Magnesium Lotion "Goodnight" with Melatonin
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Purified water, Genuine Zechstein magnesium chloride, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), organic vegetable glycerin, organic simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, squalane (olive), cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, organic cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, glyceryl stearate, cetyl alcohol, organic butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), xanthan gum, melatonin, citrus sinensis (sweet orange) oil, caprylhydroxamic acid, caprylyl glycol, sodium hyaluronate
Magnesium is present in all cells of the body and is involved in over 300 enzymatic processes, including energy production. Magnesium is essential for maintaining normal bone density, normal cardiac rhythmicity, normal pulmonary function, and normal blood glucose regulation. Magnesium is one of the most common world-wide deficiencies and it plays a role in most of the common health struggles people face every day.
Most doctors are not trained to detect magnesium deficiencies. Magnesium deficiency is often misdiagnosed because it does not show up in blood tests as only 1% of the body's magnesium is stored in the blood (1).
Dr. Norman Shealy's, M.D., Ph.D. is an American neurosurgeon and a pioneer in pain medicine says, "Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency,” and that, "magnesium is the most critical mineral required for electrical stability of every cell in the body. A magnesium deficiency may be responsible for more diseases than any other nutrient. (2)"
Magnesium Deficiency Rates:
Research has shown that 68% of individuals in the US do not consume the daily recommended amount of dietary magnesium and 19% do not even consume half of the RDA levels (310-420mg daily) (3). Most researchers believe this RDA level is far too low and if it was raised to where it should be we would see that roughly 80% of Americans are consuming insufficient quantities (4).
Magnesium is a basic element of life much like water and air. We need a lot of magnesium, roughly 1000 mgs/day for a healthy active individual to keep up with the demands of the body. Magnesium is to the body like oil is to a car’s engine and if we are deficient problems will arise.
Calcium: Magnesium Ratios:
Our current diet is rich in calcium but insufficient in magnesium. Our ancient ancestors had a a diet that was close to 1:1 whereas our present-day diets are more like 5:1 and up to 15:1. Having roughly ten times more calcium than magnesium is a serious problem (5).
This elevated calcium to magnesium ratio is a major player in conditions such as mitral valve prolapse, migraines, attention deficit disorder, autism, fibromyalgia, anxiety, asthma and allergies. Wherever there is elevated calcium and insufficient magnesium inside of cells the effects are muscle contractions, spasms, twitches and even convulsions (6).
Magnesium and Detoxification:
Without sufficient magnesium the body struggles to make and utilize protein and enzymes. It is also unable to properly methylate and detoxify and/or process and utilize anti-oxidants like vitamin C and E.
Magnesium is extremely critical for proper detoxification processes. As our world has gotten increasingly more toxic, our need for magnesium has increased. Meanwhile, the nutrition of our modern food has increasingly been diminished. This is due to overcropping, poor composting and pesticides/herbicide chemical residue which reduces nutritional quality of the soil and produce.
Best Food Sources of Magnesium:
The densest sources of bioavailable magnesium are in the following foods
Blood Sugar Imbalances and Magnesium Deficiencies:
Many individuals are consuming a whole-food based diet that is rich in magnesium but they are still dealing with magnesium deficiency syndrome. This is due to a diet that contains too many carbohydrates which leads to blood sugar instability.
When we consume a large amount of carbohydrate our body must produce and secrete large amounts of insulin into the blood stream. Magnesium is a key part of the insulin pathways and insulin is what helps funnel magnesium into the cells of the body. When we develop insulin resistance we are unable to utilize magnesium effectively.
A low-carb, high good fat and moderate protein diet that is rich in the bioavailable magnesium sources listed above is a great protective step to prevent and/or alleviate a magnesium deficiency.
There are many difference forms of magnesium supplements. Many use capsulated products but research has indicated that the transdermal approach is the best. Magnesium is absorbed through the skin, giving transdermal magnesium therapy many of the same benefits as some of the much more expensive transdermal patches available today.
Magnesium oil is a transdermal magnesium supplement, designed to deliver magnesium through the skin, bypassing the gastrointestinal tract for convenient, rapid absorption into the cells.
- Is an easy and convenient, “do it yourself” method of magnesium supplementation
- Avoids problems of gastrointestinal irritation and diarrhea, through bypassing the digestive system entirely
- Passes directly into the tissues via the skin, where it is quickly transported to cells throughout the body
Magnesium oil, liquid magnesium, and magnesium spray — all names which refer to a concentrated solution of magnesium chloride applied to the skin — are the new darlings of many holistic health professionals. Dr. Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., describes in her book, the unique benefits of topical magnesium chloride oil:
“A very exciting addition to the magnesium family is a product loosely referred to as magnesium oil. It’s not actually an oil at all, but a super saturated solution of magnesium chloride. Magnesium oil can be sprayed or rubbed on the body, and is readily absorbed through the skin.
It helps to greatly increase the amount of magnesium in body tissues and overcomes the problems that some people have with loose stools when they try to take enough magnesium to meet their needs. This can be especially important in cases of severe magnesium deficiency that were only treatable with IV magnesium before magnesium oil came along.”
What Type of Magnesium?
There are several different forms of magnesium that occur in nature. Each of these forms has varying degrees of efficiency in human biochemistry. The most common supplemental form is magnesium oxide, which has been shown to have as low as a 4% absorption rate (10). Magnesium oxide is great for improving bowel tone but not addressing magnesium deficiencies.
According to Dr. Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., author of The Magnesium Miracle and expert on magnesium therapy, magnesium chloride and other inorganic magnesium salts occur as metal-ligand complexes, substances bound around a single, central metal atom, in this case magnesium. These metal-ligand compounds may each be assigned a “stability constant”, which defines their relative ability to dissociate into ionic form.
Stability constants range from values less than one to values under twenty. With regard to forms of magnesium supplements, the closer the stability constant is to zero, the more bioavailable the supplement. Lower stability constants represent soluble complexes, more easily broken down into ionic form for bioavailability. This is important, as we assimilate magnesium not as the magnesium chloride compound, but rather as free magnesium and chloride ions.
As to the success of magnesium chloride for health via oral supplementation, the benefits are admirable. Many researchers advocate magnesium chloride as the most effective form of dietary supplementation, in part due to the vital role that chloride has in the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach.
Magnesium plays a vital role in the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach.
Some people simply do not produce enough hydrochloric acid (HCl), which can result in a number of health issues related to metabolism and nutrient absorption. These deficiencies can be due to various disorders that affect the stomach, or simply due to individual differences or reasons unknown. As we age, production of HCl in the stomach declines, often dramatically, and is nearly always left undiagnosed.
Magnesium chloride’s use as a magnesium supplement has the added benefit of helping to reduce many potential problems that could arise from steadily declining secretions of gastric acid in the stomach.
Inadequate HydroChloric Acid can Lead Too:
- Mal-Absorption of Vitamins and Minerals
- A Failure in Proper Digestion & Irritation of the Gut Lining
- An Increased Susceptibility to Unwanted Bacteria, Viruses & Yeasts Passing Thru the Gut
These advantages come from the extra chloride found in magnesium chloride, enough to increase production of gastric acid, thereby enhancing absorption and assimilation of magnesium itself, and improving overall digestive efficiency — creating an ideal environment for the assimilation of critical micronutrients important to health, especially as we age.
Transdermal Magnesium Chloride Oil:
A small study conducted by Dr. Norman Shealy, M.D., founder of the American Holistic Medical Association, provides documented research on the effect of topical magnesium chloride on blood chemistry. Dr. Shealy compared intracellular magnesium levels of participants before and after a period of daily application of topical magnesium, via magnesium baths and spray application of magnesium chloride oil.
With 75% of participants showing marked improvement, Dr. Shealy concluded that the unique properties of supersaturated magnesium chloride allow it to be absorbed effectively into the skin, raising intracellular magnesium levels in the majority of individuals (11)
Magnesium Chloride is recognized by many medical professionals as the “Master Magnesium Compound” for both dietary and topical uses, due to its high potency and efficient action.’ Your magnesium oil should be applied topically with a fine mist spray bottle. Simply dispense 1-3 sprays into a cupped hand, then rub into the skin thoroughly. Repeat to cover arms, legs, and any areas needing special attention.
Ancient Minerals – The Purest Sources of Magnesium:
Ancient Minerals takes its name from its ancient and pristine source, the ancient Zechstein Sea, a geological formation in Northern Europe from the Late Permian Era. For 250 million years Genuine Zechstein™ magnesium salt has been protected deep within the Zechstein Seabed at a depth of 1600-2000 meters beneath the earth’s crust, isolated from the impurities of the modern world.
While it is possible to extract magnesium chloride from various ocean water and inland brine sources, it’s important to question the purity of any product derived from sea water that has been exposed to industrial pollutants — similar to concerns regarding the mercury content of fish.
Our magnesium oil utilizes only Genuine Zechstein™ magnesium chloride, the purest and most pristine source of natural magnesium chloride in the world, extracted in a preserved state from an ancient time millions of years prior to our modern age. There are no added ingredients except those found naturally occurring in the deep underground deposits of this pristine source.
2 Major Magnesium Types:
For those who have chronic or acute pain, I recommend the Magnesium with MSM. MSM is a powerful anti-inflammatory that you can read about here.
For those who struggle with sleeping, whether it is falling asleep or staying asleep, I recommend the Magnesium Goodnight which has melatonin in it for deeper and more fulfilling sleep cycles.
Lotion Recommendations And Application Instructions:
Apply desired amount and massage thoroughly onto clean skin. One full pump press is 1ml of lotion will administer 40mg of elemental magnesium chloride. Ancient Minerals does not recommend applying lotion to freshly shaven skin as this may irritate the skin.