Magnesium citrate, magnesium glycinate, magnesium taurate and magnesium malate are some good forms of magnesium that are commonly taken as supplements. They are available in tablet, powder, syrup, liquid and capsule forms.
Magnesium is an essential mineral that can be found in fruits, green leafy vegetables, nuts, peas, beans, soy products and whole grains. But people may not get adequate amounts of magnesium because there are low levels of it in the foods they eat, according to Natural News. Magnesium deficiency may cause anorexia, apathy, muscle twitching, rapid heartbeat, numbness, tingling and other symptoms, Medline Plus states.
Magnesium supplements may help relieve symptoms of a number of medical conditions, according to Natural News. For example, magnesium citrate, which is the most popular, inexpensive magnesium supplement, helps loosen bowels. Magnesium glycinate is best used for individuals who have been magnesium deficient for long periods of time. Magnesium taurate helps prevent arrhythmias and heart attacks. Magnesium malate is used to treat chronic fatigue, pain, insomnia and fibromyalgia, MedHelp notes.
Almora, Maginex, Elite Magnesium, Phillips Milk of Magnesia, Citrate of Magnesia, and Mag-Gel 600 are a few common U.S. brand names for magnesium supplements, according to Mayo Clinic. Some these supplements can be purchased in drug stores; others may require a prescription from a doctor.