There are so many different forms of magnesium on the market, however, not all of them provide the desired benefits and some may actually do more harm than good. When buying a magnesium supplement from a store or pharmacy, there are so many different supplements available all under the same – “Magnesium”. This is extremely deceptive as not all forms of magnesium have the same effects and many forms can actually cause digestive distress, resulting in nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea in some people. Magnesium glycinate is the form that I commonly prescribe for my patients, it is formed from elemental magnesium and the amino acid glycine. Your body employs this amino acid in protein construction. This means that magnesium glycinate is one of the most absorbable forms of magnesium capsules or powder you can take; it is far gentler on the body than other forms less likely to have a laxative effect. This means that it is a good choice if you want to raise your levels quickly without causing digestive disruptions. Glycine is often used as a standalone dietary supplement to improve sleep and treat a variety of inflammatory conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. It has calming properties and may help reduce anxiety, depression, stress and insomnia. This paired with the powerful health benefits of magnesium means that magnesium glycinate is a great supplement, that is still suitable to more sensitive bodies.
The other form of magnesium that we use in the clinic is magnesium chloride, as part of our Sol for the Soul magnesium range of bath salts and sprays. By absorbing the magnesium through your skin, the body is able to take up as much magnesium as it requires. This is particularly beneficial for muscle fatigue and soreness, as well as helping with relaxation and sleep. This form of magnesium is suitable for all patients and is not linked to causing any bodily distress.
Another popular type of magnesium is magnesium citrate. It is easily absorbed by your body and is mainly used to raise magnesium levels and treat constipation. However, this means that it can cause disruptions to the digestive system, and may actually be harmful to patients. Magnesium oxide is commonly used to relieve digestive complaints like heartburn and constipation. However, the body is unable to absorb it well and is therefore extremely ineffective in raising magnesium levels in the body. This means that some patients may receive no benefit from this form of supplement, and it may even cause digestive problems for some. Other forms of magnesium are beneficial for a wide range of health issues; however, they are unable to treat the issues normally associated with magnesium supplements. For example, magnesium taurate may be the best form for managing high blood sugar and high blood pressure. Whereas, magnesium L-threonate supports brain health, potentially aiding the treatment of disorders like depression and memory loss.
For more information on what type of magnesium is right for your body, make a consultation with Dr Marina or visit www.solbydrmarina.com to learn about our range.