Which magnesium supplement is right for you? We’re breaking down the different types of magnesium supplementation and how to best get it absorbed into the body to reap all of its health benefits!
Benefits of Magnesium?
Heart – Magnesium transports electrolytes in your body, specifically calcium and potassium. Muscles are then able to fire in their proper ways, so having the right amount of magnesium levels impacts your heart, including blood pressure.
Muscles – Having enough magnesium plays a role in relaxing muscles due to its role as an electrolyte, affecting nerve function within the nervous system. It also plays an important role in how the digestive system functions.
Deficiency – Most of the population is deficient in magnesium, especially if you are taking a diuretic, a PPI (protein pump inhibitor), or some form of antacid because they strip it out of the system.
Different Types and Which to Take
Magnesium itself needs a vehicle to transport it into your body and get absorbed. This can be in the form of a magnesium-rich diet or by utilizing a dietary supplement. Each vehicle used will have different effects.
This very common form is magnesium that’s attached to citric acid. Magnesium citrate is the most beneficial form when dealing with constipation, as it has the greatest effect on the digestive tract. This natural laxative helps speed up digestion and can be found in powder form.
This has a bit less of a laxative effect but is a form that you can use for the intake of magnesium for the digestive system. It’s a little bit more unclean and may not be the top choice, but you’ll still get a little bit of laxative effect with glycinate.
Magnesium attached to chloride typically comes in an oil form and is especially beneficial when rubbed into the skin to relieve cramping or sore muscles. Absorbing magnesium oil straight through the skin is a very effective way to get the effects of magnesium into your system especially in concentrated areas that might be bothering you.
It’s not what you take … it’s what you absorb. Threnoate has the unique ability to cross the blood-brain barrier which makes it a very absorbable & bioavailable vehicle to get more magnesium in. It has also been shown to help with concentration!
Traditionally, this form has been used for heart health but we are now finding out that it has a few side effects & may not be the cleanest form. Threonate and citrate would potentially be a better option.
This natural form of magnesium is found in the magnesium-rich foods we eat.
Those are all the sources of magnesium that you can take regularly to help support your heart, your muscles, and your digestive system, and combat magnesium deficiency.