Magnesium feels good. It helps.
Magnesium in vegetable cellulose capsules in bottles from shelves in stores or from the mail.
Magnesium made from or up of amino acid chelate, citrate, and malate. ‘Chelate’ to the best of my understanding—my regurgitation of a couple definitions—means a compound that has a molecule that will attach to a bigger metal atom at two points.
I get what those individual words mean. I can’t picture it. I suppose I don’t understand all the reasons behind the mechanics. I also read that chelated magnesium is something a body can easily absorb. Citrate as in citric acid. Malate, like salt of malic acid—this too, saying it like I get it.
I read the Supplements Facts on the bottle of the little cellulose capsules filled with magnesium, then looked up those components to understand. I really don't.
It’s been working though, I think.
Taking the magnesium supplements.
I started taking magnesium supplements for sleep.
I haven’t been sleeping well since moving to Virginia.
I hadn’t been sleeping well in Virginia until I started taking these magnesium capsules that we, B. and I, had for some reason in our cache of medicines. We got them, my guess is, 3ish years ago in Iowa. Either in Des Moines or Ames. They’re expired but still seem to work. I say that because since taking them, I’ve had extremely cinematic dreams.
Good and bad ones, vivid, but never nightmarish.
I considered that maybe the sleeping well could be placebo since they’re expired, that the magnesium might be less potent, but this dream effect, to me, says otherwise.
It says otherwise because I remember the dreams really well and the feelings I had inside the dreams.
Before, I didn’t really have dreams.
Or, rather, didn’t have any that I remember.
In small bits of research, I learned magnesium is also good for alleviating inflammation or asthma, for softening depression, mitigating anxiety among other things—so bonus.
But I don’t know about the other things yet. The dream side effect is more obvious in regards to sleep.
I thought for a second I forgot to mention that chelated magnesium is easy for bodies to absorb but as I skim upward I see that I mentioned it.
I want to say memory must be aided too, since I can remember dreams—but I just looked at the previous sentence and wonder.