If you look to supplement with magnesium, it is nearly impossible to decipher all the combinations and sources. Names like magnesium oxide, carbonate, citrate, malate, chloride, glycinate, sulfate, taurate, gluconate, phosphate, glutamate, l-threonate, etc., are a few of the types of magnesium you will face at the store.
We have received several questions on magnesium. People want to know how to tell if you are low. I will discuss problems related to magnesium testing this week and offer guidance on supplementation next week via a blog article and podcast.
Laboratory test results are compared with the average values of the general population. We are increasingly sick as a population, so those unhealthy population numbers skew what is considered a "good lab result." They are not indicative of values for optimal health. In addition, errors can occur in processing lab results. Since it is easy to experiment with magnesium levels, it is safe to give it a try. Generally people are lacking magnesium in their bodies, so by adding it, benefits can be seen right away. When the body has enough magnesium, any excess will get eliminated via a laxative effect (loose stools or diarrhea).