Easton Bryant •

December 23, 2022

7 Types of Magnesium Supplements and What They’re Used For

Magnesium has been one of our top-selling supplements for a long time now, and that's for good reason. If your magnesium levels aren't optimal, you can be experiencing things like muscle spasms and cramps, headaches, fatigue, insomnia, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, poor memory, irritability, etc. But before you decide to supplement with magnesium, you need to learn about the different types of magnesium supplements and what they're used for. Watch Dr. Easton's video on what type of magnesium he recommends, or keep reading to learn more!

1. Chelated Magnesium / Magnesium Glycinate

chelated magnesium capsules in a north century pharmacy containerDr. Easton recommends chelated magnesium if you're experiencing the symptoms mentioned above. It can be thought of as a relaxation mineral to calm your muscles and relieve things like eye twitching and cramping. When you're deficient in this mineral, the chelated version is what you want to incorporate. Your body will tolerate and absorb it pretty well.

The chelated form that is most popular for us is magnesium glycinate and it is easily absorbed.

2. Magnesium Citrate

Magnesium citrate is a combination of magnesium and citric acid. This is one of the most readily available forms of the mineral, and it is one of the most easily absorbed forms. It is typically used for replenishing low magnesium levels and to treat constipation.

3. Magnesium Oxide

magnesium oxide powderAnother type of magnesium supplement you may consider is magnesium oxide. It's not typically used to treat low magnesium levels in the body because it's poorly absorbed by the digestive tract. Its purpose is to relieve uncomfortable digestive symptoms, like heartburn, indigestion, and constipation.

4. Magnesium Chloride

Magnesium chloride is another version of the mineral that's combined with chlorine to form salts. It's typically used in capsules or tablets, as well as topical products like lotions and ointments. The purpose of this type of magnesium is to treat low magnesium levels, heartburn, and constipation.

5. Magnesium Malate

magnesium malate pillsMagnesium malate is pretty unique because it's used as a food additive to create a sour taste. Since the body readily absorbs it fairly well, it can be used to replenish your mineral levels. Research shows that it is more gentle on digestive health, and it is recommended for people with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.

6. Magnesium Sulfate

You may know magnesium sulfate by another name: epsom salt. This type of magnesium supplement is typically used in baths to soothe muscles and joints while also relieving stress. Some forms of magnesium sulfate are edible, but most people find the flavor unpleasant, so they opt for different forms to consume.

7. Magnesium L-Threonate

neuromag supplement from north century pharmacyOne type of magnesium we need to talk about is L-Threonate. It's the only form of magnesium that is known to cross the blood brain barrier. This essential nutrient is vital to brain health in order to have healthy nervous system functions. You can find this form of magnesium in our NeuroMAG capsules, which helps improve magnesium brain levels, cognitive health, and more.

If you have been experiencing the unpleasant symptoms we mentioned earlier or you've been diagnosed with low magnesium levels by your doctor, you now know which supplement may help you the most. Thinking about adding more supplements to your daily routine? Check out our pharmacy shop, and find the right supplements for your needs!