Funnily enough, someone asked me the other day about Magnesium, saying that during a visit to the neurologist, they were told to consider taking it as a supplement. Unfortunately, the doctor didn’t talk about any particular type of magnesium, just mentioned it as a suggestion for relaxation and anti-anxiety. What would have been even more helpful? Recommending Magnesium Glycinate as a supplement.
Known among functional nutritionists as a particularly absorptive form of the essential nutrient, Magnesium Glycinate also doesn’t have the laxative effects that other types (oxide and citrate) can. It’s also a good form to take to reduce inflammation and improve sleep, along with being helpful for alleviating anxiety.
You could use it to boost your magnesium levels quickly – which also helps prevent the vestibular migraines most often brought on through stress, lack of sleep, and dehydration.
Magnesium Taurate (taurine being the bonded amino acid) is another form studied that’s shown to help with migraine prevention. Consider that when you’re evaluating what type to take, especially if you’re struggling with high blood sugar levels and cardiovascular issues.
While I frequently hear Magnesium Citrate widely recommended as a general magnesium supplement due to it being well-absorbed and super easy to find, the flip side is that taking the recommended dose can be laxative. Of course, that’s a good thing if you’re constipated due to other medications or having given birth recently. You can reduce the daily dose to see if that makes a difference. Be prepared for the larger pill size, too.
The overall takeaway is that Magnesium is an essential nutrient. Our bodies’ very building blocks need it to function well, and as you can see from my last few articles, different forms have different uses. Not all types are created equal, and some may be contraindicative with certain medications or conditions.
That’s why I encourage you to work with a professional holistic nutrition counselor to ensure that you’re choosing the one that will best work for your needs. Avoid under- or overdoing it with your magnesium intake just like you would with any other supplements. If you’ve not taken magnesium because you have trouble swallowing pills, be sure to check my dispensary for powders, as those are gaining popularity.