Magnesium is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in our body. To name a few, magnesium helps regulate normal muscle and nerve function, blood pressure, and blood glucose control. It’s also necessary for the correct formation of our teeth and bones, and is required for the synthesis of DNA and RNA. It’s required for the metabolism of carbohydrates, amino acids, and fats. As you can see, magnesium is involved in some big time things happening throughout our body.
Do I Need Magnesium?
The first symptoms of magnesium deficiency can be subtle. Most magnesium is stored in our tissues so leg cramps, foot pain, or muscle twitches and spasms can be the first sign, such as when the corner of your eye twitches.
It’s a form of magnesium, commonly found as bath flakes, lotion, oil, or gel, and it’s rubbed on your skin. Topical applications of nutrients are known to be very beneficial because the nutrients absorb very well. Transdermal delivery bypasses the liver and stomach, and enters straight into the bloodstream. Transdermal application of magnesium in the chloride form will raise magnesium levels within the body over a relatively short period of time.
Another example of successful transdermal application is use of the nicotine patch, which soaks through your skin to effectively reduce cravings.
Benefits of Transdermal Magnesium
Applying magnesium topically is linked to many uses. People swear by applying a magnesium lotion for relaxation and sleep support and suggest putting it on before bedtime. It’s also linked to supporting your mood, relaxation, energy levels, stress management, reduced muscle aches, pains, and cramps, and healthier skin.
Because there are so many uses for magnesium, I suggest consulting with a health care practitioner knowledgeable and active in this area of nutrition.
Note: Oral magnesium acts as a laxative by causing a more rapid gut transit time. One benefit of transdermal magnesium is bypassing the intestinal system.
In Health and Happiness,
Kelly Harrington, MS, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Healthy Goods