Is Magnesium Glycinate Halal And Can It Improve Sleep?

Khadija Ahmed

July 12, 2023
Muslim man holding magnesium supplement before going to sleep

Magnesium (Mg) is an essential macronutrient that plays an important role in many bodily processes including maintaining blood pressure, keeping bones and teeth strong, and keeping your heart healthy.

Magnesium Glycinate is a form of magnesium that has gained popularity in recent months as a sleep aid, especially on TikTok, thanks to its high bioavailability (meaning it contains a large percentage of elemental magnesium).

But is this supplement permissible for Muslims to take, and how can it help us?

What is Magnesium Glycinate?

Magnesium Glycinate is a bioavailable form of magnesium that is commonly found in dietary supplements. It's made from magnesium and glycine, an important amino acid that can help magnesium's absorption.

By being bioavailable, it means that it can be easily used by the body and promotes relaxation, improved sleep, and reduced anxiety.

Muslim man sleeping well with Magnesium Bisglycinate

Magnesium Glycinate is manufactured synthetically and does not come from any animal or non-halal sources. Therefore, as long as the manufacturing process is free of cross-contamination, it is considered halal, just like L-Glycine, and can be safely consumed by Muslims.

What are its sleep benefits? 💤

This form of magnesium, which is bonded with the amino acid glycine, helps neurotransmitters in the brain to promote relaxation, improve sleep quality and maintain a healthy circadian rhythm. It also helps to relax our muscles and reduce stress levels, which can contribute to a better night's rest.

It can also improve sleep duration helping you feel more rested when you wake up, as it helps regulate the body's circadian rhythm.

Does it have any other benefits? 💪

Magnesium offers a wide range of benefits, not just related to sleep. It is an essential mineral that helps to regulate blood sugar levels - especially important during fasting - supports a healthy immune system, and aids in the formation of strong bones and teeth. Magnesium also plays a crucial role in maintaining proper nerve and muscle function, including the function of the heart. It can help to reduce inflammation in the body, which can lead to a range of health problems.