, blood pressure regulation, nerve signal transmission, and muscle contraction (1Trusted Source).

Interestingly, low levels are linked to a variety of illnesses, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, mood disorders, and migraines (2Trusted Source).

Although this mineral is present in many whole foods like green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds, up to two-thirds of people in the Western world don’t meet their magnesium needs with diet alone (1Trusted Source).

To boost intake, many people turn to supplements. However, as multiple varieties of supplemental magnesium exist, it can be difficult to know which one is most appropriate for your needs.

This article reviews 10 various forms of magnesium, as well as their uses…”

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However, the proven and well-documented oral magnesium supplementation has become questioned in the recent years through intensive marketing for its transdermal application (e.g., magnesium-containing sprays, magnesium flakes, and magnesium salt baths).
In both, specialist and lay press as well as on the internet, there are increasing numbers of articles claiming the effectiveness and superiority of transdermal magnesium over an oral application. It is claimed that the transdermal absorption of magnesium in comparison to oral application is more effective due to better absorption and fewer side effects as it bypasses the gastrointestinal tract
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