Curious? Listen to the BBC radio 2 clip below and then read the rest of this article to discover which magnesium supplement would be best for you.
Do I need a magnesium supplement?
Magnesium has a number of uses and it’s quite common to be deficient. It’s involved in over 300 chemical processes in the body, meaning that it can have beneficial effects throughout the body.
As Dr Mosely notes, magnesium can be useful for sleep, PMS, constipation, migraines and even depression. However, it is also involved in energy metabolism and muscle relaxation, so if you’re feeling fatigued or experiencing stiff muscles then you might benefit from a magnesium supplement!
I often recommend a magnesium supplement to women, as periods can quickly strip magnesium from the body while menopause can put extra pressure on the body. However, as you heard in the radio clip, Dr Mosely benefitted greatly from some extra magnesium, so it can really be useful to anyone who needs it!
Mag 365 – Passion Fruit
As Dr Mosley notes, magnesium citrate is a highly absorbable form of magnesium, and that’s just what you’ll find in Mag365 Passion Fruit. It comes in powder form that you dissolve in liquid, meaning that it’s easy to absorb since your stomach has less work to do. Breaking down tablets can be hard work!
I’ve recommended the passion fruit version as this tends to be more popular among our customers, and the flavour is totally natural – nothing artificial here!
Each serving of MAG365 provides a fantastic 375mg of magnesium, which is 100% of your daily recommended intake. This is one of our strongest magnesium supplements, meaning it’s a great choice for anyone who could be significantly deficient – those with poor diets, menopausal women and women with heavy periods.
Price: £14.95 for 150g
Floradix Liquid Magnesium
Another fantastic supplement that uses magnesium citrate is Floradix Liquid Magnesium. Again, being a liquid, this supplement is really easy for the stomach to break down and absorb. However, it’s a slightly lower dose than the MAG365 so would be a good option for people who already get a good amount of magnesium from their diet and just want to top up.
Each 20ml serving provides 250mg of elemental magnesium, which is still a strong, healthy dose. The syrupy liquid is sweetened with honey and flavoured with apricot juice, mango juice, pineapple juice, pear juice and orange peel for a refreshing, tropical favour.
Price: £9.09 for 250ml
BetterYou Magnesium Oil Spray
If you’re not a fan of liquid supplements (I get it, not everyone likes the same flavours), and don’t like taking tablets, then BetterYou Magnesium Oil Original Spray is the perfect choice. You spray it directly onto the skin where it absorbs quickly and efficiently. In fact, it is common to feel a slight tingling from the high-speed absorption – particularly if you’re deficient!
10 sprays delivers 200mg of magnesium, and while this is lower than some supplements you can be confident that most of it will be absorbed by the body – with some tablets very little is absorbed even from very strong doses!
One great benefit of this version is that it avoids the digestive system completely, which is great if you’re suffering from digestive troubles or conditions like IBS.
This oil may be particularly useful if you’re using magnesium for joint or muscle pain, as it can be sprayed directly onto the painful areas and massaged in.
Price: £12.20 for 100ml
BetterYou also have a few sprays tailored towards specific problems:
Recovery Spray – with black pepper, camphor, lemon and grape seed essential oils for post workout recovery
Joint Spray – with added glucosamine, menthol oil and wintergreen oil to soothe joint pain and promote healthy joints
Goodnight Sleep Spray – with chamomile, bergamot, grape seed and clary sage essential oils to calm the mind and aid sleep
Lamberts MagAsorb Tablets
If you’re just looking for a no-frills no-fuss supplement then Lamberts’ MagAsorb Tablets are one of our favourites! Each tablet provides 150mg of magnesium citrate, but the recommended daily dose is 1-3 tablets a day, so it’s really easy to adjust the dose depending on your own individual needs.
Price: £8.95 for 60 tablets