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Magnesium – Fastest Growing Mineral Supplement

Published on June 6, 2012


Above you see my second edition of my book on Transdermal Magnesium Therapy for a wide variety of illnesses. It’s a book everyone should have in their home and every doctor should have in his office because the information in it presents magnesium chloride, the most important medicine on the planet. Magnesium oil, magnesium laden water, Dead Sea Salt, Epsom salts and even pure salt water, which is full of all the necessary minerals, can all save millions of lives and also save people from much suffering and pain.

This is the work (Medical Miracles from the Sea) that put me on the medical map of the world. It is incredible but true that in the space of six short years I have been able to change the face of medicine and how it is practiced in all corners of the world. From Moscow to the Philippines and all over the United States, people are learning that my medical discoveries are true, real, effective and safe.

I believe my efforts over the last six years have had something to do with magnesium becoming the fastest-growing mineral supplement in the United States. According to a 2010 Gallup Study of Nutrient Knowledge and Consumption one in 10 (10%) of American adults are making a strong effort to consume more magnesium. But with at least 70% of people magnesium-deficient, this is not enough. Actually the figures are much higher since close to 100% of chronically ill people are seriously depleted of magnesium on a cellular level.

Magnesium supplement sales were up nearly 25% in 2010 in mass channels. According to the Council for Responsible Nutrition’s 2011 Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements, 8% of supplement users take a magnesium supplement, ranking seventh overall—just after vitamin E and before iron. Among supplement users aged 50+, 12% take a magnesium supplement.

Every doctor who has any sense is suggesting that their patients take more magnesium. Considering the fact that higher magnesium cell levels will dramatically reduce one’s chances of contracting cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and a host of neurological disorders, one would think magnesium would be ranked number one.

The body requires magnesium to absorb and utilize nutrients. Without magnesium the body cannot properly use the fats, proteins and carbohydrates we eat every day. In fact the body cannot do anything well without sufficient magnesium. Magnesium is a prime medicinal substance for pain management as well as to stimulate enzyme production and mitochondrial activity, especially when used in conjunction with sodium bicarbonate.

There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that we will live healthier, happier and longer lives if we make sure we satisfy completely our body’s need for magnesium.

It is sad that we live in a medical world that ignores the hard science that conclusively concludes that magnesium is crucial for every single function in our bodies. From the moment we are conceived to the moment we die, magnesium is at the heart of life.

Magnesium & Surgery

When magnesium levels are corrected by the administration of magnesium before, during and after surgery, medical complications are significantly reduced to the point that it becomes simply imprudent to perform surgery without it. Dr. Minato at the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in Japan strongly recommends the correction of hypomagnesemia during and after off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCAB) for the prevention of perioperative coronary artery spasm, and his team has actually said that they will no longer perform this surgery without the use of magnesium.

Oral & Intravenous Magnesium


“Magnesium is poorly absorbed orally. That is why I start off with injections. By injecting magnesium I can guarantee 100% to bring the levels up. I cannot guarantee to do this with oral magnesium,” says Dr. Sarah Mayhill. The problem with oral magnesium is that all magnesium compounds are potentially laxative. “One injection of 2 ml of 50% magnesium sulphate will usually keep levels up for two weeks (however, some people need them more often). By the third week, levels will usually have fallen again. For some people this is the only method that has worked, but it is tedious to have to keep injecting. The injection is painful because one is injecting a concentrated solution.”

Giving magnesium intravenously is the quickest way of restoring normal blood and tissue levels of magnesium, but the injections are just too painful to be considered for children and for long-term use in adults. They are also expensive because they have to be administered by a doctor or nurse. Transdermal magnesium chloride therapy is inexpensive, safe, and a do-it-yourself at-home technique that can replace uncomfortable injections in anything other than emergency room situations.

Transdermal Magnesium Therapy

Transdermal magnesium therapy speeds up the process of nutrient repletion in much the same way as intravenous methods in terms of intensity and speed of effect. Transdermal application of magnesium is superior to oral supplements and is in reality the best practical way magnesium can be used as a medicine other than by direct injection.

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The skin is actually an amazingly complex organ and, by weight, the largest organ in the body. It covers, on average, some 22 square feet and weighs around nine pounds (roughly 7% of body weight). The skin is involved in dynamic exchange between the internal and external environments through respiration, absorption and elimination. It is highly permeable though it has the ability to maintain its important function as a bacteria-inhibiting barrier.

Dr. Norman Shealy has done studies on transdermal magnesium chloride mineral therapy where individuals sprayed a solution of magnesium chloride over their entire body once daily for a month and did a 20-minute foot soak in magnesium chloride also once daily.

Typical results before and after 4 weeks of foot soaks/body spraying:

Reference range:   33.9 – 41.9 (mEq/l) mg
Before soaking/spraying:   31.4 (mEq/l) mg
After soaking/spraying:      41.2 (mEq/l) mg

Transdermal administration of magnesium bypasses processing by the liver. Both transdermal and intravenous therapy creates “tissue saturation,” the ability to get the nutrients where we want them, directly in the circulation, where they can reach body tissues at high doses, without loss. Transdermal “magnesium oil” delivers high levels of magnesium directly through the skin to the cellular level, bypassing common intestinal symptoms, such as diarrhea, associated with oral use.


This is not to say that magnesium oil cannot or should not be taken orally. Taking minerals in liquid form is the best solution for oral intake and the magnesium oil I recommend—Ancient Minerals—is the purest medicine being from a 250-million-year-old buried sea. I always tell people to drink it as well as use it transdermally and to take it up to bowel tolerance level because this will clean out the intestines. Taking magnesium oil orally is the very best medical solution for constipation.

Because the magnesium oil can be absorbed easily through the skin many have found that they can get almost instant relief from the pains of arthritis by massaging a generous amount of magnesium into an area of discomfort or by taking a hot magnesium bath with sodium bicarbonate added.

Recent Magnesium News

Researchers from the University of Hertfordshire have recently found that magnesium supplements offer clinically significant reductions in blood pressure.[1] In a paper published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the researchers also discovered that the size of the effect increased in line with increased dosage.[2]

In another study researchers concluded that magnesium supplementation in overweight individuals for four weeks “led to distinct changes in gene expression and proteomic profiling consistent with favorable effects on several metabolic pathways.”

Four weeks of magnesium supplementation was also associated with a decrease in C-peptide levels. C-peptide levels are equal to the amount of insulin being produced in the body and is used to determine insulin production. In type 2 diabetes, insulin is produced in excessive amounts, but not used properly in the body due to insulin resistance, so the C-peptide levels run high. The decrease in C-peptide in type 2 diabetics is a positive signal that insulin resistance is decreasing and that the load on the pancreas is lessening. A reduction in the concentrations of fasting insulin levels was also noted by the researchers lead by Simin Liu, M.D., ScD and Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine at UCLA.[3]

These studies add to the ever-growing body of science proving the crucial role magnesium plays in our lives and wellbeing. The Jerusalem Post reported on May 18, 2012 that Israel will begin a pilot project to restore magnesium back into all of its desalinated water due to its recognized health benefits in maintaining heart beats and preventing heart attacks.

[2]  Kass, J Weekes, L Carpenter. Effect of magnesium supplementation on blood pressure: a meta-analysis. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2012; DOI: 10.1038/ejcn.2012.4

Hi, I'm Dr. Mark Sircus, AC., OMD, DM (P), a doctor and writer of more than 23 books that have sold over 80,000 copies all over the world. My first major book was "Transdermal Magnesium Therapy" which afforded me the title of "Magnesium Man." It has been translated into five languages and has reduced the suffering of many people.

On my website there are hundreds if not a thousand free articles, so you can dive deep into my work. However if you need personalized help, you are more than welcome to schedule a consultation.

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