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 My Very First RBC Magnesium Test
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Posted: 8/1/2019 1:20:50 PM
 
I have learned over the years from various sources, including Undoctored, that the regular serum blood test for Magnesium is not that reliable.

Instead, a superior way of checking your magnesium level, and whether you are getting enough of it from diet and supplements, is to test RBC magnesium. 

RBC stands for "Red Blood Cell" and the test measures magnesium residing in the various cells in your body. And since that is where magnesium is the most abundant, that’s what gives a truer picture of your magnesium level. 

I was able to get this test in Canada (where I live) and the cost was covered under our health care system. But I did have to "push" to get it. And since this test is outsourced to a different lab, called Dynacare, it took almost a month for me to get the result.

My result was reported in mmol/L, which is Canadian, eh?

Therefore, I have converted everything to mg/dL since that’s the way most people here would see it.

The reference range is 3.9 - 6.4 mg/dL. 

And my result came in at the top end, 6.4 mg/dL.

I believe that’s a good thing. 

I do take a magnesium supplement each day. With breakfast I take 1 magnesium bisglycinate capsule, which contains 200 mg of magnesium. And then at bedtime, I take a second capsule. The daily total is therefore 400 mg.

I did in the past consider concocting the magnesium water that Dr. Davis recommends and I bought the ingredients. But I decided it was too much to fuss with and returned everything.

I used to drink what I called magnesium "tea." I would dissolve some powdered Magnesium "Calm" into a glass of boiled water and sip it like tea. But I find it’s easier just to take capsules and based on my test result they appear to be doing the trick. 

By the way, I also got the regular serum Mg test done at the same time. The reference range for that is 0.65 - 1.05 mmol/L and my result came in smack dab in the middle at 0.88 mmol/L. 

I hope to eventually be able to report my experience in trying to get Glutathione tested. So far that’s another nightmare in progress.

 

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Posted: 8/1/2019 1:59:52 PM
 
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Posted: 8/1/2019 3:01:21 PM
 
Malcolm, would you please share the brand that you’re using. Thank you.
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Posted: 8/1/2019 3:21:07 PM
 
Great Results Malcolm.


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Posted: 8/2/2019 5:50:57 AM
 
You Ace’d this the first time out. Way to go :)


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Posted: 8/2/2019 10:30:49 AM
 
Thanks everyone for posting your supportive magnesium comments to me. Very encouraging.


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Posted: 8/2/2019 10:56:32 AM
 
Well done, Malcolm! 

It requires consistency and persistence to achieve an ideal RBC magnesium level and it has paid off for you. 
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