What is Magnesium Chloride?
…That 68% of Australians are Magnesium deficient.
About 75% of
the population do not get enough magnesium from their foods to
meet the RDI, so they may be borderline deficient.
Magnesium in Humans
is a trace metal found throughout our bodies and is fourth most
abundant of the trace metals. It is necessary in every cell for
oxygen usage so is essential for life, in fact Magnesium is
critical to over 300 enzymatic chemical reactions, most
fundamental animal & human body functions and the integrity of
the double helix of DNA. Due to farming practices and excessive
use of nitrate fertilizers the soil is low in usable magnesium
One the best examples of this problem can be illustrated by
examining the incredible magnesium deficiency that exists. This
widespread problem is under diagnosed, difficult to correct with
diet, and potentially related to an incredible number of
illnesses. It has been estimated that 68% of the population
is magnesium deficient, or will become magnesium deficient
(based on a government study on dietary habits).
Magnesium chloride, when applied directly to the skin, is
transdermally absorbed and has an almost immediate effect on
chronic and acute pain. More
sufferers of arthritis in its many forms have turned to
Magnesium oil for near-instant relief from pain. Long term users
of transdermal Magnesium oil have experienced an improvement in
the health of their bones, ligaments, and the afflicted joints.
Some people have reported the re-growth of deteriorated bone,
cartilage, and even a regeneration of enamel on their teeth.
Magnesium ions are bitter-tasting, and magnesium chloride
solutions are bitter in varying degrees, depending on the
concentration of magnesium.
Magnesium toxicity from magnesium salts is rare in healthy
individuals with a normal diet, because excess magnesium is
readily excreted in urine by the kidneys. A few cases of oral
magnesium toxicity have been described in persons with normal
renal function ingesting large amounts of magnesium salts, but
it is rare. If a large amount of magnesium chloride is eaten, it
will have effects similar to magnesium sulfate, causing
diarrhoea, although the sulfate also contributes to the laxative
effect in magnesium sulfate, so the effect from the chloride is
not as severe.
Culinary Use and Reported Benefits
of Magnesium Chloride
Culinary Use of Magnesium Chloride
Magnesium chloride (E511) is an important coagulant used in the
preparation of tofu from soy milk. In Japan it is sold as nigari
(にがり, derived from the Japanese word for "bitter"), a white
powder produced from seawater after the sodium chloride has been
removed, and the water evaporated.
China it is called lushui (卤水). Nigari or lushui consists
mostly of magnesium chloride, with some magnesium sulfate
and other trace elements. It is also an ingredient in baby
formula milk. Consider the following reported benefits:
Alkalizing agent in the body
May help those individuals
suffering from chemical sensitivities
Used to treat minor aches and pains
Used to treat chronic fatigue and
Used for chronic headaches
Used for cardiovascular / heart
Used for cancer prevention
Used as a mood stabilizer
Used with treatments for
Used with treatments for heavy
Used with treatments for general
Medically Prescribed Magnesium Chloride
Medically-prescribed magnesium supplements such as Slo-Mag and
Mag-SR contain magnesium chloride which is slowly released from
a matrix. However, since magnesium is absorbed by the body in
ionic form (after the salt dissolves in water) such supplements
have no advantage over any soluble magnesium salt (for example,
magnesium citrate or magnesium aspartate).
One veterinary study in 1989 indicated some effectiveness
against tumours when magnesium chloride was used as a feed
Magnesium Chloride Dosage
The typical mix produces Magnesium Chloride oil with a Magnesium
Chloride content of approx. 23% and this is fairly strong. The
strength you use depends on skin sensitivity. Very sensitive
skins or certain body areas may need more dilution.
The normal accepted recommended daily dietary amount of
Magnesium is 300-400 mg. Some would say that 1,000 mg is
probably more in the range of what most people need due to
stress (cortisol) causing magnesium to be dumped into the sweat
in increasing quantities. Most people are numb to the amount of
stress experienced every day. But cortisol can be measured by
saliva tests if one really wants to know and if found to be
high, magnesium dosages can be adjusted up accordingly.
The best application of Magnesium Chloride
oil is via the skin. Can be applied with a spray applicator, or
rubbed in directly with the fingers.
Magnesium as a Metal
Magnesium (Pronunciation mag-nee-zee-əm) is a chemical element
with the symbol Mg, atomic number 12 and common oxidation number
+2. It is an alkaline earth metal and the seventh most abundant
element in the Earth's crust, where it constitutes about 2% by
mass, and ninth in the known Universe as a whole. This
preponderance of magnesium is related to the fact that it
is easily built up in supernova stars from a sequential addition
of three helium nuclei to carbon (which in turn is made from
three helium nuclei). Due to magnesium ion's high solubility in
water, it is the third most abundant element dissolved in
is the 11th most abundant element by mass in the human body; its
ions are essential to all living cells, where they play a major
role in manipulating important biological polyphosphate
compounds like ATP, DNA, and RNA. Hundreds of enzymes thus
require magnesium ions to function. Magnesium is also the
metallic ion at the centre of chlorophyll, and is thus a common
additive to fertilizers. Magnesium compounds are used
medicinally as common laxatives, antacids (i.e., milk of
magnesia), and in a number of situations where stabilization of
abnormal nerve excitation and blood vessel spasm is required
(i.e., to treat eclampsia). Magnesium ions are sour to the
taste, and in low concentrations help to impart a natural
tartness to fresh mineral waters.
The free element (metal) is not found naturally on Earth, as it
is highly reactive, although once produced, is coated in a thin
layer of oxide, which partly masks this reactivity. The free
metal burns with a characteristic brilliant white light, making
it a useful ingredient in flares. The metal is now mainly
obtained by electrolysis of magnesium salts obtained from brine.
Commercially, the chief use for the metal is as an alloying
agent to make aluminium-magnesium alloys, sometimes called "magnalium"
or "magnelium". Since magnesium is less dense than aluminium,
these alloys are prized for their relative lightness and