Transdermal Magnesium – Unlock the Magic and Reap the Rewards

Transdermal magnesium is a quick and easy option for anyone who is deficient. Since 60 – 80 percent of the population falls into that category, it’s well worth a little investigation. It is clear that most people today don’t get nearly enough magnesium in their diet. That’s why you absolutely must supplement - that is, if you want to hone in on the rewards! (and there are many!)

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Magnesium Deficiency

There’s one main reason that’s deficiencies exist today! It’s called BIG AGRI! They've simply over-farmed our lands and use toxic chemicals that further deplete nutrients! If little magnesium exists in the soil, then you won’t find magnesium in the crops that are grown in it. Results from the 1992 Earth Summit revealed that farmlands in North America were 85 percent nutrient depleted – which means eating conventional foods only provides 15 percent of the nutritional value it once had 100 years ago.

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When nutrients in the soil are removed, your body pays the price. Deficiencies are most commonly caused by an unhealthy digestive system (Crohn's disease, leaky gut), diabetes, unhealthy kidneys (excessive loss in magnesium via urine), aging, alcoholism (60 percent of alcoholics have low magnesium levels), diuretics, and some cancer and heart medications.

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The negative effects of deficiency are joint problems, diabetes, PMT, blood clots, depression, fatigue, migraines, insomnia, kidney problems, liver disease, osteoporosis, hypertension, tooth decay, anxiety or panic attacks, and heart disease.

As minerals in the soil are depleted, mineral deficiencies (and their diseases) increase dramatically.

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In a 1936 US senate meeting in Congress, this issue was addressed and stated as "unless something is done about the poor nutrient content in the soil, there will be a serious rise in degenerative diseases within 50 years".

That red flag was raised over 65 years ago and today we have the worst onslaught of degenerative diseases the world has ever seen: Cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, arthritis as well as infertility, autism, asthma, ADD/ADHD - just to name a few. Common drugs that deplete magnesium are easily accessible such as antacids, NSAIDS, antibiotics, birth control medications, cardiovascular medications, and diuretics.

Heart Disease

Emergency rooms routinely use magnesium sulfate before, during, and after cardiac arrest. One of the most important actions of magnesium is its vasodilating effects, improving the blood supply to ischemic areas and reducing infarction size.


Magnesium assists the body in DNA/RNA transcription and repair through ATP. Low magnesium levels have been associated with a number of neoplasms.

A study of 25 patients with head and neck cancer were compared to 25 healthy controls. The cancer patients had considerably lower serum magnesium levels compared with the control group.

In a recent study performed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, researchers found that low blood magnesium levels were associated with high-grade prostate cancer - the ratio of calcium to magnesium also played a critical role.

Heavy metal toxicity is also linked to cancer growth. Dr. Russell Blaylock, known for his work in autism, asserts that low magnesium levels cause an increase in oxidation while reducing glutathione – one of the few antioxidants your body makes that is known to bind to and remove mercury.

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Application of Transdermal Magnesium

As the name implies, magnesium is transferred (absorbed) into the dermal layer of the skin. However, it's a little more complicated than that!

Magnesium oil is applied to the skin's surface and then diffuses out of its vehicle (distilled water) into the stratum corneum. In the stratum corneum a reservoir of magnesium is built and diffuses through the stratum spinosum. At this point, it can be metabolized and bound to receptors to exert its effect. Finally magnesium is delivered into subcutaneous fat, the circulatory system, and achieves systemic absorption.

Delivery of transdermal magnesium is fast, which makes it the perfect antidote for any deficiency. The topical solution is usually sold in an oil-based lotion that contains magnesium chloride and purified water. The amount of magnesium in milligrams that you get from one spray varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Because of this, you’ll need to follow the directions for application.

Be sure to massage the oil into your skin as long as it feels oily. After the oily feeling dissipates, the magnesium has reached its destination!

Dr. Norm Shealy states that it only takes six weeks to recover from magnesium deficiency using transdermal magnesium. However, it can take a year to return to normal cellular levels using supplements.

You can mix the oil with your favorite lotion and apply it directly to painful areas - called a magnesium massage. If you suspect you're deficient, it's recommended to take oral magnesium along with the transdermal magnesium to get optimal rewards.

If you notice intestinal issues, Dr. Jay Cohen suggests that you go slowly - from 250 mg to 500 mg per day to as much as 600 mg to 5000 mg per day in divided doses. This method slowly increases bowel tolerance and helps maintain normal bowel movements. Because vitamin B6 (pyridoxine - helps make serotonin and norepinephrine) increases the amount of magnesium that can enter the cells, it's a good idea to supplement with it too.

Conversely, magnesium will "compete" for absorption with calcium so it's best to cut back on calcium supplementation and get your calcium by consuming more dairy.


Transdermal magnesium therapy is well tolerated by most people. Excesses of magnesium will be excreted from your body, unless you have impaired kidney function. Since magnesium oil is essentially a salt solution, spraying it on a cut or broken skin will sting. Some people experience a slight tingling or itching sensation. Diluting the solution is suggested if you experience a skin rash or itching.

Magnesium toxicity can occur in people with hypothyroidism, those using magnesium containing medication such as antacids, laxatives, cathartics, and those with certain types of gastrointestinal disorders, such as colitis, gastroenteritis, and gastric dilation. Magnesium may have a negative interaction with Amiloride, Calcium Acetate, Dexamethasone, Misoporstol, Spironolactone and Triamterene. Magnesium may make certain drugs less effective such as Warfarin, Tetracycline and Doxycycline. That's why it's suggested to consult your doctor first, especially if you're presently taking pharmaceutical drugs.

When you apply transdermal magnesium regularly, it helps restore cellular magnesium levels, acts as a cellular protectant, supports detoxification, relieves aches and pains, improves mood and relieves stress, and encourages healthy skin. What's not to like?

Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.

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