Did you know magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body. Magnesium is involved in over 300 functions in the body including muscle and nerve function, blood sugar regulation, managing blood pressure, improving sleep, increases energy levels and improves mood. Magnesium can also help regulate hormones, decrease stress, improve hair and nails and plays a vital role in digestive health. Low levels of magnesium have been linked to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, mood disorders and migraines. This mineral is easy to replace with a balanced diet finding adequate amounts in green leafy vegetables, nuts, seed and legumes yet most Americans do not meet their needed amount through diet. But don’t run to the nearest pharmacy or vitamin shop and grab the first bottle of magnesium you can find. Due to the many types of magnesium it’s best to consult a medical professional to establish the best form for your specific needs.
Magnesium citrate is a natural laxative to treat severe constipation but use caution when using a little can have a huge result and it can cause dehydration.
Magnesium Oxide this form of magnesium is poor absorbed in the body and typically not used to treat magnesium deficiencies. It can be used for short term treatment for heartburn, indigestion or constipation. Using this treatment for indigestion or heartburn only masks the symptoms for temporary improvement. Reversal of heartburn is key and should be the key in treatment.
Magnesium chloride is the most common form found in creams and lotions to help with sore muscles.
Magnesium lactate is mostly found as food additives to balance acid and to fortify foods. Some studies have shown this form to help with stress and anxiety.
Magnesium malate is well absorbed in the digestive track and is said to be more gentle having less laxative effects than other forms. This type has beens shown to help patients with chronic fatigue syndrome, or fibromyalgia.
Magnesium L-threonate helps support brain health making it perfect for treatment of depression and memory loss.
Magnesium taurate is the best option to manage blood sugar and high blood pressure.
Magnesium sulfate also known as Epsom salt is typically used for sore muscles as a soak. Also can be used for wound treatment soaks.
Magnesium glycinate is known for its calming properties. Perfect to treat anxiety, depression and insomnia.
Magnesium orotate may improve heart health by improving heart and blood vessel tissue but more research is necessary to make this conclusion.
M. Kennedy is a family Nurse Practitioner with a combined 24 years of nursing experience.Before starting a new supplement consult your doctor, do not use this blog as medical advice. Intended for informative uses only.