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Choose Your Magnesium Supplements Wisely

Supplementsand the supplement industry in generallyregularly gets a bad rep. But, if theres a supplement that has proven highly effective for various health benefits its magnesium.

Magnesium is necessary for all sorts of things related to your health. In fact, it is required for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body: Its needed for proper nerve, brain and muscular function, for good heart function, for memory, and for temperature regulation. It also helps in the formation of healthy bones and plays a role in improving insulin sensitivity. 

And, one its biggest claims to fame is it helps with getting a good nights rest! In fact, one of the consequences of magnesium deficiency is insomnia.

All this is to say, if youre not getting enough magnesium, your body will be in trouble in a hurry. 

Some of the more serious signs and symptoms of magnesium deficiency include: muscle twitches and cramps, osteoporosis, fatigue and muscle weakness, high blood pressure, asthma and a irregular heartbeat.

Read more about magnesium deficiency, both mild and severe, here.

So we know magnesium is essential for good health and is one of the supplements I would recommend you take (even if youre not deficient); however, its important to note that not all magnesium supplements are created equal.

In short, there are two types of magnesium supplementsSalts and chelates. The salt form is very cheap to manufactureand relatively cheap to purchasewhere as chelates are bonded to amino acids, and are considerably more pricey.

As expected, you want to avoid the salt forms. Theyre cheap, but they might do more damage than good as theyre difficult for the body to absorb and digest, meanwhile your body recognizes chelates as amino acids, so theyre much easier to both absorb and digest.

As a sidenote, you need to take much more of the salt form as the chelate form to get the same effect, so you would end up having to spend a lot more money anyway, so dont cheap out on your magnesium: Go for the chelate form. 

In light of the above, according to the late world-renowned Strength Sensei Charles Poliquin, two good magnesium supplement brands include:

  • Quadramagthis product has four types of highly-absorbable magnesium chelates, as well as an active form of Vitamin B.
  • SynerMag

Read more from Poliquin here.


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