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robotraccoon, January 4,  2018  11:51am EST

Magnesium and Potassium

Do any of you take magnesium or potassium supplements to help maintain normal sinus rhythm? If so, how much of each do you take daily, and which version (chelate) do you take?

I take Magnesium Gluconate 550mg twice daily.
  • Rbrandt
    Rbrandt, January 4,  2018  3:23pm EST
    Hi Robotraccoon, I take Potassium Citrate (nuricost) 99mg (one tablet) and Tripple Calm Magnesium (Rhythm) 1500mg a day (its a combination of Mg Taurate, Mg Glycinate and Mg Malate). So far I have stayed in NSR for two years now.  I was on Flecainide but discontinued it in April 2017 due to side effects. I take 2 blood pressure meds and Eliquis but thats it. I have had a knee surgery, prostrate biopsy and a colonoscopy during this period as so far stayed in Rhythm one other thing I use a Cpap for sleep apnea and been on it for a year and half and I know it is a primary reason that I've stayed in Rhythm but I also really believe in Magnesium.  Hopefuly this has some use. Wishing you all the best.  May we all have NSR Roy.
  • CindyH
    CindyH, January 4,  2018  7:16pm EST
    That’s great info from RBrandt and I’ll look into Triple Calm. I take 400 mg Doctors Best brand chelated magnesium and drink a low sodium V8 juice a few times a week.
  • tyneff
    tyneff, January 4,  2018  11:48pm EST
    Rbrandt:Hi Robotraccoon, I take Potassium Citrate (nuricost) 99mg (one tablet) and Tripple Calm Magnesium (Rhythm) 1500mg a day (its a combination of Mg Taurate, Mg Glycinate and Mg Malate). So far I have stayed in NSR for two years now.  I was on Flecainide but discontinued it in April 2017 due to side effects. I take 2 blood pressure meds and Eliquis but thats it. I have had a knee surgery, prostrate biopsy and a colonoscopy during this period as so far stayed in Rhythm one other thing I use a Cpap for sleep apnea and been on it for a year and half and I know it is a primary reason that I've stayed in Rhythm but I also really believe in Magnesium.  Hopefuly this has some use. Wishing you all the best.  May we all have NSR Roy.  Thanks for the advice on the magnesium. It that dose 1500mg or 150mg? Most of the bottles I see are 150mg for 2 capsules.I'm been using "Doctor's Best High Absorption Magnesium" and it's 2 tablets a day for 200mg. Seems to help a bit.Tyler
  • Gary W
    Gary W, January 5,  2018  3:15am EST
    robotracoon,I take 400 mg of Magnesium Glycinate and recently started taking 100mg of Potassium Gluconate. I believe the latter has kept me in NSR since I frequently urinate and am losing potassium that way despite taking a daily banana. I will be discussing this with my cardiologist in a few weeks.
  • tennisguy7
    tennisguy7, January 5,  2018  5:40am EST
    Hi.  I have been in NSR since my ablation in April and am only on 81mg aspirin PLUS>>>>>I take Magnesium Taurate from Cardiovascular research 1 times per day. ( I use to take one in the morning and one in the evening).   And i taKE CO Q10 in the morning.  I may have an occassional banana but don't take additional potassium.  I highly recommend drinking lots of water- I drink Seltzer and reduced my caffeine intake between coffee and diet cola by 80%.  David
  • mels
    mels, January 5,  2018  5:46am EST
    When I had my first afib experience some years ago, it was a magnesium drip in the ER that was used to get me back into rhytym. I now take two teaspoons of a mag product called CALM every day plus postassium and have just added taurate powder to the mix...that at just 1/8th of a teaspoon. I have had as many as 9 afib incidents a month before this regime and am now down to between none and 3 and they last anywhere from 15 mintues to 2 hours and then convert back. No other symptoms except feel the irregular heart beat. My main trigger is gastro and when I eat something that gives me lots of gas and swells my tummy, voila...afib. I think it is called vagal mediated afib. So am trying to find the culprit foods. If you google FODMAP Stanford, you will get to a page on the Stanford health system that discusses which foods to avoid and which are ok, so have been experiementing with that with good results. (The site is written for people with IBS, but I find it helpful with my afib.)Biggest triggers for me, the sugars that end with ..ose...sucrose, maltose, etc and they are added to many processed food products as sweeteners. So I read labels like mad and am staying away from sweets and gums with those kinds of added sugars. So, for me, main trigger is what I eat that gives me upper gastro gas and causes the gas to put pressure on my heart and vagal nerve. I realize that there are many many triggers for all here but have found that my best defense against afib is avoiding FODMAP foods and taking daily magnesium and potassium. After all, if, in the ER, they used mag to stabilize me, it has a known effect on the heart.I wish more doctors would keep mag supplementation top of their mind but there is little nutrition education in medical school, so admits my Stanford orthopedist when I asked him what to eat after a hip replacement.For nutrition information from a classically trained US doctor who has his degree from Harvard but who has also studied historical folk medicine, I go to Dr. Weil's website. For FODMAP info, I either go to Stanford or a site in Melbourne Australia. For reliable medical info on any condition, I go to the Mayo Clinic web site. Hope this answer is helpful to you and thank you to everyone who posts and to Melanie.Mel
  • Rbrandt
    Rbrandt, January 5,  2018  4:10pm EST
    Tyler, Yes I take 1500, 5 in the morning and 5 at night.  I use to take 6 ( 3 and 3) with a different Magnesium supplement but jsut went straight with the Tripple calm.  May we all have NSR Roy
  • Margie
    Margie, January 6,  2018  12:10am EST
    I have been investigating magnesium and potassium for the past five months after serndipitously discovering that magnesium stopped my arrythmia of 15 years. Still have not been able to find a cardiologist or other MD who is willing to give me a hand on this journey of balancing minerals/electrolytes. I have discovered a treasure of information on a facebook group called Magnesium Advococy Group - and warmly you recommend you "join" the group and search through the many files available there to learn more about balancing minerals. Good luck!
  • DHoagland
    DHoagland, January 6,  2018  3:35am EST
    I found out by trial &error that a glass of V8 will stop my Afib if I take it soon enough. This discovery has led to my having a glass every morning. It is loaded with Potassium, 900mg per 8oz. I use the low sodium variety. Check your BP meds to see if you can handle it.I use a gel form of magnesium. If you have kidney issues, don’t use it, otherwise one once a day applied to skin or massaged into sore muscles works wonders. We are all different. I’m just sharing what works for me.
  • Jinny
    Jinny, January 7,  2018  12:40am EST
    Realitychek: I saw a docuvideo yesterday where a patient stopped chronic leg cramps with vitamin E. You might want to try it.
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