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    What kind should I take, how much, and what brand is good? There are so many different kinds and I want to know which one benefit me the most.

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    Originally posted by Hawaiigirl View Post
    What kind should I take, how much, and what brand is good? There are so many different kinds and I want to know which one benefit me the most.
    You want a variety ending in "-ate." What you're going to see most is magnesium oxide. Keep looking until you find something that's not that. Check the ingredients, because some will be a mixture of oxide and some other variety. I use magnesium malate, but it was a chore to find.

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    • #3
      I use Now Foods magnesium citrate powder. No extra ingredients and it's pretty cheap (~$6 for 8 ounces) NOW Foods - Magnesium Citrate - 8 oz

      I started by taking 0.5 tsp as anything above that seemed to cause diarrhea. But lately I've been taking a full teaspoon with no ill effect. Others on the forum have pointed out the importance of using super-hot (basically boiling) water to make sure it fizzes when you mix it. Not sure why that's so important. Also, I always have a gritty percipitate that forms and I don't know what it is.

      Other use Natural Calm. It's more expensive, but supposedly works really well.

      Just avoid magnesium oxide. It's absorbed very poorly.

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      • #4
        I have a Jamieson bottle of capsules that just says "Magnesium," no -ate or -ide. Is this good or bad?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by yodiewan View Post
          I use Now Foods magnesium citrate powder. No extra ingredients and it's pretty cheap (~$6 for 8 ounces) NOW Foods - Magnesium Citrate - 8 oz
          I didn't know it came in a powdered form and without fillers; thanks for mentioning this. I have the pills, but have to chew them up (yeah, yuck) because swallowing is hard for me. I may need to start shopping online or at least find a bigger health food store to stop at. The one I go to now has such a small selection.
          I'm retraining and strengthening my taste buds, one primal meal at a time.

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          • #6
            I take 800 mg magnesium citrate/day
            I sleep like a friggin boulder thanks to it, and it helps curb my chocolate cravings
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            • #7
              Originally posted by unchatenfrance View Post
              I have a Jamieson bottle of capsules that just says "Magnesium," no -ate or -ide. Is this good or bad?
              Is this the stuff you use? It looks like it's a mixture of oxide and the -ates.
              I'm retraining and strengthening my taste buds, one primal meal at a time.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Heidi View Post
                Is this the stuff you use? It looks like it's a mixture of oxide and the -ates.
                Yep, that's the one. Why is the -ate preferable to -ide?

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                • #9
                  I use Natural Calm, tablespoon am and pm but do have diarrhea issues which I would like to resolve
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Scotty View Post
                    I use Natural Calm, tablespoon am and pm but do have diarrhea issues which I would like to resolve
                    Have you tried using mag oil instead? That way you can bypass the bowels issue all together. I do a mix of mag oil and natural calm because of the same issue. I apply a mag chloride oil in the a.m. and do a small does of natural calm in the evening.
                    For lots of tasty recipes, check out my blog -http://lifeasadreger.wordpress.com/

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by supersellen View Post
                      Have you tried using mag oil instead? That way you can bypass the bowels issue all together. I do a mix of mag oil and natural calm because of the same issue. I apply a mag chloride oil in the a.m. and do a small does of natural calm in the evening.
                      Can you tell me more? Form and brand of oil? Is oil still mag citrate? Do you mix the two together?
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Scotty View Post
                        Can you tell me more? Form and brand of oil? Is oil still mag citrate? Do you mix the two together?
                        The oil is Magnesium chloride, which you spray directly onto your skin. While called an "oil" it is actually just a brine. I currently use Life-flo Pure Magnesium Oil, which is very reasonably priced on amazon. I just strip down, spray onto my skin, rub in everywhere and then wait at least a half hour to shower if I am doing so. Skin applications is one of the most efficient ways to take magnesium. The Natural Calm is citrate and is a powder desolved in warm water and drank. I mainly take it because I enjoy the effects on my sleep.
                        For lots of tasty recipes, check out my blog -http://lifeasadreger.wordpress.com/

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                        • #13
                          Swanson Premium Magnesium Citrate 8 oz (227 grams) Pwdr - Swanson Health Products

                          This is what I'm using. Magnesium+zinc+b6 gives me great sleep and a nice test boost, the b6 probably isn't necessary, it causes strange dreams though.
                          Ye shall know them by their fruits.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by supersellen View Post
                            The oil is Magnesium chloride, which you spray directly onto your skin. While called an "oil" it is actually just a brine. I currently use Life-flo Pure Magnesium Oil, which is very reasonably priced on amazon. I just strip down, spray onto my skin, rub in everywhere and then wait at least a half hour to shower if I am doing so. Skin applications is one of the most efficient ways to take magnesium. The Natural Calm is citrate and is a powder desolved in warm water and drank. I mainly take it because I enjoy the effects on my sleep.
                            Ok thanks.
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                            • #15
                              I take this stuff Magnesium Taurate by Cardiovascular Research - CV-1206 - at The Vitamin Shoppe

                              Expensive relative to other kinds but no adverse affects. Search the forum for some more in depth commentary on the whole magnesium thing.
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