The Benefits of Magnesium

Often I get questions on magnesium and what is the best source. Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a crucial role in various bodily functions. It’s involved in hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body, ranging from energy production, muscle function, constipation, brain function and so much more.

Some signs and symptoms of lacking in magnesium could be muscle spasms, sleep issues, stress/anxiety, hypertension, heart palpitations, Afib, fatigue, cognition problems, headaches, asthma, pre-eclampsia. Magnesium is responsible for more than 300 enzyme reactions in the body.

Also an important tip to remember is that Vitamin D and B6 both aid in the absorption of magnesium.

Types and Forms of Magnesium and Their Benefits

The following are several forms of magnesium, each with its own specific benefits and applications.

  • Magnesium Citrate: This form of magnesium is bound to citric acid, which enhances its absorption. It’s often used as a laxative to relieve constipation and may also help with magnesium deficiency.
  • Magnesium Glycinate: Magnesium glycinate is bound to glycine, an amino acid. This form is highly absorbable and is less likely to cause gastrointestinal side effects compared to other forms. It’s often used to promote relaxation, support sleep, and reduce muscle tension.
  • Magnesium Sulfate: Also known as Epsom salt, magnesium sulfate is commonly used in baths to promote relaxation and relieve sore muscles. It’s absorbed through the skin during bathing.
  • Magnesium L-Threonate: This form of magnesium has been specifically studied for its potential cognitive benefits. It’s thought to penetrate the blood-brain barrier more effectively than other forms and may support brain health and cognitive function.
  • Magnesium Malate: Magnesium malate is a combination of magnesium and malic acid. It’s often used to support energy production and may be beneficial for individuals with conditions like fibromyalgia, as malic acid is involved in ATP production.
  • Magnesium Taurate: Magnesium taurate is a combination of magnesium and taurine, an amino acid. It’s often used to support cardiovascular health and may help regulate blood pressure and improve heart function.
  • Magnesium Orotate: Magnesium orotate gets deeper into the cells and mitochondria for increase in energy. Good for top performing athletes but

Magnesiums to avoid would be Magnesium oxide, hydroxide and carbonate.

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