Magnesium Chloride consists of magnesium bound to chloride, produced through the evaporation of saline sea water. After removal of the sodium chloride, the bittern (also known as ‘Nigari’) remains. This bittern consists mainly of magnesium chloride which contains the ions of both magnesium and chloride, both are required to stimulate digestive enzymes and produce hydrochloric acid in the stomach to absorb the nutrients we eat. Without normal amounts of hydrochloric acid present in the stomach, foods are not digested properly and minerals such as magnesium are not absorbed.
We cannot live without adequate amounts of the mineral magnesium in our bodies. Cell health, growth of cells and cell division are all dependent on the availability of magnesium. This essential mineral maintains normal nerve and muscle function, including healthy functioning of the heart muscle (muscle cramps in calves and feet may also be a symptom of magnesium deficiency).
Magnesium is an essential mineral for staying healthy and is required for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Multiple health benefits of magnesium include transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.
How Will It Benefit Me?
Magnesium is a mineral that’s crucial to the body’s function. Magnesium helps keep blood pressure normal, bones strong, and the heart rhythm steady. Think of magnesium as the relaxation mineral. Anything that is tight, irritable, crampy, and stiff -whether it is a body part or an even a mood – is a sign of magnesium deficiency
What Conditions Can Benefit From Magnesium?
Magnesium is known to reduce muscle tension, lessen pain associated with migraine headaches, improve sleep, and address neurological disorders such as anxiety and depression.
Conditions linked to low magnesium levels include:
Headaches Depression Autism & ADD
Muscle Spasms Muscle Cramps Restless Legs
Insomnia Fibromyalgia Psoriasis
Acne Mental Health Sleep
Eczema Asthma High Blood Pressure
Diabetes Osteoporosis Anxiety
How Do I Use Magnesium Chloride?
There are two ways to get magnesium into the body, orally (by mouth) and transdermally (through the skin).
Transdermal Absorption Of Magnesium
Magnesium chloride powder and sea salt baths are excellent ways of absorbing magnesium chloride through the skin. Another way is by massaging magnesium chloride oil directly onto the skin. A small amount may be massaged or rubbed into any area of the body. For example, it may be used on the back of the neck and shoulders to treat stress, the legs and feet to work with the lymph system or the abdomen to work with the digestive system.
Magnesium chloride has been found to be rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream when applied to the body. This method is a valuable way of absorbing magnesium, particularly for those whose digestive system is compromised by a poor diet or other diagnosed digestive problems and cannot absorb minerals such as magnesium when taken orally.
You may apply a compress using magnesium oil – soak a thin cotton cloth in magnesium oil, wring out and apply to any area of the body (cover with a ‘cling wrap’ to avoid getting on your clothes). A hot pack helps with absorption.
Oral Consumption of Magnesium
Magnesium tablets can be purchased an taken orally or magnesium chloride powder can be mixed with water and taken orally. The daily recommended amount is approximately 400mg for men 320mg women.
In 1 gram magnesium chloride = 120 milligrams (mgs) elemental magnesium
To dilute Mag chloride for oral use: 1 part magnesium chloride powder to 3 parts pure water.
Dosage: Take 5mls of liquid 3 times a day. This provides approximately 600mgs elemental magnesium. You can add this to a glass of water so it doesn’t taste so bad.