10 Different Kinds of Magnesium and What They Do

Vitamins and Minerals

Magnesium gets a lot of press about its importance, and it’s true. Magnesium is a critical mineral and participates in about 300 different bodily functions. But did you know that there were different kinds of magnesium? Before you head to the store for a supplement, make sure you are getting the one to support YOUR body’s needs:


1. Magnesium Citrate: one of the most common forms found in most citrus fruits and gives it the tart flavor. Acts as a laxative so can be used for constipation


2. Magnesium Oxide: It is a white powdery form of magnesium and oxygen. It may not be well absorbed but can be used for digestive issues like heartburn, mild consitpation, and migraines


3. Magnesium Chloride: a salt that is very well absorbed in digestive tract, often used in baths.


4. Magnesium Lactate: Wonderful for leg cramps and menstrual relief


5. Magnesium Malate: helps to calm the nervous system, so is a good form for anxiety, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome


6. Magnesium Taurate: helps to regulate blood sugar and blood pressure


7. Magnesium Sulfate: aka Epsom salt, used in baths to relieve muscle soreness


8. Magnesium L-Threonate: new studies promising help for depression and Alzheimer


9. Magesium Glycerinate: sleep aid, calming properties, treats inflammation


10. Magnesium Orotate: Used to treat heart disease and energy production within cells


Foods highest in magnesium: spinach, squash, pumpkin seeds, tuna, brown rice, almonds. lima beans , avocado, bananas, and dark chocolate