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I have temporomandibular disorder (TMD).

Q. Dear Terry, “I have temporomandibular disorder (TMD) and wear a mouth guard, but I am not seeing any relief from the popping and grinding I experience. Are there certain supplements that could help? Thank you for your consideration and time.” — Ramona G., Evansville, IN

A. Dear Ramona, TMD refers to a group of conditions, often painful, that affects the jaw joint (temporomandibular joint or TMJ) and the associated muscles used in movement of the jaw and neck.

I would recommend taking vitamin B6, blended with highly absorbable magnesium, like magnesium glycinate chelate. Vitamin B6 works as a coenzyme, assisting in an amazing variety of tasks – the creation of heme, the iron-containing component of red blood cells; production of the hormone serotonin (the “feel good” hormone); processing of carbohydrates for energy; keeping the nervous system working smoothly, and supporting hundreds of other functions. In addition to optimizing vitamin B6 metabolism, magnesium in the glycinate form delivers a good dose of magnesium to help with muscle relaxation and resistance to nerve excitability, and is much less likely to cause the loose stools that are often associated with taking magnesium.

Look for a formula that contains the active form of B6 – pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P-5-P). Many people (some estimate up to 30% of the population) cannot fully utilize B-vitamins from food and supplements, because these forms of B-vitamins must be converted into the active form before they will function. By using the form of vitamin B6 that is identical to the kind your body utilizes, you bypass this problem entirely. Take two capsules of this formula twice daily.

I would also find a good chiropractor to help address this issue. You may want to do a little research and find a chiropractor with special expertise in TMD/TMJ. Some gentle adjustments can make a world of difference.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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