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Hi all. I'm new here and somewhat new to carnivore. I've been experimenting with carnivore since early November after a few months on keto, with the hope of identifying and addressing ten years of worsening health problems (gastro, joint, skin, bowel, histamine problems, can't eat carbs without what looked like hypoglycemia even before keto, other weird malfunctions, etc). Currently looking like autoimmune or allergy-related but I am waiting on yet another specialist appointment.

I can't take any form of magnesium pills as they give me stomach pain, but I have had success in holding off leg cramps by eating 30-40g of hemp hearts per day. I have also been having decent luck in reducing joint pain, tendonitis and some other factors by eating carnivore so far, though it's early days. I really notice that bringing back in any vegetables really gives me a flare up of various symptoms, though, so I'm sticking with it when and where I can.

My question: obviously hemp hearts are a seed and will likely be limiting the benefits of carnivore, but there's not a lot of organ meat out there that will give me an equivalent 200-300mg of magnesium in a form that doesn't make my stomach do flips. Is it worth sticking with hemp hearts or is there a solution I'm not seeing? Where are you guys getting magnesium from, if you find you need it?

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Welcome aboard Bonnie! 

:welcome:

3 hours ago, lich said:

I can't take any form of magnesium pills as they give me stomach pain, but I have had success in holding off leg cramps by eating 30-40g of hemp hearts per day.

Interesting. I had to look up hemp hearts. I can see why they help with leg cramps. The magnesium content is pretty rich. Here's what's in 30g of hemp hearts...

  • Calories: 166
  • Fat: 14.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 2.6g
  • Fiber: 1.2g
  • Sugars: 0.5g
  • Protein: 9.5g
  • Magnesium: 210 mg
  • Potassium: 360 mg

To get that much from beef you would need to eat at least 2.5 pounds of muscle meat, and liver doesn't really have that much more. This is why people like Dr. Shawn Baker and Dr. Anthony Chaffee don't need to supplement because they easily eat 3+ pounds of beef per day. I'm about half that, so I need to supplement.

3 hours ago, lich said:

obviously hemp hearts are a seed and will likely be limiting the benefits of carnivore

Maybe. Maybe not. I would be interested in knowing which plant defense chemicals are in it. And then, do those compounds in those quantities effect you?

3 hours ago, lich said:

Where are you guys getting magnesium from, if you find you need it?

So I am currently using Zentastic 4-in-1 Magnesium complex. It has Magnesium Glycinate, Malate, Taurate, and Lactate.  I've chosen this because these 4 forms of magnesium help with cramps, the heart, metabolism, and don't cause loose stools.

Many keto-carnivores like an electrolyte drink mix called LMNT which has magnesium, sodium, chloride, and potassium in it. 

Others like Keto Chow Daily Minerals. One serving has 400mg of magnesium which is plenty. It taste like donkey though so you have to split the serving and hide in in other drinks throughout the day, lol.

3 hours ago, lich said:

I have also been having decent luck in reducing joint pain, tendonitis and some other factors by eating carnivore so far, though it's early days.

Wonderful! I hope you keep seeing improvements!

Welcome to the community!

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This is the magnesium complex I’m currently taking.
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I also drink an LMNT every day.

If you are having stomach issues and new to carnivore try to give the diet time to straighten out your gut biome.
I had IBS for over thirty years and had recently developed Crohn’s disease that was debilitatingly painful but after 30 days on carnivore I was completely cured.
Your mileage may vary but give it a shot. It’s a healing diet after all.


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