Magnesium-which form is best?

Magnesium is important in more than 300 chemical reactions that keep the body working properly. You can get magnesium from your diet, but sometime supplementation is needed if magnesium levels are too low. Commonly, dietary intake of magnesium is low, particularly among women.




A Small List of Things Treated with Magnesium:
1. Constipation
2. High blood pressure
3. High levels of “bad” cholesterol
4. Chronic fatigue syndrome
5. Muscle cramps
6. Migraine headaches
7. PMS- Pre-Menstrual Syndrome
8. Asthma/Hay Fever
9. Preventing hearing loss
10. Multiple Sclerosis
11. Depression
12. Diabetes
13. Immune disorders

There are many different forms of Magnesium:
1. Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate-lactate, arginate, aspartate,etc.
2. Magnesium Oxide
3. Magnesium Citrate
4. Magnesium Orotate
5. Magnesium Chloride
6. Magnesium Lactate
7. Magnesium Sulfate
8. Magnesium Carbonate
9. Magnesium Bicarbonate
10. Magnesium Glycinate, Malate & Taurates
11. Magnesium L Threonate
12. Magnesium Hydroxide
13. Magnesium Phosphate
There are more, but here is a good list to start.

Which form is best?
All forms have their purpose. Each is good for treating different things. So you have to ask yourself, “What am I using it for?” Do I need it to help me with a bodily function or am I just low in Magnesium?

Magnesium Citrate helps induce a bowel movement and is also highly bioavailable (easily absorbed), so if you suffer from constipation or your levels are low in the body, this is a good choice.

Magnesium Lactate is commonly used to treat digestive disorders, but if you have kidney issues or kidney disease, this is not the form you should take.

Magnesium Sulfate is also known as Epsom Salt and is great for relieving muscle cramps. I highly recommend Epsom Salt baths to my patients suffering from muscle spasms.

Magnesium L Threonate has been shown to improve brain function and memory in rats.

Magnesium Hydroxide is widely used for the treatment of peptic ulcers and gastric hyperacidity.

Classic “Clinical” Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency
  • Tics,
  • muscle spasms,
  • cramps,
  • seizures,
  • anxiety, and
  • irregular heart rhythms.

As you can see, it’s not so cut and dry. It’s good to know all your options. And it’s good to know that different forms are good for different ailments. This is article is only a short list, so to find out more information, please contact Dr. Lisa Gold, DN. (773) 443-3132.