Let’s use a simple analogy. If gasoline fuels the car, the key starts the engine. Oxygen is the fuel for the body, and magnesium is the electrical starter. Most illness is associated with magnesium deficiency, from cancer to depression. Magnesium (Mg) provides electrical stability for cells in the body. When the body is Mg deficient, individuals can experience sleeping difficulties, muscle spasms/pain, anxiety/depression, infertility/PMS, headaches and fatigue.

Getting Mg into the body should be a combination of foods, such as almonds, spinach, avocado, brown rice, pumpkin seeds, banana, chard; as well as supplements for a short period until Mg deficiency has been reduced or eliminated within the body. This can take anywhere from 30-60-90+ days depending on other health issues within the body.

HOWEVER, Mg is not one size fits all. There are specific Mg uses for different ailments.

Mg Threonate
Formulated for brain health
May help to diminish symptoms of hyperactivity, depression, anxiety, and other brain-related disorders
Improves memory
Demonstrated restoration of function in aging neurons in animal studies
The only form of magnesium that significantly increases levels of magnesium in the brain

Mg Glycinate
Made from magnesium and the amino acid glycine
Promotes relaxation and reduces anxiety/depression
Easily absorbed
May improve leaky gut and reduce nerve pain

Mg Malate
Made from magnesium and the organic compound malic acid
Improves energy levels
Reduces muscle pain
May counteract heavy metals

Mg Oxide
Relieves constipation and acid reflux
Can help regulate blood pressure
May reduce cholesterol

Mg Orotate
Well absorbed
Improves athletic performance and recovery
Improves cardiovascular health

Mg Chloride
Supports healthy nervous system function and the body’s detox system
Provides high bioavailability (absorption)

Mg Sulfate
Promotes relaxation
Improves sleep
Can help ease constipation
Helps the body to eliminate toxins

Mg Taurate
Made from magnesium and the amino acid taurine
Supports cardiovascular health
Assists in relieving anxiety


This popular type of magnesium is used most frequently to keep users regular. While it does ease constipation, the way in which it does it isn’t the best for us.

Mg citrate actually pulls water into your intestines, which can lead to dehydration. What’s worse, this type of magnesium can reduce ceroplasmin levels, leading to mineral imbalances and deficiencies.


Mg Hydroxide– Like Mg Citrate, Mg Hydroxide moves the bowels by drawing water into the colon. In addition, side effects include nausea, fatigue, and loss of appetite.

Mg Aspartate and Glutamate– Because the amino acids aspartate and glutamate are excitotoxins, it’s important they do not become imbalanced. While consuming them as part of a complete protein with numerous other amino acids in foods like collagen is ok, it is not wise to supplement them independent of other amino acids.

Looking for more info on absorption? Visit