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Epsom salts for Magnesium repletion

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 23, 2011 at 2:12 AM

After researching the best form of Magnesium to supplement with exhaustively, I learned that MgCl or MgSO4 salts used transdermally have the best absorption and are the most affordable. Epsom salts are the most convenient for me of the two forms, so I started doing foot soaks with the salts, but then I realized I had no idea how often I should do the foot soak in order to replete my Mg levels. By the way, I don't need to test my Mg levels because I eat very few foods with significant Mg amounts and have almost every one of the main symptoms of hypomagnesemia. There is only one study I know of (after extensive research) that analyzed the effects of Epsom salt baths on Mg (and SO4) levels. The study showed that Mg and SO4 levels in the blood were increased significantly in all but 3 of the 19 subjects after the Epsom salt baths, but they took the bath every day, which I can't do for multiple reasons. Does anyone have any personal experience using Epsom salts to increase Mg levels, or does anyone know of any other studies using either Epsom salts or MgCl salt? Thanks in advance to anyone who responds.

Here is the link to the study: http://www.mgwater.com/transdermal.shtml

The results of this study were very impressive in my opinion, because it accomplished in a week what most oral forms of Mg take months to accomplish. It is only one study, but the results were very conclusive to me. Plus who doesn't like a relaxing foot soak or bath after a long and stressful day?

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on May 20, 2012
at 01:10 AM

I'm not sure if it's worth the effort. I do add a much stronger concentration than what might be used in a bath, but I don't know if that offsets the reduced surface area.

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on May 19, 2012
at 07:35 PM

foot soaks and make a body spray, epsom salts or mag chloride flakes plus water, possibly some baking soda

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on April 23, 2012
at 07:02 PM

Yah, I know what u mean. If you're ever constipated, this is the best form of magnesium to take. Combine this with safe starch if you're zero-carbing, and you're guaranteed to go without straining.

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on December 21, 2011
at 09:35 PM

I think consumption of mineral salts like Epsom salts (orally or transdermally) is one of the few human behaviors that is both ancient and modern, which testifies to just how important they are for our health.

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on December 21, 2011
at 06:03 PM

Yah, multiple bowel movements per day. I had to reduce it to 1/4 teaspoon cuz it was making me too regular.

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on December 06, 2011
at 01:28 PM

mgwater is respected Mg related site. They provide lots of references and infos. Its far from quacky. I never did it, but it looks like transdermal MGS04 is good way of supplementation

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 06, 2011
at 01:27 PM

mgwater is respected Mg related site. They provide lots of references and infos. Its far from quicky. I never did it, but it looks like transdermal MGS04 is good way of supplementation.

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on November 22, 2011
at 05:43 AM

Travis - This is a different Jon. I meant what I asked but I guess I have my answer.

4bf5827bfb7df85c5b4b485db0945e64

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on November 22, 2011
at 05:42 AM

Travis - This is a different Jon. Thanks for down voting me lol. I meant what I asked and if that upsets you then I guess I have my answer.

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on November 19, 2011
at 04:59 AM

You have provided zero studies. The site you are linking is not a peer-reviewed journal, it's someone selling magnesium. The burden of proof is on you to prove the absurd claim that we evolved to primarily absorb magnesium transdermally. I can only assume that doing so causes brain damage, given your insistence of its efficacy without a shred of evidence.

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on November 19, 2011
at 03:15 AM

Travis, how do you know transdermal absorption is nowhere near as efficient as a oral Mg supplement? Do you have a source?

6cca02352c216b4ca8325fda7d83832c

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on November 02, 2011
at 06:36 PM

http://www.ancient-minerals.com/magnesium-chloride/#magnesium-absorption

6cca02352c216b4ca8325fda7d83832c

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on November 02, 2011
at 06:36 PM

Unfortunately I was only able to find two scientific studies on the use of transdermal magnesium forms after an exhaustive search, and they are both referenced in this article: http://www.ancient-minerals.com/transdermal-magnesium/#studies One used MgCl and the other, which I referenced directly above, used MgSO4. The study using MgCl raised cellular Mg levels significantly in 75% of participants, and the data from the other study is mentioned above. There are many reasons why we are better able to absorb Mg transdermally than orally, some of which are listed in the above article and here:

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on October 25, 2011
at 08:23 PM

Let's see a scientific paper that supports that. Why would we be better able to absorb magnesium from soaking in water than drinking it? Are you gonna go aquatic ape on me?

6cca02352c216b4ca8325fda7d83832c

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on October 25, 2011
at 07:57 PM

I have to second that. All of the research I have read on Mg absorption shows that transdermal absorption is far more efficient than intestinal absorption, hence why people often experience diarrhea from oral Mg supplements, but rarely from transdermal Mg products.

E286e6ba6ef6c4c4a31a749e59aa57e1

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on October 23, 2011
at 07:56 AM

I respectfully disagree.

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on October 23, 2011
at 06:42 AM

What I mean is I dissolve 1 tsp and drink the water.

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on October 23, 2011
at 06:42 AM

I take 1 teaspoon of Epsom Salt daily. That amounts to about 500mg. I also combine that with 135 in additional supplement dose. After I started taking Epsom Salt, my bowel movement is like clockwork.

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E286e6ba6ef6c4c4a31a749e59aa57e1

on October 23, 2011
at 08:02 AM

I agree with the OP, there are other benefits to Mag absorption via an Epsom Salt bath. Ive noticed better sleep, increased regularity, noticeable improvement in joint aches. My body absorbs it in the tub way better than with natural calm which simply make me have to go #2.

To each his own though, I would say try oral sups for a week see how you feel, then try a week of Epsom Salt baths for an N=1 comparison. Thats what I did.

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on December 21, 2011
at 05:26 PM

I found that magnesium pills were disastrous - straight through. But in the 4 weeks that I've been having long soaks in epsom salt baths, I am feeling so much better in so many ways. And stomach problems are reduced which is near miraculous. Sleeping is better too which is great as I have always been a very poor sleeper.

I can't help wondering if this is precisely why spa treatments worked and were so popular from the 17th to the early 20th century here in the UK. As most people ate food produced very near to where they lived, any mineral deficiency would cause troubles, and taking the waters at a spa - both orally and transdermally - would have made a huge range of symptoms / ailments go away.

6cca02352c216b4ca8325fda7d83832c

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on December 21, 2011
at 09:35 PM

I think consumption of mineral salts like Epsom salts (orally or transdermally) is one of the few human behaviors that is both ancient and modern, which testifies to just how important they are for our health.

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on December 21, 2011
at 05:19 PM

I've never been able to find a Mg supplement that doesn't upset my stomach. I had some muscle soreness after moving large quantities of furniture into a walk-up and I've discovered that epsom salts make a nice soak and also possibly solve my supplementation issue. I don't think there is any particular evolutionary reason, but personally I'm sensitive to both supplements and some of the best food sources of this mineral.

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on October 23, 2011
at 02:31 AM

http://jackkruse.com/gnolls-com-opens-the-door-to-obesity-fight/

Dr K has a pretty good posting on Magnesium and does mention epsom salts.

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on December 21, 2011
at 08:08 PM

Transdermal works from experience. Magensium oil when I remember, to use it, and on a part of me that doesn't matter if it gets red, absorbs nicely with digestive upset. Kind of afraid of trying Epsom salts, not sure how the body will react to that as opposed ot the 2 teaspoons of natural calms a day I do. Epsom salt even made me go when I was just soaking my feet. I had injured the feet from bare foot running.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

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on April 23, 2012
at 07:02 PM

Yah, I know what u mean. If you're ever constipated, this is the best form of magnesium to take. Combine this with safe starch if you're zero-carbing, and you're guaranteed to go without straining.

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7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

on April 23, 2012
at 08:16 PM

I don't have access to a bath tub.

Do you think doing epsom salt FOOT SOAKS is worth the effort since the surface area is sooo much less than a full body soak?

Thanks for any thoughts, Mike

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on May 20, 2012
at 01:10 AM

I'm not sure if it's worth the effort. I do add a much stronger concentration than what might be used in a bath, but I don't know if that offsets the reduced surface area.

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

(1791)

on May 19, 2012
at 07:35 PM

foot soaks and make a body spray, epsom salts or mag chloride flakes plus water, possibly some baking soda

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on April 23, 2012
at 06:33 PM

Bumping. Anyone have thoughts on whether the flakes are superior to oil for transdermal application? Would you go easier on applying to children versus adults?

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on October 23, 2011
at 02:20 AM

Transdermal absorption is nowhere near as efficient as simply taking a chelated magnesium supplement orally. Gluconate with B6 is generally well-tolerated and has excellent absorption.

E286e6ba6ef6c4c4a31a749e59aa57e1

(608)

on October 23, 2011
at 07:56 AM

I respectfully disagree.

Medium avatar

(39821)

on October 25, 2011
at 08:23 PM

Let's see a scientific paper that supports that. Why would we be better able to absorb magnesium from soaking in water than drinking it? Are you gonna go aquatic ape on me?

6cca02352c216b4ca8325fda7d83832c

(1042)

on October 25, 2011
at 07:57 PM

I have to second that. All of the research I have read on Mg absorption shows that transdermal absorption is far more efficient than intestinal absorption, hence why people often experience diarrhea from oral Mg supplements, but rarely from transdermal Mg products.

6cca02352c216b4ca8325fda7d83832c

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on November 02, 2011
at 06:36 PM

http://www.ancient-minerals.com/magnesium-chloride/#magnesium-absorption

6cca02352c216b4ca8325fda7d83832c

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on November 02, 2011
at 06:36 PM

Unfortunately I was only able to find two scientific studies on the use of transdermal magnesium forms after an exhaustive search, and they are both referenced in this article: http://www.ancient-minerals.com/transdermal-magnesium/#studies One used MgCl and the other, which I referenced directly above, used MgSO4. The study using MgCl raised cellular Mg levels significantly in 75% of participants, and the data from the other study is mentioned above. There are many reasons why we are better able to absorb Mg transdermally than orally, some of which are listed in the above article and here:

4bf5827bfb7df85c5b4b485db0945e64

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on November 19, 2011
at 03:15 AM

Travis, how do you know transdermal absorption is nowhere near as efficient as a oral Mg supplement? Do you have a source?

Medium avatar

(39821)

on November 19, 2011
at 04:59 AM

You have provided zero studies. The site you are linking is not a peer-reviewed journal, it's someone selling magnesium. The burden of proof is on you to prove the absurd claim that we evolved to primarily absorb magnesium transdermally. I can only assume that doing so causes brain damage, given your insistence of its efficacy without a shred of evidence.

4bf5827bfb7df85c5b4b485db0945e64

(1386)

on November 22, 2011
at 05:42 AM

Travis - This is a different Jon. Thanks for down voting me lol. I meant what I asked and if that upsets you then I guess I have my answer.

4bf5827bfb7df85c5b4b485db0945e64

(1386)

on November 22, 2011
at 05:43 AM

Travis - This is a different Jon. I meant what I asked but I guess I have my answer.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 06, 2011
at 01:27 PM

mgwater is respected Mg related site. They provide lots of references and infos. Its far from quicky. I never did it, but it looks like transdermal MGS04 is good way of supplementation.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 06, 2011
at 01:28 PM

mgwater is respected Mg related site. They provide lots of references and infos. Its far from quacky. I never did it, but it looks like transdermal MGS04 is good way of supplementation

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