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.