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Magnesium Oil Side Effects

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author image Virginia Franco
Based in Charlotte, N.C., Virginia Franco has more than 15 years experience freelance writing. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications, including the education magazine "My School Rocks" and Work.com. Franco has a master's degree in social work with an emphasis in health care from the University of Maryland and a journalism degree from the University of Richmond.
Magnesium Oil Side Effects
While spinach is rich in magnesium, many resort to oil to get enough of this mineral. Photo Credit Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Magnesium is the fourth-most abundant mineral in the body and is essential to good health, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements. Although green vegetables and some legumes provide healthy quantities of magnesium, many people take supplements to reach the recommended daily amount. Supplements are available in chewable tablet, liquid and even oil form.

Diarrhea

The chief side effect of magnesium oil is diarrhea and abdominal cramping, according to Drugs.com. Perhaps not surprisingly, many resort to magnesium products to relieve constipation. If you take more than the recommended dosage or are not constipated, diarrhea is more likely.

Excess Magnesium Signs

Signs of excess magnesium are similar to those of a deficiency, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements, and can be very dangerous. Although these symptoms occur when magnesium oil is taken in high doses, they can include a change in mental status, appetite loss, muscle weakness, as well as low blood pressure and irregular heartbeat.

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Allergic Reaction

Symptoms such as a rash, hives, and itching indicate you are severely allergic to magnesium. Other allergic reaction symptoms include difficulty breathing and chest tightening, and swelling in your mouth, face, lips or tongue.

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