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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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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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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 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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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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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 would doctors recommend magnesium citrate vs magnesium glycinate?

Depends: Both can be used in magnesium diciency. Magnesium Citrate used for bowel irrigation and cause diarrhea. Citric acid will increase stomach acid and assimilation & should be taken with meal. The glycine in magnesium glycinate is an Amino Acid which can help with sleep and feeling calm. Least likely to cause loose stools & should be taken at bedtime. ...Read more

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What if any benefit is Magnesium Citrate?

What if any benefit is Magnesium Citrate?

Laxative: Magnesium citrate solution is mainly used as a strong laxative. If you are looking for a magnesium supplement, try magnesium oxide instead. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Could taking a small amount of magnesium citrate a day help with my "Benign" Palpitations and anxiety?

Could taking a small amount of magnesium citrate a day help with my
"Benign" Palpitations and anxiety?

Worse: It likely will make them worse. Mag citrate is a cathartic. If you get diarrhea, you will develop low potassium which will make your arrhythmia worse. Ask your doctor if it's safe for you (depends on your kidney function) to take supplemental magnesium oxide which is helpful for some people as an anti-arrhythmic. Don't do this on your own! ...Read more

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What's the difference between regular magnesium supplements and magnesium citrate and magnesuim chloride?

What's the difference between regular magnesium supplements and magnesium citrate and magnesuim chloride?

Different salts: The usual magnesium supplements are oxide salts. Mag citrate works as a laxative. The different salts have different effects on the body. If you want to take a supplement, you would take magnesium oxide. Good luck! ...Read more

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