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what is the difference between magnesium oxide and magnesium citrate? are they for the same purposes?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
39 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Nope: Although both could cause loose stools. Mag citrate is more effective for constipation. Mag oxide is used for muscle cramps and repleting low mag blood levels. Both can increase mag levels in urine which helps fending off kidney stone disease. However, mag citrate is much better bec citrates also prevent kidney stone disease.
Answered on Aug 25, 2018

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