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    Magnesium Supplementation

    I was told by my doctor to supplement vitamin D in my diet. I was also told that Magnesium is necessary for the body to properly utilize the vitamin D.

    I bought a 1000mg vitamin D3 supplement and a 250mg Magensium supplement. It is made of Magnesium Oxide. Is there a better type of Magnesium I should have purchased or is this a good kind? I've heard there are a few to choose from and I want to make sure I didn't screw this up.

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    Sorry, Magnesium Oxide is not very bio-available (but it is the cheapest ).

    Magnesium Orotate is the best, although pricey. Magnesium Citrate and Magnesium Chloride are nearly as good.
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    Magnesium glycinate is very bioavailable and reasonably priced:

    Amazon.com: Source Naturals Magnesium Bis-Glycinate, 120 Tablets: Health & Personal Care

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    PHD recommends Doctors Best High Absorption Magnesium among others. This is what I have started taking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dizzyorange View Post
    Magnesium glycinate is very bioavailable and reasonably priced:

    Amazon.com: Source Naturals Magnesium Bis-Glycinate, 120 Tablets: Health & Personal Care
    That's what I understand as well. I think any -ate is better than any -ide, but I do glycinate specifically.

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    I use the powdered magnesium citrate. It tastes good in plain water, and it's cheap - and it WORKS, both for cramps and for BM.
    Steak, eggs, potatoes - fruits, nuts, berries and forage. Coconut milk and potent herbs and spices. Tea instead of coffee now and teeny amounts of kelp daily. Let's see how this does! Not really had dairy much, and gut seems better for it.

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    Thank goondess for magnesium citrate. I woke up from period cramps last night and a little less than a teaspoon put me back to sleep like a baby, and it has vastly reduced my day cramps as well.

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    I use Magnesium citrate.

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    Any chelate is fine: that means anything ending in "-ate".

    Magnesium Citrate
    Magnesium Malate
    Magnesium Glycinate
    Magnesium Orotate

    Citrate is generally cheapest, but has the greatest laxative effect. Malate is usually the next cheapest, and it's what I take. Orotate tends to be expensive for some reason. All of them are well-absorbed.

    Often taking some or all of it before bed can help you sleep.

    Magnesium oxide, I'm sorry to say, is basically worthless: less than 10% of it is actually absorbed.

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    I just ordered a bunch of citrate, so hopefully that works well for me. The last magnesium suppliment I took was a mixture of citrate, taurinate, malate, glycinate, and succinate. It worked pretty well for me, but I don't see any real reason for the complexity.
    I wish I liked to eat liver.

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