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Do magnesium supplements help with symptoms of constipation better than placebo?
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Magnesium oxide, magnesium chloride, magnesium citrate, magnesium sulfate all work to increase fluid production in the bowels and increase bowel movements Magnesium sulfate is the most potent. Typically 400mg to 500mg daily is recommended. Start with this first for your chronic constipation problems. Americans typically don’t get enough magnesium in their diet, which can lead to constipation.
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