Why Magnesium Supplements Don’t Work

You’re not getting enough magnesium, and that may be the cause of your lethargy, headaches, depression, anxiety, etc. You want to speed up the process of feeling 100% again, like anyone would. Sure, diet is important, but you want a way to ensure your daily minimums needs for magnesium are met.

It makes sense to go for magnesium supplements, right?

Despite the billion dollar supplement industry telling you “yes,” there’s a deeper story…..

…and that story is that oral magnesium supplements probably don’t work at all to raise your magnesium levels where it counts – in your cells.

The absorption of magnesium taken in pill form has not been proven at all, though plenty of evidence suggests mcuh of it is simply passed out through your urine. Numerous studies of the benefits of magnesium have shown that, while dietary magnesium has all kinds of wonderful effects, the same amount of magnesium taken in oral supplements has no effect at all.

Worse, if you just increase the dosage of supplements in hopes that 20% of a lot will be as good as 100% of a little, you will give yourself the first indication of magnesium overdose…diarrhea.

Oh, joy…

There is also evidence that shows oral magnesium, taken regularly, can still take up to a year to raise your cell magnesium levels to where they ought to be.

Proponents of oral magnesium will tell you to take the pills at certain intervals, early in the morning before eating, then before lunch, and again in the evening – on an empty stomach. While this may help absorption, it seems as though the maximum rate is 40%.  While 40% is not all that bad, any doctor will tell you that human beings are notoriously poor at sticking to medication schedules. We mean well, but it’s just a pain in the neck to have to stick to a schedule of pills, especially when most of us have full schedules already. And again this brings us back to the studies that show no efficacy at all for magnesium supplements where dietary magnesium has had significant effect. Something necessary is obviously missing from the oral supplements.

So, I just have to stick with diet and be patient?

Well, do stick with a magnesium rich diet, because in the long run that’s what will best ensure that your cells are adequately stocked with healthy magnesium levels. Yet, a tiny corner of that billion dollar nutrition market is devoted to a kind of magnesium supplement that is often effective where supplements are not. The reason it’s effective is because it skips the digestive track altogether. It instead enters your system through your skin. This is called transdermal magnesium therapy.

What is transdermal magnesium?

First off, remember that the skin is the ideal transfer mechanism for body detoxification minerals. The stomach and digestive system carry enzymes that greatly reduce the efficacy of anything taken orally.

Also remember that humans have been using the skin to absorb medicinal minerals since antiquity. You may have done so yourself, as that is exactly what a hot spring is. The Japanese still regularly bath in hot springs, and have one of the worlds’ longest health spans. In fact, the springs need not be hot.

A 30 minute soak in the ocean is a great way to get the magnesium you need, depending on where you are. (The Dead Sea has one of the highest concentrations of magnesium of any body of water.)

Transdermal magnesium “oil” simply makes these methods more accessible for our busy lives. (I say “oil” because it’s not an oil at all, but a magnesium extract.)

You could just put the magnesium oil in the bath, but you would have to use quite a lot to get the concentrations you need to match the Dead Sea. On the other hand, you can spray on about one ounce per day, and massage it across various parts of your body to great effect. Some people spray and additional squirt directly in their mouths, less for the oral effect than as a method of dental care to prevent gingivitis and tooth decay.

(Yes, it’s true that dental inflammations like these can affect your whole body health.)

This is the surest way to see quick result from magnesium, and is backed by numerous reports from users around the world.

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