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Magnesium Chloride Product Analysis

Published on December 8, 2009

Magnesium is nothing short of a miracle mineral in its healing effect on a wide range of diseases as well as in its ability to rejuvenate the aging body.

Magnesium chloride is one of the best kept secrets, not only in naturopathic medicine but in the world of allopathic medicine where it is used in emergency rooms to save lives. Magnesium chloride has a dramatic effect on cell life and is vastly safer to use than aspirin. Why is magnesium chloride so effective in so many medical situations? “Magnesium is necessary for the normal function of over 300 enzyme systems, for muscle relaxation, immune function, cardiac function, clotting, nerve conduction etc. Indeed I cannot think of a bodily department in which magnesium is not essential. It prevents heart disease, cancer, blood pressure, kidney stones and improves energy, sleep etc.” reports Dr. Sara Myhill.

Those who consumed the most magnesium had about a 31-percent reduced risk of developing metabolic syndromes. Metabolic syndrome is a collection of conditions, including high blood pressure, high triglycerides, lower levels of HDL, or good cholesterol, higher waist circumference, and higher than normal blood sugar. People with metabolic syndrome are at significant risk for heart disease and diabetes.

Magnesium chloride is a versatile medicine we can all put in our medicine cabinets. It boosts almost all aspects of cell physiology and can be used orally, intravenously, and transdermally. Magnesium chloride treatments address systemic nutritional deficiencies, act to improve the function of our cells and immune system, and help protect cells from oxidative damage. It’s a systemic medicine as well as a local one bringing new life and energy to the cells wherever it is applied topically. Minerals like magnesium help with everyday body processes, reduce risk of certain cancers, strengthen muscles and tissues, and help develop organs and tissues as well as keeping them from deteriorating.

The biggest benefit of topical/transdermal magnesium chloride administration is that the intestines are not adversely impacted by large doses of oral magnesium.

According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studies show that as many as two thirds of all Americans do not consume enough magnesium. The latest government study shows a staggering 68% of Americans do not consume the recommended daily intake of magnesium, which is set way too low meaning these statistics are understatements. Even more frightening are data from this study showing that 19% of Americans do not consume even half of the government’s recommended daily intake of magnesium.

Magnesium chloride is a potent substance that penetrates the cells with stunning result on cell biochemistry.

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There is no mystery in the idea that it’s always good to eat the most pure whole foods we can find and the same can be said about magnesium chloride solutions. There are many magnesium chloride products on the market and some new ones arriving on the scene. Some are natural ones taken from the sea and other surface bodies of water, others are taken from brine flows at certain lakes, and now we find an large sea of it 1500 meters underground in the Northern Europe that is hundreds of millions of years old and as pure as can be.  Then there are the unnatural types that are pharmaceutical powders and crystals that are made by industrial process using hydrochloric acid. These magnesium products come in different grades.[1]

Most magnesium chloride hexahydrate available today is the manufactured form made with hydrochloric acid, and added to water. In this process magnesium chloride is regenerated from magnesium hydroxide using hydrochloric acid.Mg(OH)2(s) + 2 HCl ? MgCl2(aq) + 2 H2O(l)

Oral magnesium chloride is well tolerated and gets absorbed very quickly and is inexpensive. Magnesium chloride hexahydrate can be purchased from most chemical supply houses without a prescription.

What is of concern to us all is the relative purity or level relative level of contamination. My official position on the pharmaceutical stuff, which often contains 25 times the heavy metal pollution than natural seawater evaporation solutions, is that it’s a thousand times better than nothing. Often in many countries it is the only magnesium chloride product one can find. My complaint against these pharmaceutical materials is that they have high levels of lead, and other undesirable elements. They do not feel the same on the skin as natural solutions, but to do without when in need of magnesium supplementation is like not breathing air when living on earth because of the pollution.

A typical magnesium chloride hexahydrate solution might have about ten parts per million of heavy metals.[2],[3] Some synthetic products only have about 5ml/kilo meaning only five parts per million of heavy metals.[4] In general these industrial made magnesium chloride products are inexpensive when purchased in bulk and can be dumped in your bathtub for relaxation and medical treatment. Most technical grade hexahydrate solutions usually maintain in solution about 25 percent magnesium chloride whereas the natural brines are up at around 32 percent sometimes peaking out at 35 percent before we find magnesium crystals forming at the bottom of the container.

The problem with oral magnesium is that all magnesium compounds are potentially laxative.

Lead is a problem not only in children’s toys and household plumbing but also in magnesium products. Jamieson™, Natural Sources Calcium Magnesium is not approved by Consumer Labs because it contains 1.9 mcg of lead per daily serving. Weil™, Andrew Weil, M.D. Balanced Cal-Mag is also not approved by Consumer Labs because it contains 2.3 mcg of lead per daily serving.[5]

Great Salt Lake has magnesium chloride

Mercury is also a problem in some of the available magnesium products and it’s a growing concern on earth today. There is at least one company selling magnesium chloride brine from the Great Salt Lake but federal scientists studying the lake have found some of the highest levels of mercury ever measured anywhere. Concentrations of methylmercury, the element’s most poisonous form exceeded 25 nanograms per liter of water. Fish consumption warnings have been issued when there was just 1 nanogram per liter. “We thought we would find some high levels of methylmercury,” said David Naftz, the USGS research hydrologist who is heading the Great Salt Lake project, “but not some of the highest (the USGS) has ever found.”

The deep waters of the Great Salt Lake which may contain high levels of mercury

The deepest waters of the Great Salt Lake may contain even more toxic mercury than previously known. That’s according to water tests done by Kennecott Utah Copper a few years ago, two years after samples that triggered alarms about mercury throughout Utah.[6] The large surface area of the lake may collect a lot of mercury from atmospheric deposition. Once in the lake, sulfate-reducing bacteria that live in the deep brine layer may facilitate the creation of methylmercury. Preliminary analyses indicate that methylmercury levels in the deep brine layer of Utah’s Great Salt Lake are among the highest ever measured by the USGS.[7]

One needs to be seriously concerned about purchasing products coming from the Great Salt Lake and companies making claims about purity yet have no documentation to prove support their assertions.. There are very few producers of transdermal magnesium products that actively test their product with standardized labs tests, let alone disclose these tests to the public.  It is not advisable to take someone’s word on such matters.

The sea which magnesium oil can be gathered by salt water evaporation

Magnesium Oil, a solution gathered by salt water evaporation has been our favorite magnesium chloride solution until now but we found after a few years of experience that is was not pure enough for medical or health use. Certainly it could never be taken orally as the pharmaceutical stuff can be. Though it can be filtered fairly well if it is bottled in a certified laboratory and bottling company it can still smell and sting when put on the skin. I now only recommend magnesium oil products that come from certified laboratories and bottling companies and even then do not suggest sea water magnesium oil from open and unprotected ponds. These kinds of ponds where created to produce magnesium chloride in large quantities for use as a road salt and for crop dusting. It makes a wonderful fertilizer for the soil.

For the very purest magnesium oil we now have to turn to Europe. Deep underground is a 250 million old inactive sea of magnesium chloride oil that has never been touched by modern day pollution and there is enough of it down there to last humanity hundreds of years. It is so pure that I use it as a mouthwash and then swallow what is in my mouth for oral supplementation. It is ideal not only for oral intake but practically insures that skin reactions will be absent even at full strength. This is the magnesium chloride oil I recommend along with an iodine for all skin cancers as well as breast cancer. This magnesium oil is called Ancient Minerals.

Special Note for Health Care Practitioners: In critical situations where heavy application is a must, one needs the confidence that patients will be able to tolerate without discomfort the application of the magnesium chloride all over the body. To have an emergency situation where a patient is in desperate need we need the purest available.

Magnesium chloride oil from Ancient Minerals

To gaze on 64 ounces of it is to gaze on the purest, most powerful medicine obtainable anywhere in the world. Its pure healing power and versatility of its use make it a non-option in every medicine cabinet and in every doctor’s dispensary. It certainly would be the product of choice for skin beauty care and for straight oral supplementation. Beauty and health are in reality highly related subjects. Rarely do we see an unhealthy person who is beautiful or a beautiful person who is grossly unhealthy. As we lose our health our beauty is diminished by the diseases we fall victim to. In ancient China magnesium is called the beautiful metal and it will bring nothing but beauty to one’s life, body and skin.

Hawaii seawater

One of Hawaii’s fastest-growing exports is based on a commodity the state is soaking in: seawater. Super-cold water sucked up from thousands of feet below the Pacific Ocean’s surface is being marketed as healthy, pure, mineral-rich drinking water. Japanese consumers are paying top dollar for desalinated Hawaiian deep-sea water being marketed as a dietary supplement that aids weight loss, stress reduction, skin tone and digestion. So valuable do they find this that they are willing to pay a cool $2,144 a gallon for a concentrated form of this deep sea water. Two-ounce bottles of Hawaii Deep Marine’s Kona Nigari seawater mineral concentrate (to mix with regular water) sell for $33.50 at the Key of Life store in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, reported USA Today.[9]

However, the magnesium oil from this ancient deposit in Northern Europe will be a hit in the Far East where they appreciate the purity and quality of such products especially because the cost is dramatically lower than the price from Hawaii.  If purchased by the half gallon, Ancient Minerals magnesium oil comes in at about $3.75 per 2 fluid ounces, and it gets my vote for all time purest, most powerful, useful medicinal substance in the world. Lesser quality evaporated seawater magnesium oil would come in at an average of about $1.60 for two ounces (when purchased by the gallon) but there are certain limits we have to put on contamination with heavy metals and other contaminants with any medicinal.

Most toxic industrially created magnesium chloride products would weigh in around 80 cents for two ounces and we readily recommend them when nothing else is available. The Ancient Minerals bath flakes take the cake in this regard though. In this product you get both great quality and low price. It weighs in terms of dry ounces at only 49 cents an ounce. So this brand offers it all, in their oil the unbeatable purest medicinal in the world and in their flakes the second best quality (next to their oil) but an unbeatable price. Medical doctors and all healthcare professionals have to be concerned with the price of products without dropping the ball on quality.

*Special Note about “Pharmaceutical Grade” magnesium chloride products: Recently there have been several manufacturers of transdermal magnesium chloride products on the web, simply stating the purity of their product as “pharmaceutical grade.”  Unfortunately, this is insufficient.  It does not give us any real information or insight into the quality of the product.  First and foremost, many of them cannot or will not supply laboratory proof to support their claim.  Secondly, the standards for pharmaceutical grade magnesium chloride are too relaxed.  A producer can refer to their magnesium chloride products as pharmaceutical grade provided that it does not contain more than 10 parts per million of heavy metals (mercury, cadmium, lead, etc), which is definitely not considered to be a product suited for medical use.

There are many other excellent products high in magnesium content, one of special note is the Dead Sea Salt. It is both high in magnesium and potassium and is good for strong mineral baths. One will not find that it replaces a high potency magnesium chloride but it is a healing agent in its own right. There are actually many such salt and brine works and salt is a huge subject in and of itself. Himalayan Salts, Real Salt, Celtic Salts are some of the finest in the world and are worth their weight in gold.

Epsom Salts are wonderful for many applications and one can put hundreds of pounds of it in isolation chambers so you can float easily in them. They have soothing but limiting health and healing effect in comparison to magnesium chloride, which could never be put in great quantities in the water you bathe in. For some reason magnesium chloride is hugely more absorbable through transdermal means than magnesium sulfate (Epsom Salt). Though magnesium sulfate is equally effective in the emergency room, saving cardiac arrest patients with ease, it does not come anywhere near to the level of medicinal potency of magnesium chloride in the transdermal world of application and approach. The real value in Epsom Salts is not the magnesium, which is not easily absorbed or retainable in that form. It’s the sulfur and the best way to get sulfur into the body is with MSM or sodium thiosulfate.

[1] There are many grades of magnesium chloride. When making a solution, one must first decide what degree of chemical purity is needed. Choose the most appropriate grade based on need and cost. In order of purity, from highest to lowest we have:

ACS: Highest quality; often equals or exceeds the latest purity standards set by the American Chemical Society (ACS). This is the only universally accepted standard. Chemicals are of the highest purity attainable.

Reagent: Purity is generally equal to ACS grade. This grade is suitable for analytical work and is more than adequate for general lab use.

USP: A grade of sufficient purity to pass certain tests prescribed by the US Pharmacopoeia (USP); acceptable for drug use. USP grade may be used for most laboratory purposes.

NF: A grade of sufficient purity to meet the standards of the National Formulary (NF).

Lab: An upper-level intermediate quality. Exact impurities may not be known; however, lab grade is usually pure enough for most educational laboratories.

Pure: Purified, pure, or practical grade; a lower-level intermediate quality. Although this grade does contain impurities, it is usually pure enough for use in educational laboratories.

Technical: A good-quality grade used industrially. Use caution when substituting for reagent-grade or lab-grade chemicals.

Technical Grade is for laboratory use only and are not intended for medical, drug, food or household use.

[8] LL’s Magnetic Clay, Inc.
PO Box 619, San Ramon CA 94583
Toll Free (800) 257-3315
+1 925 968 1571  For out of Country Calls
Fax (925) 968-1960

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  • Irina Peridaki

    Is magnesium chloride flakes the same as the “dead sea salts” found in the dead sea, Jordan?
    I am interested in making Magnesium Oil..


    Magnesium Ease contains only 2 ingredients: Ultra Purified H2O (water) and above Pharmaceutical Grade Magnesium Chloride Hexahydrate (99.99999999% pure).
    dr sircus has any problem with that one ?
    isent that a better option then plain mag chloride ?

    • Kelcey1

      I was wondering the same thing as EASE was recommended on a recent online seminar I listened to. The speaker said that if the magnesium makes you a bit itchy it is not pure. Is this true? After reading this article I’m going to stick with Ancient Minerals which I have been using for years. It did make me a bit itchy when I first started using it but that went away after just a week or so.

  • Buzukia

    Has anyone seems an increase in their bod magnesium level after using the purest magnesium chloride oil/flakes?

    • Yes, I sure have. I was under medical care and having mag levels checked regularly……at first they were very low (serum) but after regular use of spraying on the skin, with massages, and taking baths with magnesium bath flakes, my magnesium levels rose to an acceptable level.
      I felt better pretty quickly.

      Claudia French

  • Sharon

    I would like to know why I feel like I have taken sleeping tablets when I use magnesium. I find mag chloride is the best but I am very deficient and have the need of taking some extra supplements. They leave me feeling a bit hung over. I would like to understand what may be happening. I feel the same with my natural Progesterone as well.

  • I drank magnesium chloride dissolved 33 grams into 1 liter of water and I took a small cup and it made me strongly diarrhea…I read Here it could be dangerous I need your comments please, thanks, Esther

    • Dear Esther,

      You drank way too much if you drank 33 gm in water. Generally magnesium chloride in excess will cause diarrhea and the body will flush it right out of your system. You should be able to take up to 2 gm. without problems. Drastically cut back on the amount you are drinking.
      Claudia French

  • Fred

    Hi — the same could be said of high dose vitamin C, that its laxative effects can be a burden to proper consumption of this vital supplement. However, I believe it was Dr. Pauling who said to a colleague, on this matter, something to the effect that “is it so bad to have loose stools?” His point, of course, is that it’s better to have loose bowel movements than to be constipated. I have often thought of his remark because it seems we have such an aversion to loose stools, when in fact, the opposite, hard bowels, are cause for so many health problems. So, I am one of those who will gladly suffer loose stools if it means better health overall.

  • Lynn

    Is there a topical Magnesium Chloride Hexahydrate that you can recommend? Theregular magnesium oil stings too much. Thanks!

    • Lynn, Dr. Sircus recommends the magnesium products from LL’s Magnetic Clay. They have developed a number of lotions and gels that cut down on the stinging. The stinging should go away once your skin becomes accustomed to it. Rinse off after 20-30 minutes as the magensium will be absorbed at this point. Rinsing will cut the stinging. Dilute the products if stinging is too much for you.

      These are the best products:
      Claudia French

    • Yes the debate continues now that there is media coverage about selenium.
      Read Dr. Sircus’ book on Selenium. Much depends on the type of selenium being used and Dr. Sircus explains this in the book and makes recommendations for what is the proper selenium to use….and the safest. .

      Also Dr. Sanjay Gupta seems to have a good take on this debate:
      Claudia French

    • Fred

      Hi Lynn, as I get older, I find that the initial stinging sensation of magnesium turns into a nice heating effect on my skin. It actually feels like someone has lain a heating pad over the area. I am starting to like the stinging effect for its warmth!

  • Lynn

    Do you know if Magnesium Infusion by Activation is a good product? It is Magnesium Chloride Hexahydrate.

    • We have never tested this product and are not familiar with this company. Information on the website is lacking in useful information such as directions for use, amount of magnesium delivered, sourcing of magnesium etc. Perhaps this info is buried in the blogs but it is not readily accessible. So we cannot make a recommendation whether this is a good or insufficient product. There are too many products coming out like this and it is impossible to make comparisons of them all. Sorry.
      Claudia French

  • Theresa Raye

    Have you had any experience with magnesium chloride helping someone with multiple sclerosis? If so, how did they use it and how did it help? Thank you!

    • Theresa, have you seen this article that Dr. Sircus wrote on how his protocol items of magnesium, iodine and cannabis can help people with MS? Its very good with lots of references to reports of what has come up in the research. Many people have reported being helped by oral magnesium, though we prefer the topical use of magnesium chloride for its more rapid entrance into the blood.
      If you do a search on Multiple Sclerosis from our search box at the top of each page, you will find some of the other articles we have available on this. Also please consider using some of the other protocol items in addition to magnesium.

      In the book Transdermal Magensium Therapy are some testimonials from clients with neurological disorders who have shown a great deal of improvement in a number of areas. also available in hardcopy from
      Claudia French

  • Kerrie

    hi you mention that 5-10ppm in other magnesium chloride solutions is too high, and that they don’t need lab results. I presume you have lab results for the one you are using – what is the ppm concentration of mercury in your Ancient Minerals magnesium oil?

    • You can contact LL’s Magnetic Clay who have these testing results available and who are happy to share them with you. If I remember correctly there was no detectectable amount of mercury in the magnesium chloride coming from them.
      Their contaxt information is right on this page:
      But there is discusssion of the lab testing at this page: where it states:
      Independent Test Results
      Ancient Minerals is completely free of:

      a.. Mercury
      b.. Lead
      c.. Arsenic
      d.. Fluoride

      Claudia French

  • I’ve recently started using Ancient Minerals Magnesium oil on my family. I have a 15 month old that has developed asthmatic issues, that seems to be responding to the magnesium, but I am not completely sure if that’s why he hasn’t needed any medication for almost 3 weeks. I am using about 2-3 squirts of the oil on his feet once a day or every other day- is this enough? Also I am a little hesitant to try the magnesium in the nebulizer with my toddler because after carefully following the dilution directions with my 20 year old sister who has Cystic Fibrosis, she experienced a burning sensation when doing the treatment. We discontinued, although it was tolerable and she felt much better later that day(possibly due to the small amount of magnesium through the nebulizer?). Is this burning sensation normal with nebulized magnesium. Also the dilution direction yields about a cup of liquid-way too much to use all at once in a nebulizer for 1 treatment, unless we just continue for an hour or so I think. What does Dr. Sircus recommend with this- do the entire amount or store and use over several days? Thank you!!

    • Hello Jessica,

      Nebulized Magnesium may cause some irritation to the bronchial tubes, as it does to the skin of sensitive people. You can dilute the mag oil further if this is uncomfortable. Stop the procedure if it causes excess coughing or wheezing.

      It could very well be that your toddler is responnding to the magnesium you are applying for his asthsmatic condition!! You don’t always have to nebulize to obtain the effects that magensium can bring . This should really be considered carefully and cautiously.

      Nebulization should be done for about 10-20 minutes per treatment, not an hour. You can save the mixed solution for re-use for the day, and do treatments 2-4 times per day and only filling up the nebulizer chamber and allowing it to vaporize once during each treatment. Most chambers only hold about 5-10 cc of fluid and this should be adequate.

      • Thank you!! We have continued to have success with transdermal application of the magnesium on our 16 month old son. His asthmatic systoms have almost completely disappeared! I say almost because I am not sure if his occasional coughing is due to a virus that has been going around this part and through our family and friends. Occasional coughing I can deal with though as he was having severe retracting that ended us in the ER several times in December..THANK YOU!! I will continue to keep you posted as there may be others looking to use this for treatment of asthma!:)

        • Jessica, Thanks for sharing your success with magnesium oil…….so glad for you son’s asthma……this is great news! —– Original Message —–
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          Thank you!! We have continued to have success with transdermal application of the magnesium on our 16 month old son. His asthmatic systoms have almost completely disappeared! I say almost because I am not sure if his occasional coughing is due to a virus that has been going around this part and through our family and friends. Occasional coughing I can deal with though as he was having severe retracting that ended us in the ER several times in December..THANK YOU!! I will continue to keep you posted as there may be others looking to use this for treatment of asthma!:)
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      • Will also give you an update in about a month on my sister as we will heed your advice on the nebulized magnesium and give it a try. 🙂

  • Thanks for the info! BUT as I am already taking 2 drops of Nascent iodine with water every am for thyroid issues, would adding a drop 20-30 times daily directly on the cancer followed by a drop of Mag. oil be too much? If not how long should I do this? Will just the mag. oil do the trick?

    Thanks again!

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Peggy,

      Putting the nascent iodine or Lugol’s directly on the site of the skin cancer is what is recommended by Dr. Tulio Simoncini of Rome, who brought us the treatment of using sodium bicarbonate for cancer. It is reported by him to be highly effective in destroying the skin cancer if specific directions are followed and those include the numrerous applications every day of the iodine.

      Two drops of nascent iodine is a very low dose to be taking for your thyroid issues. You would certainly need to be watchful for any change in thyroid status when using the iodine topically.

      Sodium bicarbonate can also be tried. Use a paste of sodium bicarbonate and apply in alternatively with the iodine. Magnesium chloride can also be applied but will probably not work as well on its own, though you can try that too.

      You need to read the information on using iodine on skin cancers by Dr. Sircus and Dr. Simoncini, or to get a consultation with Dr. Sircus to determine how much, how often and for how long to use the iodine. Usually it is used till scabs form and fall off on their own, three times, I believe…or until no more scabbing occurs.

  • For skin cancer how much iodine (I use Nascent) to Ancient Minerals Magnesium oil would one use and how often. Currently I am using Frakincense & Myhrr and they are helping but like to have more options. Thanking you in advance for your time and assistance.

    Your friend in Hope & Health!


    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Hi Peggy

      For skin cancers you use the iodine and magnesium oil separately, not mixed.

      Apply alternatively. It’s preferable if you can get 7% iodine somewhere, otherwise apply frequently…..20=30 times per day.

  • For skin cancer how much iodine (I use Nascent)to Ancient Minerals Magnesium oil would one use and how often. Currently I am using Frakincense & Myhrr and they are helping but like to have more options. Thanking you in advance for your time and assistance.

    Your friend in Hope & Health!


  • Gillian A


    I want to get some magnesium spray but it would appear that it has to be rinsed off after a certain amount of time. Is this true? Or can it be left on until the next shower? I shower every morning so it could be on mt skin for 24 hours, is this a problem?
    I am hoping that it will help me as I have high blood pressure, am overweight, and have raging insomnia, I can’t remember the last time I slept through the night 🙁

    I would appreciate a quick response so I can place my order as soon as possible, I am really glad that I have managed to find somewhere in Australia who sells Ancient Minerals!!

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Gillian,

      Whether or not you can leave the magnesium oil from shower to shower completely depends on an individual’s skin and his sensitivity to the chlorides in the solution. Some people are more sensitive than others, some need to rinse it off after 20-30 minutes and some do not. Sufficient magnesium will be absorbed in 20-30 minutes time.

      Personally I do not have to rinse off magnesium oil on my skin. I can leave it dry without problem other than a mild irritation at the beginning and a mild rash till my skin became accustomed to the oil. The benefits far outweight the initial irritation felt when first using magnesium oil. It leaves a nice glow to my skin.

      Try using it before bedtime, or re-apply before bedtime for a better night’s sleep. You will have to do a bit of trial and error to see if you can go without rinsing it off. The rinsing is just to relieve the irritation some may feel. Its not necessary at all.

  • Rina

    I have been reading on the benefits of magnesium chloride, By reading the above questions and comments , I am see many are as confused as I am. It seems that there are several kinds and one doesn’t know which one would be the best to try out.
    I see no answers above – only questions

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Rina,

      I hope its clear to everyone that Dr. Sircus and IMVA recommend transdermal use of magnesium oil with Ancient Minerals brand to be the “best” one to use for everyone. This is what we have researched , wrote books on, use ourselves and know to be much more effective and more pure than other brands on the market.

      Get some Ancient Minerals Magnesium oil or one of their other magnesium products (bath flakes, lotion, or gel) from LL’s Magnetic Clay co:

      It is the best!!

  • Tina

    Well i have used this ancient minerals gel, applied it onto a patient who brought it in with her at the end of treatment as she requested it…and it was stinging my hands very noticeably. not comfortable

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      this may be a sign of deficiency in your own body. You should get some magnesium oil for yourself. The benefits are amazing!

  • hi, thanks for the info. i would like to know what brand to buy.
    i am from queens new york, if any locally.i have rheumatoid arthritis, low inmune system. my knees hurt and make noise when i walk, pain, etc. i also suffered from acid reflux chronic. please feel free to e-mail me. thanks, jacqueline

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Hi Jaqueline,

      The only magnesium oil the IMVA recommends is Ancient Minerals from LL’s Magnetic Clay as it is the most pure oil, coming from the deepest magnesium beds in the sea, untouched by contamination. Available here:

  • george

    what is the common method for MgCL2 analysis

  • Yasas

    Hi, great for this excellent info.
    However can you talk abput purity grades for human consumption and which of the purity grades that you have mentioned above, meets the human needs.

    Also can you give some names of edible magnesium chloride products which can be consumed under the supervision of a doctor ?

    Is there a powder form edible magnesium chloride or salt form that can be added to fruit juice or food and consumed ?

    thanks again.


  • Jessica

    I just want to tout the great health benefits of Magnesium. I went into both cardiac and pulmonary arrest in the hospital. The nurse wanted to deribulate me, but the doctor refused and insisted I be given an iv of magnesium sulfate. It was like a miracle. It literally brought me back to life. Although I sustained significant damage from flat-lining and being oxygen-deprived for an extended period of time, especially my lungs. I am still alive and my lungs, but especially my heart have healed substantially. In subsequent visits to the same emergency room for asthma attacks or high blood pressure attacks, I was also given magnesium sulfate and I can’t say enough about the benefits of magnesium. Magnesium sulfate for injection use can even be placed in a neibulizer, although no where near as effective as being given in IV form. Moreover, neibulizing it is like neibulizing chalk. By the way, can you neibulize the Ancient magnesium oil, too?

  • Kristy

    I am confused about the different types of magnesium, your product versus the “Calm” magnesium, which is the citrate, which is made with hot water. Can you clear this up for me, Thanks,