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The Best Magnesium Supplement for You: A Breakdown of the Different Forms and Uses

The Best Magnesium Supplement for You: A Breakdown of the Different Forms and Uses

Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a role in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Getting enough magnesium ensures your body can function optimally. Supplementing with magnesium can provide targeted benefits depending on which form you choose.

Magnesium Glycinate 

Magnesium glycinate (magnesium bound with glycine) is one of the most bioavailable and absorbable forms of magnesium supplementation [1]. Glycine is an amino acid that helps transport magnesium effectively across cell membranes. Magnesium glycinate has been shown to:

  • Improve sleep quality by helping regulate melatonin production [2]
  • Reduce anxiety levels by activating GABA receptors in the brain [3]
  • Relax muscle tissue and relieve soreness after exercise [4]
  • Support energy levels and combat fatigue [5]

Magnesium L-Threonate

Magnesium threonate is a form of magnesium that effectively crosses the blood-brain barrier. Studies show magnesium threonate can:

  • Enhance learning abilities and improve memory due to its neuroprotective effects [6]
  • Increase levels of magnesium in the brain to support cognitive function [7]
  • Help prevent neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s [8]

Magnesium Citrate 

Magnesium citrate has an additional citric acid molecule that gives it natural laxative properties. Magnesium citrate is recommended for:

  • Treating and preventing constipation by drawing water into the intestines [9]
  • Cleansing the bowels as part of preparations for medical procedures [10]

Magnesium Chloride 

Magnesium chloride, often called magnesium oil, is used topically by spraying or massaging into the skin. Magnesium chloride is known to:

  • Reduce muscle cramps, aches and soreness [11]
  • Lessen pain and speed recovery from sports injuries [12]
  • Improve skin hydration, reduce inflammation and treat acne [13]

When choosing a magnesium supplement, consider which form best aligns with your health goals and needs. Work with your doctor to find the optimal magnesium dosage and type for your wellbeing.


Disclaimer: This article provides general information about wound care and is not intended as individual medical advice. Please consult a healthcare provider for any specific health concerns or treatment.

Stay tuned for more insightful content on the role of nutrition in health and healing from Condition Directed Supplements.

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