Magnesium is an essential mineral for good health and optimal biological function. Not only does magnesium play a vital role in mitochondrial health, it also benefits more than 300 enzymes and more than 3,750 magnesium bonding sites on human proteins.
Magnesium’s main role is to create ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate), the energy currency of the body. It also relaxes blood vessels, supports muscle and nerve function and the proper formation of bones and teeth.
When the body is magnesium deficient it can result in deterioriating cellular metabolic function, resulting in serious health problems. Some of these health problems include anxiety and depression, migraine headaches, cardiovascular disease, fibromyalgia and sudden cardiac death amongst other issues.
Magnesium also has a vital role in the detoxification process and in minimising any damage from toxic exposure. Magnesium also has the amazing ability to optimise mitochondria and potentially prevent cancer, while being great for general energy levels and athletic performance.
The body’s organs require ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) to function properly so ensuring that your body gets the right nutrients and precursors for your mitochondria is essential for good health, disease prevention and exercise performance.
How Much Magnesium Do I Need?
It’s recommended to get 310-420mg of Magnesium daily for best results although some suggest requiring as much as 600-900mg/day for best health depending on your age, sex and overall health requirements.
Many of us aren’t getting enough magnesium as the soil in which food is grown is severely depleted of nutrients. Therefore many magnesium experts suggest taking a magnesium supplement to ensure you’re getting enough.
One of the best ways to get more magnesium into your diet is to eat magnesium rich foods. Here are some good choices to include:
- Swiss Chard
- Bok Choy
- Brussels Sprouts
- Romaine Lettuce
- Beet Greens
- Nuts and seeds
- Fatty fish
- Fruits and berries
Transdermal Magnesium is Most Effective
However, one of the most efficient ways to get magnesium into your diet is to apply it topically onto the skin. Rubbing or spraying magnesium onto skin, or choosing to bathe in flakes are all good ways to ensure magnesium gets into the bloodstream for maximum cellular absorption.
Topical magnesium is one of the best ways to deliver minerals into the body via the skin and documented research has demonstrated how topically applied magnesium chloride can have a direct impact on blood chemistry.
According to the work of Dr Norman Shealy, M.D. Ph.D Founder of the American Holistic Medical Association, when 16 individuals with low intracellular magnesium levels were tested, after a 20 minute foot-soak with magnesium chloride flakes, along with spraying their body with magnesium oil on a daily basis. Their results showed that after 4 weeks of soaking their feet in magnesium chloride, 75% of the participants showed a very significant increase in their cellular magnesium levels.
When combined with OptiMSM® (Methylsulfonylmethane), the world’s purest MSM, this important source of sulfur plays a mineral element critical to the normal function and structure of the body. MSM has also been shown in studies to provide effective pain control, reduce inflammation and can dilate blood vessels, increasing blood flow. When combined with magnesium, this can greatly boost magnesium levels in the body, relieving aches and pains and supporting the cardiovascular system, processes of detoxification and good brain function. All while boosting mood, reducing stress and providing support for healthy skin.
Need to add more magnesium into your diet? Perhaps the best way is through the skin! Take a look at the range of topical magnesium products we recommend below…
Ancient Magnesium Bath Flakes Ultra 2kg – Soak in Genuine Zechstein™ magnesium chloride – the purest and most pristine source of natural magnesium chloride in the world. Available from Good Health Naturally.
Ancient Magnesium Cream with CBD Oil – Contains the easily-absorbed Ancient Magnesium lotion formula incorporates the unique synergistic benefits of CBD oil, magnesium, and OptiMSM® – plus shea butter and sweet almond oil for creating calming and soothing effects in the body. Available from Good Health Naturally.
Ancient Minerals Magnesium Lotion Cool Relief – This easily-absorbed Ancient Magnesium lotion formula incorporates the unique synergistic benefits of menthol and magnesium, – plus ginger and arnica oil to cool inflammation and offer pain relief. Contains Menthol – An ancient cooling remedy used to reduce pain, discomfort, and inflammation with on-the-spot relief. Contains Magnesium – Can ease aches and pains and even relieve degenerative conditions like arthritis. Available in 200ml from Good Health Naturally.
Ancient Magnesium Lotion with Melatonin – Ideal for use before going to sleep. This easily-absorbed Ancient Magnesium lotion formula incorporates the unique synergistic benefits of melatonin, magnesium, and OptiMSM® – plus shea butter, sweet almond oil, and the fresh fragrance of organic east Indian lemongrass. Contains Melatonin – A natural hormone needed to help regulate your body clock. . MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) – May help with more efficient magnesium ion uptake and can support sounder sleep. OptiMSM® is the premium trademarked form of the organosulphur compound MSM. Available from Good Health Naturally.
Ancient Magnesium Oil – Contains ultra pure Magnesium Chloride Oil. from the prehistoric Zechstein seabed in Northern Europe. Through a clinically-proven process called transdermal absorption, magnesium can be replenished through the skin easily. Protect healthy cells, support muscle function, minimise stress, increase energy, bolster immunity, aid in detoxification, and encourage relaxation and restful sleep. Available in 200ml from Good Health Naturally.Save
I would love to use topical magnesium but it makes my skin so sticky and uncomfortable that if I put it on at night I can’t sleep which totally defeats the object! Kind regards Amanda
Hi Amanda, most people find the magneisum oil works well for them but as an alternative you can use the Magnesium Lotion. It is gentle enough to use as a daily moisturiser and still delivers a good dose of magnesium.