What is the best form of Magnesium?

I often hear, “This magnesium stuff sounds great Morley, but what form of magnesium should I take?”

It’s a great question.  And like most great questions, the answer is, “It depends.”

There are actually 3 points to consider:


First, you must realize that stress consumes Magnesium (Mg).  The more stress you are under, the more Magnesium your body burns.  

I call this “Magnesium Burn Rate”, or MBR.  It’s the metabolic price tag for all that pressure & tension we feel.

Take an inventory of the dimensions of stress…  Food allergies, dependence on processed food, exposure to heavy metals, use of Rx drugs, and the granddaddy of them all — mental & emotional stress.  Take whatever steps you can to mitigate these issues.

And when you know your stress/MBR is increasing, you know that your body will be craving more Magnesium.


The most efficient and cost-effective way to get a reading on your current Magnesium status is to order the MagRBC blood test (available from Request a Test).  

This simple test costs $49 and you’ll usually have results emailed to you within 72 hours.  

The reference range is 4.2 - 6.8 mg/dL.  But in my experience, any score below 6.0 mg/dL is a signal of Magnesium deficiency.

If you have many Magnesium deficiency symptoms, an even less expensive option is to just start increasing your Magnesium intake.  See the next step…


  • Diet - Start eating more Magnesium-rich foods:  Seafood, especially kelp and oysters.  Whole grains, especially buckwheat and millet.  Leafy greens, especially spinach and kale.  Nuts and seeds, especially almonds and brasil nuts.

    And everyone’s favorite, Chocolate!  But, only dark chocolate with a high content of Cocao,  80% or more is great!

    (NOTE: Because of mineral depletion in the soil and modern food processing methods, I’ve determined that it’s basically impossible to get enough Magnesium from food alone, so please continue reading…)
  • Magnesium Oil Footbaths - Do a magnesium oil footbath.  If you can’t do it daily, at least 3X/week to replenish extreme magnesium deficiency rapidly.  

    Dose is 1 - 2 oz of Magnesium Oil in hot water covering your toes in a small tub.
  • Epsom Salt Bath - Epsom Salt baths are great.  Grandma used to recommend them for just about everything!  And Epsom Salt is readily available at just about every local drugstore.  

    Dose is 1-2 cups of Epsom Salt + 1 Cup of Baking Soda (not baking powder) and immerse yourself in this rejuvenating liquid for 30-40 min.  I recommend slowing down and taking one per week.  

    But if “slowing down” isn’t in your vocabulary, continue reading…
  • Magnesium Supplements - Take a bio-available Magnesium supplement every day.  

    Two brands that I confidently recommend are Jigsaw Magnesium w/SRT (time release) and Magnesium Glycinate by Pure Encapsulations.

    (NOTE: No matter what magnesium supplement you use, be sure to also supplement with  vitamin B6, an important co-factor to Magnesium.  To this point, I give a slight edge to Jigsaw since their formula includes B6.) 

    The Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of Magnesium is 400mg.  But I believe the Optimal Daily Dose is 650mg for Women and 850mg for men, and vary it based upon your daily Magnesium Burn Rate.  

    Again, the focus here is on “optimum,” not “minimum.”


Ok, now this last part is very difficult, so please pay close attention…  You have to do this every day.  Air, Water, Magnesium.

And when you start increasing your Magnesium intake, you’ll be fueling your body with the Master Mineral that powers all 100 Trillion cells, especially the largest muscle in your body, your beating heart.

A votre sante!…

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