Who takes them?
It struck me that I've been noticing some signs of calcium deficiency, and I'm not sure whether I should be supplementing with calcium, or if it's more a function of inadequate magnesium/Vit D intake.
I have been supplementing with Vitamin D at 4,000iu/day (only for a couple weeks), and was very inconsistent in using ZMA because of the "not with calcium" and "not on an empty stomach" rules. I just don't remember to take something unless it goes with a meal because my memory blows. I should be getting my first order of elitepro today or tomorrow so magnesium can be ruled out after that.
So my 2 questions are: 1) If one corrects a vitamin/mineral deficiency, how long would it be until you notice the symptoms go away? --In my case it's dry skin, numbness/tingling of fingertips and just recently some minor petechia on my wrist.
The numbness in my fingertips has been there for probably a couple years since I first noticed (has SLOWLY gotten worse), and like an idiot I just assumed I have poor circulation and never thought about it again.
If Vitamin D deficiency was my culprit, should this have gone away after 2 weeks of supplementation or does it take longer? I've been googling all day and nothing I've found talks about correcting hypocalcemia and how long it would take to notice a difference. and likewise if hypomagnesia is my problem, how long would I need daily supps before I'm symptom-free?
2) Is it typical to supplement with calcium for those who don't eat dairy? And do calcium requirements increase with caloric intake, as obviously I'm eating more than the typical "healthy male" they have in mind when formulating guidelines. Also most of my protein comes from animal sources, not whey shakes, so by my calculations I've been getting under 1000mg/day of calcium for a while now.
Thanks. Oh and obviously I will see a doctor but my medical/dental insurance from my new job doesn't take effect till Nov. 1, so I was hoping for some knowledgable feedback here in the meantime before I go.