I was delighted to finally find a source of magnesium chloride that claimed to be edible. Here is a link to the product: Magnesium Chloride. For a while I was using the body spray magnesium oil which is a concentrated form of magnesium chloride and water or alcohol (Mag-A-Hol). The only downside of the spray is you really don’t know how much you’re getting both because spray lengths are variable and skin intake is likely variable based on the individual.
The only issue I have with using magnesium with alcohol is that you rub it on your torso’s fat. Your fat cells act like a little endocrine centers producing hormones, especially estrogen, through the use of the enzyme aromatase. Alcohol increases aromatase activity. Magnesium inhibits it. Seems counterproductive to mix these together.
As an engineer type, I like to know how much I’m actually getting of a given substance. Because too much of a good thing can be a bad thing, and too little of a good thing doesn’t do anything. Greenway Biotech does include dosage instructions on the bottle, but does not include any detail on how much magnesium you’re getting from the magnesium “shots.” While doing their shots, I’m certain you’re getting enough magnesium to do “good” things, it’s still not granular enough for me.
For those new to the magnesium scene, a lot of blogs just seem to parrot one another without actually looking at Pubmed or studies. Some say Magnesium Citrate is the best. Some say Magnesium Glycinate is the best. I’ve used both of these forms, and overall they seem fine. But I still like magnesium chloride, or the form I posted about recently in my Magnesium Carbonate article. Incidentally, I discovered you can also purchase Magnesium Carbonate on Amazon. I try to avoid non-homemade things as much as possible because you just don’t know about manufacturing. And I think we can all agree that magnesium oxide sucks.
Based on the studies linked below – we can probably all agree, magnesium chloride is absorbed and the body does something with it. ReMag is a brand of magnesium chloride that seems to be effective. It’s just expensive. Same with Magnesium Glycinate.
Now here we go with our own DIY project again.
There you have it. Add 3.14 tbsp to 8 ounces of distilled water. Every half teaspoon of that will give you 150mg of elemental magnesium without tasting too nasty.
The RDA for magnesium is 400 mg. Most studies with improvement from magnesium supplementation come from 600 mg + intakes. Most Americans are deficient in magnesium due to their diet which is low in magnesium and high in calcium and sodium. The Greenway Biotech bag actually calls for using 33 grams in a liter of water which is about 5.5 teaspoons of magnesium chloride so you can do that as well.
A dose of 600 mg is four half teaspoon doses referenced above. If your diet has adequate magnesium by eating the foods I reference in my post here, you won’t need as much.
Remember that all minerals interact with other minerals – some antagonistic and some synergistic.
Magnesium drives down lead. Lead drives down magnesium. Magnesium drives down sodium. Sodium drives down magnesium. Magnesium drives down phosphorus. Phosphorus drives down magnesium. Magnesium drives down calcium. Calcium drives down magnesium. Manganese drives down magnesium.
By drives down, one could conclude that it “uses up” meaning it could be a synergistic or antagonistic interaction. Either way – pay attention to these mineral interactions as you introduce magnesium in amounts that are not naturally found in modern food.
Studies on Magnesium
Magnesium chloride significantly increases of magnesium serum levels using magnesium chloride – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3506091/
Magnesium chloride also improved (reduced symptoms of) psychomotor response to 5-HT and d-amphetamine – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21535917
Magnesium chloride has a cardioprotective effect – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10641131
Magnesium chloride improves insulin sensitivity and increases serum magnesium levels 25% after administering 2.5gr / day – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15223977
Magnesium helps control blood sugar – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2128861113
Magnesium improves insulin sensitivity – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/212412904
Oral magnesium reduces insulin resistance – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/212051107
Magnesium protects against diabetic neuropathy – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/209571148
Magnesium improved skin in diabetic rats – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/208573434
Magnesium reduces systemic inflammation, insulin resistance and the incidence of diabetes – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/208078705
Magnesium improves vascular function in diabetic patients – vascular is heart and blood – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/207361423
Low magnesium IS related to obesity and inflammation – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/205367785
Magnesium chloride supplements help obese women lose weight – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2046021319
Magnesium protects the skin in diabetic dysfunction – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20299332
Magnesium improves heart health and hardening of arteries in diabetic patients – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed1
Magnesium is prescribed in gestational diabetes and in pre-eclampsia – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/201189412
Low magnesium is associated with insulin resistance – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/196294033