Magnesium is responsible for over 300 processes in the body—from glucose regulation to bone strength to sleep quality and more (1). The RDA set for magnesium is 310-320 mg/day for women and 400-420 mg/day for men. But in recent decades, magnesium deficiencies across America have become the norm—with the average intake for women and men now being 228 mg and 323 mg, respectively (2). (That’s nearly 100 mg less than the amount we need!)
While magnesium is found in foods like nuts, seeds, dark chocolate, and leafy greens, several individuals turn to a magnesium supplement to ensure they’re getting a healthy dose each day. But selecting the right supplement can prove to be more challenging than expected.
The main challenge: there are dozens of different forms of magnesium (3). Magnesium oxide, citrate, chloride, glycinate, sulfate, threonate…you get the point. In this blog, we’ll dive into the two most popular forms of magnesium—magnesium glycinate and magnesium citrate—so that you can make an informed decision on which type is best for you and your health goals.