Magnesium – Oral or Transdermal Gel?
Most people have heard of or know about the mineral Magnesium. Whether the benefits and importance of this super mineral are also known to you is quite another matter.
There are 2 ways to get magnesium into the body, orally (by mouth) and transdermally (through the skin)
benefits of magnesium
To mention just a few:
- relaxes tight muscles
- gives pain relief
- eases headaches
- calms restless legs
- reduces cramps
- improves heart health
- promotes a vibrant love life
- contributes to strong bones and teeth
- improves general health
Magnesium is commonly taken orally and there are many forms. Some examples are magnesium chloride, magnesium citrate, magnesium orotate, magnesium carbonate, magnesium oxide, magnesium sulphate and magnesium lactate.
Elemental magnesium and bioavailability are key words to watch for when choosing a magnesium type and the concentration of elemental magnesium varies greatly. A 1,000mg (1 gram) tablet of Magnesium Oxide may contain 60% of elemental magnesium but the bioavailability to the body is only 4%.
On the other hand Magnesium Citrate contains Elemental Magnesium 16% and bioavailability 90% so this is a good form to consume.
Bio availability to the body varies greatly but you are unlikely to find this information on any bottle of product. Many varieties will be only about 4% bio available to the body. a secondary consideration is magnesium needs to stay in the system for 12 hours to disperse. Often a bowel movement will occur during this time, reducing the benefits of oral magnesium.
Enter Magnesium Chloride the king of Magnesium. Magnesium chloride is a unique form and is transdermal. That means magnesium enters the body via the skin. When taking magnesium orally, the digestive system can be upset if too much is taken and diarrhea can result. As magnesium needs to stay in the body for 12 hours, diarrhea would result in magnesium leaving to body too quickly for benefits to occur.
An excellent way to build up magnesium stores is to apply Magnesium in a gel or oil form daily. Magnesium Oil is simply magnesium chloride powder dissolved in purified water. Distilled drinkable water is ideal and can be purchased at a cheap price from supermarkets. The liquid has an oily feel which is where the name magnesium oil comes from. It is not an oil at all.
Magnesium Oil is usually applied or sprayed on the body and left. Some people find this a bit sticky or initally the oil can sting a little. Many doctors who specialize in Magnesium chloride maintain the stinging is a sign the body is deficient in magnesium and as the supplies in the body build the stinging will cease. Skin can also dry when using magnesium oil daily, leaving it on.
Magnesium Gel Forte is an excellent and comfortable way to use and gain the benefits of magnesium chloride. Again not all magnesium gels are equal. MiSMo has made magnesium gel into a body lotion product which gives the benefits of magnesium chloride as well as moisturizing the skin.
Magnesium is present is every cell of the body so please be aware of the good turn you will be doing for your body when you supplement with this magic mineral.