If you’d like to know a little more about Magnesium and how a supplement may benefit you, here is some important information.
Magnesium is a mineral that is involved in many body functions, including maintaining bone strength and keeping the heartbeat steady. Magnesium is found in supplements, medications (e.g., antacids and laxatives), and foods—especially foods that are high in fibre (e.g., whole grains, raw leafy green vegetables, almonds, cashews, seafood, etc).
A deficiency in magnesium can cause symptoms such as restless legs, constipation, and muscle twitching. Magnesium supplements can help with these symptoms, and come in many different forms.
Certain medications can increase the risk of Magnesium deficiency, including diuretics and stomach acid reducers. Age, increased alcohol intake and type 2 diabetes can also increase the risk of deficiency.
You will see Magnesium supplements labelled in many different forms (i.e magnesium oxide, magnesium chloride, and magnesium bis-glycinate to name a few). Each type of Magnesium offers a different level of absorption and action, and therefore a different therapeutic use.
Currently, the most commonly recommended type of Mag is Magnesium bis-glycinate (or Magnesium glycinate), due to its superior absorption. The glycine molecule that the Mag is bound to, is naturally relaxing making this type of Mag most suitable for relaxation and calmness. Many find it helps with muscle cramping, twitching, or restless legs. It is also gentler on the stomach, with less laxative effects.
Magnesium citrate is found in Magnesium based laxatives as well as general supplements. Magnesium citrate’s high level of absorption makes it popular for Mag deficiency and overall health when used in lower doses. However, side effects can include diarrhea.
Magnesium Oxide isn’t typically used to treat magnesium deficiencies as it is poorly absorbed. However, it is used for heartburn, indigestion and constipation, as well as migraine prevention.
Certain medications may interact with Magnesium (i.e. some antibiotics, thyroid medications), so be sure to check with your pharmacist. Side effects are limited as long as the proper dose is taken, but may include digestive upset or diarrhea.
If you would like to discuss more about how a Magnesium supplement might benefit your overall health, please come by Pharmasave and chat with us!
Carolyn Croxall, RPh, Pharmacist
Carolyn has been a pharmacist in Huntsville for 16 years. She loves being a part of the local community and enjoys the outdoors and being active with her family. She looks forward to seeing old and new faces at Pharmasave.