Our new Ultra Pure Magnesium Oil with MSM is a very important addition to any supplement regimen. In this article, we will explain what transdermal or “topical” magnesium is, why we need it, and how we can benefit from it.
The nutrients in topical magnesium are able to pass through the skin and go directly in your blood stream. This is an affordable, convenient, safe and effective way to replenish magnesium levels. Studies have shown that taking magnesium orally is difficult to absorb and may cause digestive problems such as diarrhea.
Why Magnesium Therapy?
Widespread acknowledgement of the depletion of magnesium in American diets have made it one of the most important nutrients to supplement in the diet. Magnesium is one of seven nutrients placed on the U.S. Department of Health’s list of nutrients of concern, published as a part of its Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Recognition of low magnesium intake across all industrialized nations has led to an exponential growth of magnesium research. Magnesium’s potent activities as a healing agent are part of a diverse history in traditional medicine around the world, and have been studied actively by medical practitioners as early as the 1600’s. Today’s medical research has even more pressing motivations.
- A 2006 report from the World Health Organization estimated that 75% of adults consume a diet that is deficient in magnesium.
- One in five adults consumes less than half of the U.S. RDA for magnesium.
With poor health on the rise, and dietary magnesium levels at an all time low, scientists have begun to turn to magnesium as the possible “missing link” behind several of today’s most troubling illnesses. A study by scientists at the Centers for Disease Control, published in the Journal of Nutrition, explains:
“Despite the role of magnesium in maintaining health, much of the U.S. population has historically not consumed adequate amounts of magnesium…Magnesium is an essential element that is crucial to hundreds of physiologic processes in humans. Not surprisingly, inadequate intake of magnesium has been linked to various adverse health outcomes, including the development of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and headaches. Furthermore, magnesium is important in bone growth and may play a role in athletic performance.”
Benefits of Transdermal Magnesium
Transdermal magnesium is a powerful tool in the battle against magnesium deficiency.
Benefits reported by those who use transdermal applications of magnesium relate specifically to its therapeutic application on the skin and its direct absorption into the cells:
- Increased sleep
- Reduced muscle aches, pains, cramping and spasms
- Healthy skin and reduced outbreaks of eczema and psoriasis
- Better relaxation and stress management
- Increased energy levels and improved moods
- Increased athletic performance
How is Transdermal Magnesium Used?
Transdermal magnesium is applied topically, using our easy to apply spray bottle. The high saturation of magnesium chloride & MSM in purified water present itself in an “oil-like” texture.
We use super-concentrated forms of magnesium chloride, a form of magnesium known for its superior solubility. Magnesium is absorbed through the skin, the largest organ of the body. Experts in this area suggest applying it to your forearms, legs, abdomen or anywhere there is relatively “thin” skin. Transdermal application delivers the nutrients through the skin and right into the bloodstream.
Though it is commonly prescribed as a treatment by holistic health practitioners, transdermal magnesium is applied easily and quickly in your own home, simply by spraying directly on the skin.
- Is an easy and convenient, “do it yourself” method of magnesium supplementation
- Avoids problems of gastrointestinal irritation and diarrhea, through bypassing the digestive system entirely
- Passes directly into the tissues via the skin, where it is quickly transported to cells throughout the body
Magnesium Replacement Therapy
A clear benefit of transdermal magnesium is its potential to accelerate the process of magnesium replacement therapy. It has been shown that restoration of magnesium levels can take anywhere from six weeks to an entire year.
In order to achieve faster results, intravenous magnesium has previously been the only option. Yet magnesium injections are expensive, painful and inconvenient.
Dr. Carolyn Dean, licensed M.D. and naturopathic doctor, summarized some of the benefits of transdermal magnesium in her book The Magnesium Miracle:
Magnesium oil can be sprayed and rubbed on the body and is easily absorbed through the skin. It helps to greatly to increase the amount of magnesium in body tissues and overcomes the problems that some people have with loose stools when they try to take enough magnesium to meet their needs. This can be especially important in cases of severe magnesium deficiency that were treatable only with IV magnesium before magnesium oil came along.”
In contrast with intravenous magnesium injections, transdermal magnesium’s price is inexpensive and its application requires no professional experience.
Dr. Norman Shealy, M.D. Ph.D. and founder of the American Holistic Medical Association, was an early advocate for the advantages of magnesium and the parti
cular benefits of transdermal applications of magnesium:
The problem is magnesium absorption, as well as magnesium deficiency in our diets. The soil in every country in the world except Egypt has been farmed to a point of magnesium depletion…Furthermore, magnesium salts are laxatives so that all of them may lead to a more rapid gut transit time. Magnesium needs to travel through the intestinal system slowly, so if the gut transit time is less than twelve hours, one is not likely to absorb the magnesium well.”
In discussing transdermal magnesium therapy versus oral magnesium supplements, Dr. Shealy has explained that:
- Transdermal therapy creates “tissue saturation”, which allows magnesium to travel to the body’s tissues and cells at a high dose without losses through the gastrointestinal tract.
- When taken orally, however, magnesium may be absorbed inefficiently, either due to the laxative effect of oral doses; due to the effect of other foods, vitamins or minerals in the gut that lessen absorption; or due to individual differences, such as leaky gut syndrome, that reduce magnesium processing.
How Do I Know if I Need Magnesium Treatments?
Magnesium deficiency is not easily diagnosed, which is why so many people operate with low-level chronic deficiencies unaware of the long term effects on their health, or the cause of symptoms such as eczema, allergies, headaches, anxiety and chronic pain — all of which may signify chronic magnesium depletion.
The most common laboratory test for assessing magnesium status is serum magnesium, which is known to inconsistently represent actual total-body or intracellular magnesium content (content inside the cells). In a study published by the American College of Nutrition, it was noted that as many as 50% of cases of magnesium deficiency are not recognized, due to statistical errors in the normal range set for serum magnesium testing.
Researchers suggested both changes in the way that serum magnesium tests are evaluated, as well as a more proactive stance by the medical community on providing magnesium therapy for patients whose symptoms or diagnoses stood to benefit. These included:
In addition, dietary habits and other risk factors can play a part in magnesium status. Conditions and circumstances of high risk groups include:
- Low stomach acid, common in older adults
- Low magnesium diets, processed foods and sodas
- Soft water sources
- Active calcium supplementation
- Certain prescription and over the counter medications
- Stress, surgery, and chronic disorders such as diabetes
- Diarrhea and vomiting for any reason
- Excessive use of alcohol
- Crohn’s disease, celiac sprue, and any disorder of the digestive or intestinal function
- Kidney disorders
- Genetic magnesium absorption disorders
The Miracle of Transdermal Magnesium
Magnesium deficiency is so widespread that at least three out of four adults in industrialized nations have cause to actively increase their intake — especially to avoid symptoms which can otherwise linger and compound over years to produce serious chronic illness.
Transdermal magnesium therapy is a powerful new tool that combines the healing power of the body’s largest organ — the skin — with the life sustaining properties of one of our most vital minerals. Our Ultra Pure Magnesium Oil with MSM only uses the absolute purest ingredients available.