Magnesium is a superstar essential mineral that we—quite literally—cannot function well without. Unfortunately, most of us are deficient in it, which manifests in some way, shape, or form. Think fatigue, sleeplessness, muscle pain, brain fog, poor memory, lack of motivation, poor digestion, weak bones, heart issues, nerve pain…the list goes on.
With a starring role in over 300 body functions, magnesium is a must-have part of our nutrition. The question is—which form of magnesium is best for you? Luckily, there are a lot of supplements on the market that have a blend of different forms of this amazing mineral so you can have a little of all the effects you need… and not too much of the one you don’t. Keep reading, it’ll be clear.
This type of magnesium is typically used as an antacid for indigestion or heartburn and is not recommended for long-term use. It causes the intestines to release water, softening up any, ehem, obstacles. For some people, this is absolutely great. But if you aren’t constipated, beware! You may want to stick close to the bathroom.
Natural Dead Sea Magnesium Oxide Tablets
This type of magnesium has many benefits and is more digestible than other types. It relieves stress and tension, lessens pain and muscle cramping (hello PMS), and effectively treats insomnia, which can lead to daytime sleepiness. It’s also good for bones, the heart, and exercise performance.
Blueberry Calm Ade
Better known for heart and nerve health, magnesium taurate is also a great supplement for healthy muscle function.
We mentioned magnesium oxide can loosen things up in the digestive department, but magnesium citrate takes the cake with that. It’s an excellent alternative to laxatives if bowel clearance is an issue—just don’t say we didn’t warn you. In fact, it’s often used for this exact reason prior to a colonoscopy. The more you know…
Also an effective laxative (sensing a theme here), magnesium sulfate has another great use—more commonly known to us as epsom salts. This form is a great soaking mineral for sprains, bruises, and muscle aches or discomfort. We don’t recommend swallowing it.
Magnesium carbonate is often found in a blended supplement, because it helps direct magnesium to the body. It’s also a great antacid for heartburn, indigestion, and upset stomach.
Magnesium Carbonate Powder
This type of magnesium is another great soaking magnesium, but it’s not the same as Epsom salt, like magnesium sulfate. These are heftier magnesium flakes, and more bioavailable to absorption by the body. These magnesium chloride flakes are great for deeply relaxing the body, relieving stress, and re-energizing the muscles. Perfect for a refreshing soak!
Kourtney x Barker Wellness Calm Magnesium Bath Flakes
Kourtney x Barker Wellness
This magnesium is essentially magnesium and malic acid together. It’s amazing at providing relief for chronic pain, improving exercise performance, and boosting energy.
Magnesium Malate Powder with Malic Acid
This magnesium type helps our body to better absorb magnesium in general. It can also improve muscular endurance, and prevent against certain tumors.
Magnesium Orotate Powder
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