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What is the Best Magnesium Supplement

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There are Many Forms of Magnesium, Which is Best for You?

 What Is The Best Magnesium Supplement?

There are many options for magnesium supplementation. There are pills, capsules, powders and liquid drops. If you want a topical product which absorbs through the skin instead of a supplement there are lotions, sprays and good, old-fashioned Epsom Salt.  With so many vital benefits to using magnesium and so many options available, here is a guide to figure out what is the best magnesium supplement for you.

Delivery Form vs Elemental Form of Magnesium

There are two different ways to classify magnesium products. One is by the form of delivery such as capsule, powder, drop or lotion. The other type of classification is based on the elemental form of magnesium. This is important since different forms of magnesium are better for certain health conditions and certain sensitivities. First we will address these different forms of magnesium and then get into the different delivery methods such as supplement or topical.

Elemental Forms of Magnesium for Different Needs

There are many elemental forms of magnesium. The products linked further down this post include Magnesium Glycinate (capsules and powder), Magnesium Chloride (drops and lotion as well as spray) and Sulphate (Epsom Salt for soaking). If you are interested in other elemental forms listed here such as magnesium taurate for heart conditions, just click any of the links further down this post. They will all take you to Amazon where you can type the form you are interested in such as “magnesium taurate” in the search bar.

Chloride: This form is easy to find and is said to be the most bioavailable form of magnesium. This means it is easy for the body to absorb.

Glycinate: Good for people with sensitive digestion. Less likely to cause a laxative effect. Can be good for nerve pain.

Taurate: Best form of magnesium for heart disease, irregular heart beat and high blood pressure though all forms are helpful for these conditions etc. Can also be good for nerve pain.

Malate: Said to be useful for chronic fatigue and fibromayalgia due to the combination of magneisum and malic acid. May also help remove heavy metals from the body.

Sulphate (Epsom Salt): This is a very old remedy for aching muscles and sore feet used in a bath or foot soak. It is also used to draw out toxins, infections and splinters.

Forms of Magnesium I Do NOT Recommend:

Oxide: Common and cheap. This is the form found often in multivitamins. It is not well absorbed by the body.

Citrate: A common and readily available form of magnesium. The problem with this form is that it also lowers amounts of the enzyme ceruloplasmin which regulates levels of other minerals in the body. The powder drink Natural Calm is made from magnesium citrate. There is also concern over it containing arsenic. For these reasons I recommend a different magnesium powder here made from magnesium glycinate. See below.

Recommended Magnesium Supplement Brand Options

Pills and Capsules and Powders: Common with many forms available. Capsules may be more absorbable than pills. This is the brand I used before I moved on to the drops below:

Powders: Readily absorbable but some common brands are made with cheaper forms of magnesium that may be harder on the digestion of sensitive individuals.

Ionic Liquid Drops: Most readily absorbable form available but fewer brands to choose from. I use drops now and no longer take any magnesium pills. Here is the brand I use:

Topical Magnesium Products

Lotions: This is a good choice if you don’t take any pills or capsules and want a targeted application. Lotions will also not affect digestion for those with very sensitive systems. Downsides of lotions can be irritation for sensitive skin and less convenience as you have to wait for it to dry before putting clothes on. It is also important to find a high quality brand without dangerous heavy metals from low quality sources.This is a very high quality brand that I have used:

Spray: Similar to lotion, this can be a good option for someone who prefers a topical form of magnesium. Unlike lotion, it drys faster as well.

Epsom Salt: This is the most readily available and a very affordable option. It can be used for baths or soaking feet. This is not a good option for someone with a busy schedule however or who can’t take baths. A different form may be easier to use on a daily basis. If you enjoy a nice, warm soak this might be a great option however. There is nothing to ingest and it is less irritating than other topical options.

I don’t take baths anymore but a foot soak is great! There are many, many brands out there for epsom salt. I like the scented varieties by Dr. Teal’s brand with essential oils like lavender, mint and eucalyptus. Here is a link to all the Dr. Teal’s products on Amazon.  There are relaxing, moisturizing and other formulas.

Why Do You Need More Magnesium?

Magnesium is necessary for over 300 processes in the body. It helps the body deal with stress, helps blood flow, arteries stay flexible, keep blood pressure in check, and allows the heart to pump. It prevents muscle cramps and migraines. It allows all the organs in the body to function. Magnesium is considered the single most important nutrient in the body. It is necessary for life. The majority of Americans and people and many others are have magnesium levels that are too low. These levels do not show up on standard blood tests since the body will leach magnesium out of the bones and organs to keep the level high enough in the blood stream. There are many reasons we have dangerously low magnesium levels now. You can read about them here. Causes of Low Magnesium Levels?

Which Form of Magnesium Will You Try?

So if you are trying to figure out what the best magnesium supplement is, the answer is really “it depends”.  If you have especially sensitive digestion you may want to choose Magnesium Glycinate, a topical product or epsom salt. Someone with heart disease such as arrhythmia would do well to choose Magnesium Taurate which is especially beneficial for the heart. However, all forms of magnesium will be helpful. You don’t need a specific form for a specific condition. It is best to chose the form you like and can take daily. If you prefer a liquid for convenience, then go with the Ionic Drops.

Whichever form you prefer will be beneficial for the hundreds of processes in the body that require magnesium as well as easing sore muscles, cramps, inflammation, stress and even migraines.  Luckily, there is not one superior product.  Pick the best form for you. That is the best magnesium supplement.

Please leave me your comments or questions below! I would love to hear from you.

Jessica

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18 Comments

  1. Stefan Vogt

    Hi and thanks for this great informative post about magnesium.

    I think I’ll try these drops as well, due to easy intake and good absorbing by the body.

    I think when working in the office all day, sitting down and staring at the screen it is not bad to use magnesium supplements 🙂

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Yes, thanks Stefan. I prefer the drops now since I can put my magnesium, zinc and potassium drops all in the glass of water and take them at once. It is nice to skip all those pills. The magnesium doesn’t even taste bad. I agree. We need all the help we can get!

      I recommend you start with a smaller dosage and work your way up if you have not taken magnesium before. I am fine with the dose on the bottle but some people are more sensitive to it.

      Jessica

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  2. Sarah

    This is very interesting! I recently learned how low level of magnesium also affects our sleep too, so this really caught my eye! I think I would personally go for drops or lotion, and/or sprays. Anything other than pills, since I find it difficult for me to take. Thank you for the info!

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Sarah,
      Yes, I take a lot of pills and I was so happy to find alternatives for magnesium as well as other supplements. I now take magnesium, potassium and zinc drops all by the same brand in water all at the same time. That eliminates a lot of pills! If you have sensitive skin I would recommend the drops. If you have a very sensitive stomach I would try the lotion or spray or Epsom Salt. I have a sensitive stomach and I am find with the drops mixed in a glass of water however and it is faster than waiting for the lotion to dry.

      Thanks for your comment,
      Jessica

      Reply
  3. Keisi

    Hola Jessica!

    Very informative article. I will return to see what other posts you have. How often should I return? When will you start a newsletter?

    Reply
    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Keisi,
      Thank you for your interest. I have not started a newsletter but based on your interest maybe I should! I will try to remember to let you know when I do. I will try to add a new post once every week to 2 weeks. I have a pet health site as well, http://www.thrivingcat.com and I am alternating writing posts between the two sites.

      Thank you so much for stopping by!
      Jessica

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  4. Joo

    Thank you for such an informative article. I am recently just looking into supplementing with magnesium for two of my children with eczema. Your post has helped to make my direction clearer. They were already using epsom salt baths occasionally, which seems to have helped somewhat with their detox.

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Joo,
      Thank you for stopping by. If they don’t have sensitive skin you can use the lotion or spray but I had trouble with the lotion stinging a bit. That is why I just use the supplements now. However, now that my levels are up I might not be as sensitive to the lotion.

      The easiest supplement to try for kids would probably be the powder or drops mixed in water or any other beverage. The drops have hardly any flavor so they could be mixed in anything. There is a bit of a mineral flavor but it isn’t too strong. I take zinc drops by the same brand and those are strong! Zinc is very good for skin conditions as you probably know. I have to take a smaller dose of the zinc however since it is hard on my stomach unless I have food.

      I hope you find something that works well!
      Jessica

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  5. Mercy

    Hello Jessica,
    This is Awesome and for sure Magnesium for me has worked really well, i used to be very tired, and my body had reached to a point where when i sat down i would not want to stand up again,Due to too much fatigue. Until my cousin bought for me Magnesium. After taking the Supplement ! everything changed and i became so energetic and very active and i will forever be grateful to what she did for me.Thank you for sharing this information on the best magnesium supplement.

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Mercy,
      I am so glad Magnesium worked for you and your sister gave you some! It made a huge difference for me for muscle cramps, headaches and many other issues.
      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your story,

      Jessica

      Reply
  6. Amy

    Thanks for such valuable information about Magnesium. I always thought I had to take it with Calcium, but I see that maybe I don’t. Since I often live with a tremendous amount of stress, I am thinking it’s time to start taking Magnesium. Is it true that it helps to sleep? I love the lotion or spray idea. Interesting info about Nature Calm. Whole Foods carries it, and it always looks so tempting — of course the name is alluring to me — but I’m not interested in the arsenic issues! In reading your other post on the causes of low magnesium levels, I’ve learned that am your perfect example of this — hitting all the criteria. Time to order some, and thanks for some great suggestions!

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Amy,
      It is not a bad idea to take it with calcium in theory, but many people already get more than enough calcium so they need extra magnesium to catch up. If you drink a lot of milk, eat dairy or take calcium supplements already, you probably do not need to take it with calcium. Of course I am not a doctor, but that is my understanding.

      If you want something like Nature Calm you could try the other powder I have listed in the post. I think it is lemon lime flavor, much like the Nature Calm. I but you are a good candidate for magnesium since most Americans are!

      Thank you for stopping by and for your thoughts!
      Jessica

      Reply
  7. Jill

    Hi Jessica,
    Thank you for all the wonderful information on magnesium. Can see how good it is for us.

    Reply
    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Jill,
      Yes, it is very important for many reasons. Thanks for stopping by.
      Jessica

      Reply
  8. louise

    I absolutely love your posts. All you articles are so in depth. Always find my self returning back. Thank you 🙂

    Reply
    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Louise,

      I am glad you find this information useful and come back! Thank you for stopping by,
      Jessica

      Reply
  9. Swaroop

    Hello Jessica,

    Can I directly buy from Amazon and use them?? Did they deliver best medicine. I am 23 which one do you prefer .

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Swaroop. Yes, you can order these anytime from Amazon. Just click any of the links or pictures in the post here to go to Amazon. If you don’t mind taking pills the capsules are easy to use and I used them for years. If you don’t want to take pills or capsules then I would recommend the Trace Minerals brand drops that go in water. The drops are what I use now.

      Jessica

      Reply

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