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Many of us choose to take a magnesium supplement without knowing different forms of the supplement have varied actions within the body. Magnesium alone is a wonderful mineral that is involved in nearly 300 reactions within the body…this ranges from energy production to brain function. It contributes to the maintenance of healthy bones and muscles and can help with the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. For absorption, magnesium is bound to another compound. These compounds provide additional benefits, so knowing these extra benefits can help you choose a magnesium that’s right for you.

Magnesium Citrate is one of the most common forms of magnesium used in tablets and capsules. It is derived by bonding magnesium to citric acid. As a citrate, it has an acidic base which means primarily it has a cleansing effect on the gut as is often recommended in detoxification regimens. Some of it will pass into the bloodstream and ongoing usage may gradually restore low magnesium levels.

Magnesium Malate is a form of magnesium which is bonded to malic acid. Once in the body, the magnesium malate is broken down into magnesium in an ionic form which eases muscle pain. Malic acid, which is required by all cells, including muscle cells, helps enhance energy production. The dual effects of this supplement on muscles makes it very useful for muscle weakness and for fibromyalgia where muscle pain is of concern.

Magnesium Bisglycinate or magnesium glycinate is a form of magnesium that is bonded to 2 molecules of the animo acid glycine. Glycine is a neurotransmitter that promotes relaxation and stress reduction in the body – making Magnesium Bisglycinate a good choice for pre-bedtime supplementation to support restful sleep.

Magnesium Taurate contains an amino acid called taurine, which has a calming, neuroprotective, and anti-inflammatory effect in the brain. Taurine also appears to help the magnesium enter the brain. Researchers found that magnesium and taurine both work to lower elevated blood pressure, slow down the progress of cholesterol-induced atherogenesis, prevent heart arrhythmias as well as stabilize platelets. All of this exciting news for individuals with cardiovascular concerns.

In addition, it is gentle on the GI tract, making it unlikely to cause loose stool and diarrhoea.

Magnesium Chloride is often found in oil sprays for the body and in lotions, creams and bath flakes. Magnesium chloride is not actually an oil but derived from sea beds. It feels slippery because magnesium chloride is slightly alkaline when compared to water. Topical magnesium chloride is absorbed rapidly through the skin into the bloodstream which makes it ideal for those who cannot swallow tablets and capsules and for those who have low stomach acid.


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