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What's the difference between magnesium oxide and magnesium citrate?

What's the difference between magnesium oxide and magnesium citrate?

Different mag salts: You cannot take magnesium alone. It has to be compound with something like oxide, citrate, or sulfate. We call these salts of magnesium. Like the salt of table sodium chloride. But you can take sodium in other forms like sod bicarb (in baking soda). Mag citrate causes diarrhea that's why it is used for constipation. Also, good for preventing kidney stones. Mag ox is used for repleting low mg level. ...Read more

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Magnesium Oxide (Definition)

Magnesium oxide is a mineral which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more


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

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

Different salts: They are different salts of magnesium that one might use to replete magnesium deficiency or other clinical conditions. They do not have the same amount of elemental magnesium for every milligram. Mag citrate is often used to treat constipation, whereas mag oxide is a preferred way of treating mag deficiency. ...Read more

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What is the difference between magnesium oxide and magnesium citrate? Are they for the same purposes?

What is the difference between magnesium oxide and magnesium citrate?  Are they for the same purposes?

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. ...Read more

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Is Magnesium Oxide 300mg with Manganese 4mg(Manganese amino acid chelate 40mg*11mgUpper Limit)for Migraine Aura or is Magnesium Citrate Best Option?

The magnesiums....: hello - probably the first option which are pills. The Mg Citrate is a liquid,.and it MAY help your migraine....but the method is rather primitive dont you think? ...Read more

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What is better for anxiety? Magnesium citrate or oxide?

What is better for anxiety? Magnesium citrate or oxide?

Either: The magnesium is what might help with anxiety. The citrate could be easier to absorb than the oxide, but the oxide is a little more economical. Be aware that magnesium supplements can cause loose stools, so use divided doses and increase gradually. You need about 320mg/day of magnesium from all sources including food -- possibly more if under significant stress. Stools can be your dosing guide. ...Read more

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Magnesium oxide or citrate, which is better?

Magnesium oxide or citrate, which is better?

Magnesium citrate: Magnesium citrate is a saline laxative and is used for that purpose and is very effective.Magnesium oxide is used for heartburn and sore stomach and can be a laxative in large amount as laxative magnisium citrate is more effective. ...Read more

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What are the differences between magnesium citrate vs oxide? Which will work better with stimulant medication?

They are different : Salts of magnesium. The magnesium citrate may be absorbed a little better, but if you take too much of either one, you might end up with loose stools. So talk with your PCP about which one S/he recommends for you to take right now. ...Read more

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What's role of magnesium oxide?

Repletes magnesium : If your mag level is low, you can use mag oxide for repleting your stores. If you have kidney disease, avoid taking mag oxide because it can cause high magnesium levels in the blood which can cause irregular heart rhythm. ...Read more

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Is magnesium oxide less harmful to kidneys?

Magnesium oxide: Less harmful than what? Please rephrase your question for a meaningful response. ...Read more