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Magnesium supplement types – Mercola Sept 2015

"Up to 80% of Americans are Not Getting Enough of this Essential Nutrient. Where Do You Stand?"*

Article includes the following table

Magnesium supplementCharacteristics
Magnesium glycinateA chelated form of magnesium that tends to provide effective levels of absorption and bioavailability.
Magnesium oxideA non-chelated form of magnesium bound to an organic acid or fatty acid. Contains up to 60% elemental magnesium and has stool-softening properties.
Magnesium chloride/ Magnesium lactateContains only about 12% elemental magnesium but tends to have better absorption capabilities than magnesium oxide which has 5 times the magnesium.
Henry Lahore, Admin of VitaminDWiki takes MgCl - both orally and topically
Magnesium sulfate/ Magnesium hydroxideThese are typically used as laxatives. Milk of Magnesia is an example of this type of magnesium. Since magnesium hydroxide can have up to 42% elemental magnesium, caution is required here not to take too much.
Magnesium carbonateThis form of magnesium has antacid properties and can contain from 29-45% elemental magnesium.
Magnesium taurateThis contains a combination of magnesium and taurine (an amino acid) that together may provide a calming effect on the body and mind.
Magnesium citrateThis is a form of magnesium with citric acid which has laxative properties. This can contain up to 16% elemental magnesium.
Magnesium threonateThis newer, emerging type of magnesium supplement has shown great promise in absorption, as well as potential tissue and cell membrane penetration
Mercola recommends and sells threonate.

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