There are a variety of Magnesium nutrient supplements on the market and each of these are targeted to address a certain symptom. But what exactly is Magnesium and why would someone need to ensure they have enough within their diet? How would someone know which is the right form to take? The best education you can get is consulting your local Nutritionist in Orange County.


Magnesium is an essential nutrient that the body uses and needs to regulate most normal functions of the body such as your muscles, nervous system, energy production, blood pressure and even blood sugar. It is important to be sure that you have enough Magnesium in your diet because is very critical to your day to day body functions. Shockingly enough, about eighty percent of the population is deficient. Those that have been diagnosed with celiac disease, type two diabetes, or are on prescription medication are the most vulnerable to this deficiency.


Adults should be consuming about 300-400 milligrams of Magnesium per day and we should be able to get most of this through the foods we eat. High amounts can be found in several foods. Your local Nutritionists would recommend consuming more foods like:

  • Cooked Beans
  • Cashews
  • Almonds
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Dark, leafy greens


When the proper amounts of Magnesium are incorporated into your diet, you will truly notice the benefits it has on your body for example,, limiting constipation and allowing for regular bowel movements, proper muscle function, limiting of migraines, helping to lower high blood pressure, promote insulin resistance, help with depression, and anxiety, as well as can lower ones risk of type 2 diabetes.


Many people are deficient in this mineraltherefore, over the counter supplements are offered for consumption. Consulting your local Orange County Nutritionist will help identify exactly which form of Magnesium you should take. Simply put, each type of magnesium has different benefits.  Below is a list of the types of magnesium that are available.

Magnesium Chloride – Heartburn, constipation, sore muscles

  • Magnesium Citrate – Constipation, migraines, mood swings, anxiety, depression, restless leg syndrome, and good for kids that may need help settling down at night
  • Magnesium Glycinate – Insomnia, stress, anxiety
  • Magnesium Lactate – Mild digestive issues
  • Magnesium L-threonate – ADHD, dementia, anxiety, depression, also good for kids
  • Magnesium Malate – Chronic pain, fatigue
  • Magnesium Orotate – Cardiovascular support
  • Magnesium Oxide – Heartburn, digestion, also good for kids
  • Magnesium Sulfate – Sore muscles, stress relief
  • Magnesium Taurate – Cardiovascular function to improve blood sugar and blood pressure levels
  • Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate – Upset stomach, settle stomach acid, acid indigestion, heartburn



The more common bonds that you will see with Magnesium are Oxide, Citrate, Glycinate, Sulfate, and Amino Acid Chelate. Trying to get the recommended amounts should first and fort most always be incorporated with whole foods in one’s daily diet but with certain high risk people like those that are gluten intolerant or have type 2 diabetes, supplemental form may be the only way to ensure they are receiving enough Magnesium to keep the body functioning at tip top shape.  Consulting your local Nutritionist can help you start the process and ensure you are eating the right foods to get this nutrient as well as advisement on which form of Magnesium may be needed to supplement.

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