Magnesium Citrate Best Option for RLS?

The first blog I wrote for this website is about magnesium for restless legs. I also mention magnesium citrate in it.

We are now a few years further. I now know a little better what works best for me.

That is why I am now writing another blog about magnesium. This time I focus on magnesium citrate. I have the most experience with that myself.

What is magnesium citrate

There are different types of magnesium. In other words, magnesium supplements are offered in various compounds.

By this I mean that the tablets contain a combination of magnesium and another substance. Some compounds are better absorbed by the body than others.

Magnesium citrate is one of the compounds that your body absorbs well. I also have experience with magnesium oxide. That is a compound that is less well absorbed.

The magnesium in magnesium citrate is linked with citric acid. This form is best taken orally.

The recommended daily allowance (RDA) of magnesium differs slightly between men and women. In an adult man the RDA is 350 milligrams, in a woman it is 300 milligrams.

You get part of it through food. Therefore, the general advice is usually to take a supplement of no more than 250 milligrams per day. In the alternative circuit, a higher dose is often advised.

I myself take 300 milligrams of magnesium citrate per day. I spread the intake over the day. I take a 100 milligram tablet in the morning and one 200 milligram at the end of the afternoon. That way I am less bothered by the laxative effect of magnesium.


Magnesium citrate has the advantage that it is quickly absorbed into the body. You feel an effect more immediately than, for example, with magnesium oxide.

This is an added advantage for restless legs, because you would like a quick noticeable result if you take a tablet in the evening.

In all honesty, I must add that the (direct) effect of magnesium citrate has diminished on me over the years. I also hear this from fellow sufferers. The additional beneficial effect of this supplement often diminishes over time.

At the same time, I have also noticed that magnesium citrate does remain beneficial for my restless legs. I test from time to time what it is like if I do not take the dietary supplement for a while. After a week or two I get significantly more complaints at night.

So I’ll just keep taking it for a while.

1 thought on “Magnesium Citrate Best Option for RLS?”

  1. Ik heb jaren M.Citraat via de apotheek, geslikt, zonder resultaat.
    Magnesiumolie ook geen resultaat.
    Nu een paar weken M.Bisglycinaat, gelezen info van Vitakruid, ook geen resultaat.
    Het laatste is ook aardig aan de prijs. Kan best zijn, dat lotgenoten er baat bij hebben, maar dat kan afhankelijk zijn van de oorzaak waarom je RLS hebt, denk ik.
    Vr. Groeten


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