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Myth or Reality—Transdermal Magnesium?

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Myth or Reality—Transdermal Magnesium?

Post  shukov on Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:55 pm

Came across this summary of studies on transdermal magnesium. Assume most here already know that majority of us are mag deficient and transdermal is often suggested.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5579607/

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In the following review, we evaluated the current literature and evidence-based data on transdermal magnesium application and show that the propagation of transdermal magnesium is scientifically unsupported. The importance of magnesium and the positive effects of magnesium supplementation are extensively documented in magnesium deficiency, e.g., cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus. The effectiveness of oral magnesium supplementation for the treatment of magnesium deficiency has been studied in detail. However, the proven and well-documented oral magnesium supplementation has become questioned in the recent years through intensive marketing for its transdermal application (e.g., magnesium-containing sprays, magnesium flakes, and magnesium salt baths). In both, specialist and lay press as well as on the internet, there are increasing numbers of articles claiming the effectiveness and superiority of transdermal magnesium over an oral application. It is claimed that the transdermal absorption of magnesium in comparison to oral application is more effective due to better absorption and fewer side effects as it bypasses the gastrointestinal tract.

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Post  NYJets on Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:32 pm

I sleep better and deeper the nights I've soaked my scalp with it. CS has recommended internal supplementation no matter what your topical routine is however.
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Post  CausticSymmetry on Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:45 am

I have found by just observation only (and the full study link provided above points this out) that topical magnesium has limited application. Topical magnesium only appears to benefit pain relief, so oral magnesium is necessary to achieve all the other benefits.

I've found an unusually large number of people mistakenly relying solely on transdermal magnesium.

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Post  Jdp710 on Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:01 am

I have a family member experience Many dozens of TIA (mini strokes) over about 1 1/2 year period which did eventually lead to a major stroke.  

Interestingly, soaking feet in epsom salt and transdermal magnesium on body in shower did cause TIA in almost every single use.  

I can only suspect the salt is being absorbed.  

Oral magnesium supplement never caused a TIA.

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Re: Myth or Reality—Transdermal Magnesium?

Post  shukov on Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:34 am

Yes the main point seems to be that the claims of Mag Oil makers are somewhat exaggerated. You can reduce the costs by making your own but we still need significant amounts - more than can likely be absorbed transdermally. You'd probably need to be repeatedly soaking your whole body in it to get any sort of decent amount.

Even oral mag can take a long time to get levels up. RDA is only 400mg per day but you'd need more than that to actually raise levels. Unfortunately we can't really megadose due to laxative effects (varies per person).


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Re: Myth or Reality—Transdermal Magnesium?

Post  NYJets on Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:18 am

Dr. Andrew Weil has a lot to say about transdermal applications of Mg. He does say it raises levels.

My issue is sticking to a transdermal routine. In other words, compliance and consistency are key. Popping a few capsules is a lot easier than having to do baths or foot soaks or spray downs with Mg CL that can burn and itch.

I'd do both if you think you are mag deficient.
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Re: Myth or Reality—Transdermal Magnesium?

Post  shukov on Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:30 am

If Mg Cl stings you can make your own and reduce the strength to your liking.  Also much cheaper.  But as you say the  need to stick to a routine of bathing etc. can get annoying.

I'm actually finding I can tolerate larger doses around 2000mg if I spread them out a bit.  Caustic's regimen page doesn't actually specify a dosage for Mag - Decalcify likely contains enough for maintenance but raising levels might require extra.

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