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Magnesium threonate or glycinate ?

Regarding magnesium supplements we have both threonate and glycinate here. From the research we were able to do online I understand that the daily dose of go to magnesium is between 500 to 600 MG migraines and both are good for the brain and are absorbed well.
What we unable to figure is the following:
Is one form of magnesian more effective than the other treating vertigo and vm ?
Can you take threonate and glycinate together and get half magnesium intake from each? Or do you need to only take from form of magnesium ?

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I assume the magnesium is intended as part of the migraine treatment plan, yes? If so from all I have read the best to take is Magnesium Oxide. All the different magnesiums are quite different it seems. For example Glycinate is recommended for calming/anxiety and to treat hot flushes from memory. I tried Glycinate and as soon as I hit the target dose of 400mg daily I experienced the most intense vertigo I have ever had.

Interesting I’ve read its the worst because its hard for your body to absorb. I’ve tried many forms, including Malate, Orotate, Oxide, Bicarbonate, Citrate, and Glycinate. My favorite is Bicarbonate and Citrus, because they also seem to help me stay regular. But ever one is different. I use this brand daily:

https://www.naturalvitality.com/

They sell it at Costco here in the U.S.

I don’t think any are more effective at treating vertigo and VM. I don’t think there is any problem mixing them, just seems unnecessary to me though. Pick the one that you can tolerate and stick with it - I think that’s the key.

I was shocked to find some many different forms existed and according to the Applied School of Functional Medicine all with very different intended applications. I researched it thoroughly before trying M. Glycinate not that it did me any good. I still couldn’t tolerate it but there. You can
but try.

Has anyone actually felt worse when starting Magnesium?

I have been taking Magnesium Glycinate for the last 6 months mainly because it is supposed to ‘enhance sleep, improve memory and ease anxiety’. I take 2 capsules in the evening and it appears to have helped stop my feet from ‘burning’ at night which was keeping me awake - of course it could be pure coincidence. Here is a link to an article that my daughter sent which gives some info re some of the main forms of magnesium: Magnesium: Symptoms, Forms & Benefits | Goodness Lover . The article doesn’t mention Bicarbonate and Citrus as mentioned by Eric @ander454 - I am going to investigate further as I could do with something to ‘keep me regular’ too!

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That’s Carbonate you need then. That’s the cheapie one you find in all the health food outlets. And included in most combination supplements.

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I take both. I take magnesium threonate in the morning and mag glycinate at night. They both work great for me.

That’s fascinating. How did you end up with such an arrangement. Was this your own idea or the medics might I enquire. And incidentally why are you taking both. For two different symptoms maybe.

My neurologist loves magnesium for migraine. He told me I could take whatever type works for me-- although he recommended mag glycinate or citrate because those are more bioavailable than magnesium oxide. I did my own research and decided on mag glycinate since it is less likely to cause GI distress than citrate. I also like that mag glycinate is calming, which is great for my already excitable migraine brain and it also helps me to fall asleep at night. When I heard about Magnesium Threonate, I had actually been wanting to add in some magnesium for day time and this type sounded like a good fit. It isn’t sedating, and apparently is the only form that can cross the blood/brain barrier. It helps me a lot with brain fog. This is just what works for me and what I gathered from my own research. I take 144mg Mag Threonate in the morning and 480mg Mag Glycinate before bed. Sometimes I will take another 120mg glycinate if I have an attack. This is just the dosage and types that work for me, I know some people need less, some people need more, and different people have different preferences of which type. Hope this helps!

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Thanks for going to the trouble of explaining. I’m sure your detailed explanation will help many others who read it in the future too which is really why I asked. I found Magnesium Glycinate caused me to experience some terrible vertigo - BPPV type stuff - as soon as I hit my target dose of 400mg and stopped taking it but as you say everybody is different.

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