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Magnesium and (too much) sex drive?

by 0 · January 13, 2014 at 10:21 PM

A few months ago, I discovered that I had a pretty severe magnesium deficiency. Taking supplements cured a great many of my nagging ills, and I felt like a new person, truly better than I’ve ever felt before.

So, wanting to share the wealth, I started my husband on magnesium supplements too. I put him on a modest 200 mg a day. Seeing as Chris Kresser advocates a maintenance dose of 400 mg a day for healthy people, this seemed like a pretty conservative move.

Well, this has had an unexpectedly large effect on him. The most noticeable thing was his sex drive — it shot through the roof! I’m talking about two or three times a day, every day. He sustained this pace for two or three months before “crashing” back to his previous once a day level.

The other thing is that he’s sleeping a lot more. He used to be able to run on 5-7 hours of sleep and loved to get up at 5 AM and work. Now he’s sleeping in until 9 or 10 AM and feels more tired all day too.

I’ve asked him about his stools, and he says they got a little looser after the mag supplements, but not by a whole lot.

So … I don’t even know what question to ask. Is this normal? Anyone else experience this? Could this be a genetic thing? (He's of Northern European descent -- nothing fancy, as far as we know.) Are these signs of too much magnesium or of a deficiency that is being corrected? Stick with it, abandon it? Drink more milk?

Any insight is appreciated -- thanks!

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560 · January 13, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Any idea what is really "normal"?

I'm not sure I could ever sustain 2-3 times a day for more than a couple days, but I've been trained off by my GF anyway to a few times a week at best. What's the "normal" range? I find myself getting politely turned down pretty frequently.

Granted: we're both very busy, so I'm not sure if she just "doesn't feel like it" or if she's sometimes making a judgement call my precious gems prevent me from making. I have to say, we'd probably have been late to work more than a couple times had she given in.

Not to seriously hyjack the thread, but what's "healthy"? I've heard about a lot of guys purposefully restricting their sex drive and claiming amazing results as far as their focus, conversational abilities, and other aspects of life...

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190 · January 13, 2014 at 07:03 PM

I'd use the Perfect Health Diet as a source of supplementation info over Kresser. Having just skimmed his book it is seriously lacking in science.

I also take the glycinate form, waiting for the 2-3 day thing however. <g>

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145 · January 12, 2014 at 06:23 PM

Try the honey at bedtime - when I combined that with mag I got the best night's sleep in decades. Woke up so rested it was a pleasure.

The way I take mag is through epsom salt spray. Better than pills, in my view. The results are a bit noisy, but the trend is steady, ie. some nights better than others, but all nights better than before the combination. And I mean sleep, not randiness.

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16813 · January 12, 2014 at 02:34 PM

Are you sure it's "too much"? Maybe being without magnesium, zinc, and other important nutrients, for too long, via SAD foods, changed your and his idea of what's a normal sex drive?

That said, yes, loose stools means either not enough absorption of magnesium (possibly from the wrong type - i.e. Magnesium oxide), or too much magnesium.

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0 · January 12, 2014 at 02:17 PM

What kind of magensium supplement are you using? Magnesium citrate?

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