A Revolutionary Approach to
Magnesium Supplementation

It's amazing how transdermal magnesium chloride from the pristine, ancient Zechstein sea, stopped my knee from aching and eliminated the cramps in my feet. And I'm not the only one noticing the relief from pain. Everyone I know who has tried it has felt some relief.

Many people don't know that muscle cramps, facial tics, poor sleep and chronic pain are often symptoms of magnesium deficiency. Magnesium chloride is the best form of magnesium because it has the highest bioavailability, while simultaneously providing the chloride necessary for healthy digestion and vitamin and mineral absorption. And the best way to take your magnesium is transdermally because topical magnesium chloride works faster and does not have the side effects of oral supplements

How to Tell Whether You Get Enough Magnesium

Getting a blood test to check your magnesium levels can be misleading because only 1% of magnesium in the body is actually found in blood, and only .3% is found in blood serum. A better way is to assess your lifestyle, looking for those activities known to cause low magnesium levels. For instance,

  • If you drink carbonated beverages on a regular basis, the phosphates in must dark colored sodas bind with magnesium bind with magnesium inside the digestive tract, rendering it unavailable to the body.
  • If you regularly eat pastries, cakes, desserts, candies or other sweet foods, refined sugar causes the body to excrete magnesium through the kidneys.
  • If you have a lot of stress in your life, you are using up more magnesium then normal. stressful conditions require more magnesium
  • If you drink coffee, tea, or other caffeinated drinks daily, caffeine causes the kidneys to release extra magnesium regardless of body status.
  • If you use diuretics, heart medication, asthma medication, birth control pills or estrogen replacement therapy, certain drugs reduce magnesium levels in the body by increasing magnesium loss through excretion by the kidneys.
  • If you drink more than seven alcoholic beverages a week, alcohol lowers magnesium available to the cells by increasing the excretion of magnesium by the kidneys.

Another way to tell if you may have a magnesium deficiency is to observe your physical state. For instance, symptoms that you may be deficient in magnesium include feeling anxious, difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep, muscle spasms or cramping, fibromyalgia, facial tics or eye twitches.

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Types of Magnesium Supplements

There are a many different types of magnesium available, which vary by delivery and form of magnesium.

Oral Supplements

Oral forms of magnesium are swallowed and pass through the digestive tract. Tested levels of absorption of oral magnesium supplements vary from 4% absorbed to about 50%.

Mineral Salts of Magnesium

These forms of magnesium are typically minerals or salts found in nature, such as magnesium chloride, a common component of sea waters. Another term used for these types of magnesium supplements is “inorganic”, however this can be misleading as this form is often closest to the forms of magnesium actually found in nature. Mineral salt forms of magnesium supplements include:

  • Magnesium Bicarbonate
  • Magnesium Carbonate
  • Magnesium Chloride
  • Magnesium Hydroxide
  • Magnesium Oxide
  • Magnesium Phosphate
  • Magnesium Sulfate (or Magnesium Sulphate)

Magnesium Chloride

Magnesium chloride has been found to have the highest bioavailability of the above types of magnesium because of its superior solubility in water. Water solubility is important because it directly relates to supplement absorbability, as it is believed that the “non-saturable” component of magnesium absorption in the digestive system is related to “solvent drag”, the mechanism by which minerals and electrolytes accompany solvents such as water in the process of digestion and absorption.

Magnesium Oxide

Magnesium oxide is a common compound in the earth’s crust, comprising 35% of its content by mass. However, it has been found in medical studies to have one of the lowest degrees of bioavailability, as low as 4% bioavailable in one study. Therefore, most experts do not recommend magnesium oxide as the magnesium supplement of choice. Magnesium oxide is used in most store -bought brands of magnesium supplements due to its low cost and high availability.

Magnesium Acid Complexes

These forms of supplements represent acids bonded with magnesium, typically in a laboratory environment, to form a complex between magnesium and a compound of hydrogen, oxygen and sometimes carbon and nitrogen, known by chemists as an “organic compound”.

These types of magnesium are often referred to as “organic salts” of magnesium, as they are organic in the manner defined by a laboratory chemist, not in the manner defined in agriculture. Since they are typically not derived from food or plants, they cannot classify as “organic” by USDA standards. They include:

  • Magnesium Ascorbate
  • Magnesium Aspartate*
  • Magnesium Citrate
  • Magnesium Fumarate
  • Magnesium Gluconate
  • Magnesium Glutamate*
  • Magnesium Lactate
  • Magnesium Malate
  • Magnesium Pidolate

*Both magnesium aspartate as well as magnesium glutamate break down into neurotransmitters that, when not bound with other amino acids, are neurotoxic.

Amino Acid Magnesium Chelates

Chelated magnesium supplements are a type of biological acid complex in which the magnesium is bonded to an amino acid containing nitrogen, one of the basic building blocks of proteins.

Due to the complex chemical processes required to produce amino acid magnesium chelates in the laboratory, chelated supplements tend to be among the most expensive choices in magnesium supplements. Magnesium amino acid chelates include:

  • Magnesium Glycinate
  • Magnesium Lysinate
  • Magnesium Orotate
  • Magnesium Taurate

Acid complexes of magnesium and their subset, amino acid chelates, are generally more readily absorbed by the body. They rely not on solubility but on protein pathways for bio-availability.

How to Tell If You May Be Deficient in Magnesium

One method of assessing your magnesium status is to simply contact your health care provider and request detailed magnesium testing. However, magnesium assessment is typically done using blood serum testing, and these tests can be misleading. Only 1% of magnesium in the body is actually found in blood, and only .3% is found in blood serum, so clinical blood serum testing may not successfully identify magnesium deficiency.

A better way to get a sense of where your intake may lie is to ask yourself a few questions about your lifestyle and to watch for certain signs and signals of low magnesium levels. Click here to take the test.

The Best and Most Absorbable Magnesium

Only magnesium chloride, a magnesium mineral salt with extremely high solubility, has been found in medical studies to match or surpass the absorption of these forms of magnesium. Magnesium chloride is found naturally in sea water. The purest forms of magnesium chloride are sourced from the ancient Zechstein sea, an underground source which has been protected from modern impurities.

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Group image of Ancient Minerals Transdermal Magnesium ProductsAncient Minerals Magnesium Oil Products

We carry the following Ancient Minerals magnesium oil products:

  • Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil is a concentrated transdermal magnesium mineral supplement that is applied directly to the skin.
  • Ancient Minerals Magnesium Lotion is formulated for even the most sensitive individuals, while still delivering Ancient Minerals Magnesium oil through the skin, directly to the cells. Rich in organic plant moisturizers including coconut oil and shea butter, Ancient Minerals Magnesium Lotion soothes and hydrates without leaving your skin feeling waxy or greasy.
  • Ancient Minerals Magnesium Bath Flakes, or bath salts, are a form of transdermal magnesium, a method of mineral supplementation designed to deliver magnesium through the skin for rapid absorption into the cells.

Benefits of Ancient Minerals Magnesium Products

Ancient Minerals ultra pure magnesium products are healing by way of the skin, our body’s largest organ.

A form of transdermal magnesium therapy, magnesium oil, magnesium lotion and magnesium bath flakes are designed to deliver magnesium through the skin, bypassing the gastrointestinal tract for convenient, rapid absorption into the cells. Some benefits of Ancient Minerals topical magnesium:

  • Restores cellular magnesium levels
  • Natural cellular protectant
  • Facilitates safe and effective detoxification
  • Relief of aches, pains, spasms
  • Elevates mood and relieves stress
  • Encourages healthy skin tissue
  • Helps maintain proper muscle function
  • Boosts energy levels
  • Supports a healthy immune system
  • Balances the hormonal system
  • Calms overactive nerves
  • Improves quality of sleep
  • …and much more

Why Ancient Minerals?

The original and still the most popular, Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil is the most recommended magnesium oil among health practitioners and nutritionists worldwide — recommended specifically by both Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac. OMD, author of Transdermal Magnesium Therapy and Daniel Reid, author of The Tao of Health and The Tao of Detox.

According to Daniel Reid, best selling author of The Tao of Health and The Tao of Detox:

"Of all the sources we’ve tried, Ancient Minerals is the one that delivers the fastest, most potent therapeutic benefits. It contains essential elements that no longer exist in ocean water today, and is totally free of any toxic contaminant.”

Dr. Carolyn Dean, M.D. N.D., author of the authoritative book on magnesium, The Magnesium Miracle, recommends magnesium oil. She describes it as a a supersaturated magnesium chloride in water, which rubbed on the skin bypasses the intestines as it is absorbed into the tissues of the body. It also stimulates DHEA production that occurs in the skin.

Ancient Minerals Transdermal Magnesium Chloride Genuine Purity

Zechstein SealAncient Minerals takes its name from an ancient, pristine source, the ancient Zechstein Sea, which is a geological formation in Northern Europe from the Late Permian Era. For 250 million years Genuine Zechstein™ magnesium salt has been protected deep within the Zechstein sea bed at a depth of 1600 to 2000 meters beneath the earth’s crust, where it is isolated from the impurities of the modern world.

There are many other brands of magnesium chloride extracts from various ocean water and inland brine sources, but their purity is questionable since industrial pollutants have contaminated much of our sea water. One evidence of this pollution is mercury contaminated fish. And more recently, scientists have detected radioactivity in fish that have migrated into California waters from the ocean off Japan, fish that have been contaminated by radiation leaked from Japan's tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear reactors.

Ancient Minerals uutilizes only Genuine Zechstein™ magnesium chloride, the purest and most pristine source of natural magnesium chloride in the world, extracted in a preserved state from an ancient time millions of years prior to our modern age. There are no added ingredients except those found naturally occurring in the deep underground deposits of this pristine source.

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