Okay: maybe Marvel won’t create a superhero named Magnesium, but I think they should. This little supplement deserves a cape.
There’s no doubt that we’ve seen magnesium’s popularity soar over the last little while, and it definitely ticks a lot of boxes in terms of what it treats. But how do you know if it’s right for you? Today we’re going to talk about the types of magnesium supplements we see on the shelves and their many uses.
Magnesium is a natural mineral that our bodies are not capable of producing on their own. These types of minerals are called essential nutrients, and the only way to maintain optimal levels of essential nutrients in our bodies is through diet or supplementation. Diet is a great way to achieve the minimum-required dosage, but for more therapeutic results, the most efficient and effective way is through supplementation. (Unless, of course, there is a magnesium-enriched wine––then we would all be better off! Should this be my next move? Ha!) So, choosing the right form of magnesium is important in targeting the specific issues that concern you.
Magnesium covers a wide range of conditions: it not only works therapeutically, but it also helps keep our skin and hair looking on point. No matter the issue, this superhero supplement swoops down and comes to the rescue.
Let’s break it down:
Perhaps your biggest health concern is digestion and constipation. You’re going to look for Magnesium Citrate. Magnesium Citrate has high bioavailability, which means that most of it can be absorbed. It also contains a gentle laxative to help with constipation or before procedures.
If you’re concerned with calming the nervous system and getting a better night’s sleep, turn to Magnesium Glycinate, which is also highly absorbable, and it plays a role in the function of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical messenger in the brain that reduces anxiety.
If you have heartburn or need a laxative, then Magnesium Hydroxide can help. You may know it as milk of magnesium. Its ability to absorb is dependent on the level of acid in your stomach at any given time.
Or, let’s say you’re prone to headaches or migraines. Try Magnesium Citrate or Magnesium Oxide, both of which are highly bioavailable and have been proven to be very helpful in alleviating headaches and their associated symptoms.
If your skin is causing you concerns, a topical application of Magnesium Chloride is best. Often referred to as magnesium oil, Magnesium Chloride is very effectively absorbed through the skin. It not only helps with skin conditions; it also absorbs into the bloodstream and can benefit to your body, inside and out.
For your muscles, soak in Magnesium Sulfate, most commonly known as Epsom salts. It relaxes muscles and reduces spasms and strains.
Concerned with your cardiovascular health? Magnesium Orotate is your best bet––it’s easily absorbed and it doesn’t have a laxative effect, like other forms do. Magnesium Orotate helps maintain proper heart functioning and regulates blood pressure and vascular health.
Finally, if you’re experiencing low energy, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or Fibromyalgia, look to Magnesium Malate. Its specific form plays an important role in the production and function of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), or our body’s energy maker. ATP is believed to play a major role in combatting the effects of CFS and fibromyalgia.
This list of magnesium types is not comprehensive; there are definitely more forms of it and even more conditions they treat. As always, please speak to your health–care provider before you start popping pills!