Magnesium Citrate is magnesium salt of citric acid. It is also known as Citrate of Magnesium and MagCitrate. Magnesium Citrate is available as an OTC drug.
Magnesium Citrate is a chemical agent and is used as a dietary supplement in small doses. In larger doses it is helpful in treating constipation and improving bowel movement.
Magnesium is an important mineral in the body. It helps in the cell’s enzymatic processes and helps maintain normal muscle and nerve functions, keep the bones strong, and maintain blood sugar and blood pressure levels. Magnesium is best absorbed by the body in the form of Magnesium Citrate.
Magnesium Citrate with Riboflavin has found to be effective in the prophylaxis of migraine.
Once magnesium citrate is present in the intestine it attracts water through the tissues, the increased water causes the movement of the small intestines and stimulates bowel motility.
Magnesium Citrate is also used before a major surgery or colonoscopy to empty the bowel completely. It is also used to treat colon and rectal problems.
Magnesium Citrate is also considered to prevent kidney stones.
Who can benefit from taking Magnesium Citrate
Magnesium Citrate can be used by anyone. However, do consult your health care provider before using Magnesium Citrate if you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breast-feeding. Also, it is suggested to check with your health care provider if you have these conditions:
Change in bowel habits for 2 weeks
Colostomy or ileostomy
Constipation after using another laxative for 7 days
Stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting
Contact your health care provider if you notice any of these after an intake of Magnesium Citrate:
Allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
Chest pain or fast, irregular heartbeat
Nausea or vomiting
The usage would depend on the use. As a nutritional supplement, 100-350 mg of Magnesium Citrate can be taken in a day.