Which form of magnesium should I be taking?
Magnesium is a mineral found in the earth, sea, plants, animals and humans. Due to the declining state of our soil and environment, as well as the standard western diet lacking real food and nutrients, most people are severely low in magnesium levels.
Supplementing with magnesium and eating foods rich in the mineral can quickly increase your levels. Magnesium deficiency is linked to thousands of symptoms including: migraines, headaches, muscle cramps, insomnia, anxiety, autism, ADD, constipation, headaches, menstrual cramps, PMS, palpitations, chronic fatigue, asthma, kidney stones, obesity, and osteoporosis.
A breakdown of the various forms of magnesium
Find below a breakdown of all the different forms of magnesium and their benefits. Please consult an orthomolecular therapist before changing or beginning a new supplement routine.
Magnesium taurate contains the amino acid taurine which occurs naturally in the body. It promotes healthy blood pressure and blood sugar levels. It also relaxes the muscles so best to take before bed. When you have a headache it usually means you are magnesium deficient. Take a magnesium taurate and your headache will most likely disappear in a matter of minutes.
Magnesium Malate contains malic acid that naturally occurs in foods like fruit. It energizes by being well-absorbed in the digestion without much of a laxative effect. It is noted to help fibromyalgia, muscle pain, and fatigue. Best to take in the morning or thoughout the day.
Magnesium Citrate is a form of magnesium bound with citric acid. Helps address the typically magnesium-deficient western diet. It is one of the most common used forms of magnesium, helping raise levels in the body.
When you have a headache, don’t just grab a panadol, but take a magnesium taurate instead
Take a magnesium taurate and your headache will disappear in a matter of minutes.
Magnesium glycinate is a magnesium with the amino acid glycine. It relaxes and has a good absorption rate that helps sleep, stress, anxiety, pain, nerve pain and leaky gut. This amino acid is used in protein construction and is also found in proteins like meat, fish, and legumes.
Magnesium Chloride is a magnesium that includes chloride. This combination detoxes, invigorates Kidney function and metabolism. It can also be applied topically to relieve muscle soreness.
Orotic acid is a natural substance in the body’s formation of genetic material and DNA. It is easily absorbed and used for cardiovascular health, especially heart disease.
Magnesium oxide is a magnesium combined with oxygen, used in more short-term relief for constipation, indigestion and heartburn. This form isn’t digested well so it isn’t for long term use to raise levels of this mineral in the body.
Magnesium Sulfate is a combination of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen. Best for use in baths, known as Epsom salt. Soothes the muscles and relaxes the body.
Magnesium Threonate is a combination of magnesium and threonic acid, a water-soluble substance derived from the metabolic breakdown of vitamin C. This version helps to support memory, brain injuries, PTSD, depression, cognitive function, and anxiety.