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Can you please tell me how magnesium and magnesium citrate differ?

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Cofactors: Magnesium has 2 positive charges and must be bound to something that has 2 negative charges when made. Magnesium can be bound to citrate, protein, sulfate and oxide. Each different formulation has differences in tolerability---citrate increases stooling and is used for constipation. Protein, oxide may allow better absorption and less diarrhea. Sulfate is a cofactor for IV magnesium.

Answered 11/19/2015

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