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What is Magnesium Lotion?

By Pamela Pleasant
Updated May 21, 2024
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Magnesium lotion is lotion that is enriched with magnesium oil and moisturizers. Magnesium is a metal, but it is also an essential mineral that exists naturally in the body. It can be found in the cells and skin tissue and also in the bones. When the magnesium levels are low within the body, it can have a negative effect on the function of many organs. Using a magnesium lotion is one way to increase the magnesium levels.

This essential mineral can also be found in certain foods. Fish, nuts, and soybeans all contain high amounts of magnesium, but many people do not get the recommended amount. When there aren’t enough stores of magnesium within the body, the immune system has difficulties fighting off certain illnesses and heart disease can also occur. Only one-third of the magnesium that comes from food is absorbed into the body, so it can be beneficial to incorporate magnesium vitamin supplements as well as magnesium lotion into an everyday routine. It can reduce the chance for magnesium deficiency.

Enzymes play an important role in the biochemical processes of the body. Magnesium is needed to maintain these processes. Diabetes, asthma, and cardiovascular disease are just a few examples of diseases related to magnesium deficiency. There are many tell-tale symptoms can indicate a deficiency in magnesium long before these illnesses actually happen. Vomiting, nausea, muscle tension, and cramps can indicate a magnesium deficiency. Lack of magnesium can even produce an uptight feeling, accompanied by anxiety and panic attacks.

Typically, the only way to know if there is a magnesium deficiency is by collecting urine. It is then tested to observe the magnesium levels. These levels can dip for a variety of reasons.

Women who are over the age of 45 can reduce the symptoms of menopause by using magnesium lotion. During menopause, the magnesium levels within the body can decrease drastically. Symptoms that include hot flashes, irritability, and weight gain can also become more severe. Rubbing magnesium lotion on the legs, buttocks, or arms can reduce the severity of these symptoms. Lotion can also be easily absorbed into the body, so it can work fast to eliminate the discomfort.

Alcohol and certain prescription medications can work against the absorption of magnesium lotion. This is also true for calcium. Calcium acts as an adversary to magnesium and can reduce its helpful effects. The correct dosage should always be considered when using a magnesium lotion or a supplement. An overabundance may cause liver damage and can produce the same symptoms that accompany a magnesium deficiency.

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Discussion Comments

By bear78 — On Aug 09, 2012
@ankara-- Magnesium lotion does work, but it also takes longer to see its effects than with supplements. Supplements act faster because they are actually absorbed more easily and more quickly.

I do prefer my magnesium in lotion form though because I often get cramps, menopause related migraines and aches and pains when I'm in stress. So I've been using this lotion to massage the part of my body I'm having trouble with and it has helped a lot. My migraines and cramps have gone away.

The brand I like is Dr. Shealy's biogenics magnesium lotion. But really any magnesium lotion will work. The more natural it is with less additives, the better.

By SarahGen — On Aug 08, 2012
@ankara-- Hey! Yes, I have used magnesium lotion in the past. I also had a deficiency which was giving me severe PMS symptoms. I tried the tablet supplements too but they gave me stomach upset for some reason so I switched to magnesium lotion instead. Your body can definitely absorb the magnesium in the lotion as well as the tablet. In fact, I think it's better because you can't experience gastrointestinal side effects with the lotion.

The lotion should say on the label how much of it equals how many milligrams of magnesium. So you can adjust the dose that way. I don't remember which brand I was using but I think they would all work well. Oh and if you can't find magnesium lotion, you can use magnesium gel or oil too. They're similar and work the same way.

By bluedolphin — On Aug 08, 2012

I recently found out that I have a magnesium deficiency. I had some blood work done because I have been diagnosed with diabetes. The tests showed that my magnesium levels are below normal. This is really interesting because not only do I have diabetes, but I also have an anxiety disorder. It's shocking to know that these could be related to my magnesium deficiency.

The doctor told me to take magnesium supplements. I did buy a bottle but the capsules are huge and difficult to swallow. I'm thinking about getting magnesium lotion instead. But will my body be able to absorb the magnesium in the lotion as well as the magnesium in tablets?

Has anyone been using this product? Which is the best magnesium lotion? I would love to get some recommendations for specific brands if possible.

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