Super Concentrated Magnesium Solution from an Ancient Sea Bed
"What the heck is this and what is it used for?"
That was my question
when I heard about this product at a medical conference.
Here's what I have been able to find about so-called "Magnesium Oil."
First, this product isn't really an "oil." There is no fat or oil in it at all. Instead, it is a concentreated solution of magnesium chloride (magnesium salt), mined from the Ancient Zechstein Seabed in the Netherlands. It is used topically (applied to the skin) and it feels oily when first applied but the oily feeling quickly subsides and what is left is a dry, salty residue.
It turns out there is a lot of speculation and claims about what this product does, but little proof. Still, people who have used it seem to feel that it works. Here's the back-story.
Magnesium is a mineral that is involved in energy processes, nerve function, enzyme activation, and protein formation. It relaxes muscles and dilates (widens) blood vessels. It is a prevalent mineral in bone, second only to calcium. Magnesium is known as "nature's calcium channel blocker" because it dilates blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. It functions in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the human body including the Kreb's cycle where ATP (energy) is produced. In other words, magnesium is VERY important to normal physical function.
Magnesium is also estimated to be the single most common mineral deficiency in the adult US diet. An estimated 80% of adults are magnesium deficient. That's a lot!
So... we have a big need for magnesium, we can't live without it, and we don't get enough of it in our diet. For all magnesium does, and for as safe as it is, it is one mineral that I HIGHLY recommend be supplemented in the diet. That's why I include 500mg of magnesium in my Maxi Multi multiple vitamin/mineral formula.
Taken internally, magnesium is useful for normalizing blood pressure and cardiac rhythm, strengthening bones and improving energy levels. It is used medically for osteoporosis, chronic fatigue, mitral valve prolapse, cardiovascular disease, calcium oxalate kidney stones, asthma, migraine, PMS, diabetes, COPD, sickle-cell disease, restless leg syndrome and acute muscle spasm. No doubt about it, magnesium is super-important.
You can take magnesium as a supplement, but at higher doses it can cause diarrhea. This tends to limit the amount of magnesium that a person can supplement orally, although I find that most people tolerate therapeutic oral doses quite well.
The topical form of magnesium --- magnesium oil --- is supposed to be a superior delivery system, working in a fast-acting manner to relive muscle aches and pains. If it is indeed absorbed through the skin, then it would also be expected to do anything that oral magnesium would do, only possibly much faster and probably with no chance of diarrhea. That makes the idea of transdermal magnesium quite attractive.
Ah, but Here's The Rub
We know that many substances pass through the skin because the skin is a semi-permeable membrane. Drugs, ingredients in cosmetics and many other topically-applied substances make their way into the blood stream. Not everything applied to the skin can enter, however. That's the "semi" permeable aspect of skin.
Proponents of magnesium oil claim that some of the magnesium does in fact enter the body. If true, magnesium oil could be highly effective for use as a muscle anti-spasmodic, delivering the magnesium right where it is needed. It could also be useful in asthma, heart attack and any situation where magnesium's known effect is needed quickly. That's because, if absorbed through the skin, the magnesium should wind up in the blood faster than magnesium taken through the digestive processes.
I cannot find any legitimate study which verifies that a super-saturated solution of magnesium is in fact absorbed throug the skin. There is one unpublished study reportedly done by Norman Shealy MD. But a single, unpublished study does not "proof" make. Nor does a bunch of unsubstantiated advertising claims.
However, Dr. Jonathan Wright, an holistic M.D. that I respect, gave magnesium oil the nod at a recent medical conference I attended. Magnesium oil is inexpensive and non-toxic, so I decided to make it available and start collecting feedback. So far the results have been promising.
Some patients who have used it for muscle aches have reported fast reductions in discomfort.
One patient with asthma, which often responds to IV magnesium, felt quick relief.
Does it work? I don't know. But if you have any condition which is known to respond to oral magnesium, you might want to give this product a try.
Do be sure to email and let me know of your experience with it. User feedback may be all that we have to go on for a long time because the product is inexpensive and unpatentable. (Meaning that no company has any financial incentive to actually perform a study).
Life-Flo Pure Magnesium Oil Magnesium Chloride Brine
Pure Magnesium Oil is 100% pure magnesium chloride brine from the Ancient Zechstein Seabed in the Netherlands. It can be used daily, is non-greasy, and leaves no unpleasant odor.
Suggested Use: Spray 4-5 sprays onto your skin and massage the area. After a while you may see a slight white residue forming on the areas where you have applied the spray. That is salt that has stayed behind on the skin and can be wiped or washed off. Add 2 oz to your bath or foot soak and soak for 20-30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. It can also be used as a deodorant..
Ingredients: 100% pure magnesium chloride brine from the Ancient Zechstein Seabed in the Netherlands.
N360 - Magnesium Oil - 8 Oz. Spray Bottle. $12.97
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