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A-Fib Patient Story #13

My Magnesium Success Story and a Caution

From James Adams, 2005, updated 2009

“I recently found that by daily eating a banana, drinking a glass of milk, and taking 500 mg of Magnesium, my PVCs have disappeared, and I do not suffer from A-Fib. I am episode free for over a year”, James Adams wrote in 2005.

Update Feb 2009

I have been AF free since 2004, but suffered from PVC’s, sometimes 20 – 30 PVC’s per minute. I increased my magnesium supplements to 1000mg per day, with intermittent success.

I found through genetic testing, that my body is genetically predisposed to a blood disorder that affects clotting. My body is inefficient at folic acid and vitamin B-12 absorption, so at the advice of a geneticist, I added 86mg aspirin, 1000mcg folic acid, and 1000mcg vitamin B-12 to the magnesium supplements. Not only have I been AF free, but all of my PVC’s have disappeared. I no longer consider myself predisposed to AF and have not had a PVC in months. My energy has increased and I feel back to normal.

There is one more thing that I think may have contributed to the PVC’s. The magnesium I was taking was sold at a large US retailer, and was manufactured in China. The geneticist warned me about contaminated, substandard supplements originating in China.

I noticed a significant difference when I switched to a magnesium supplement made by GNC in the United States. I don’t know if the Chinese supplements were contaminated or their strength was compromised, but I now take only supplements from GNC manufactured in the states. I also found I no longer need to eat bananas to remain PVC and AF free. I don’t think GNC is the only manufacturer of high quality supplements, but I would recommend supplements manufactured in a country with stringent quality requirements.

James Adams
jadams (at) jgadams.net

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