What is Magnesium Chloride?

Magnesium is one of the most diverse substances out there.  It is so prevalent in the the human body however most of us don’t even know what magnesium is for!

68% of Americans are not getting enough magnesium in their daily dietary intake to support the functions that magnesium performs in the body (Wikipedia).  Unfortunately this is leading to magnesium deficiency becoming all too common.

Are you getting enough magnesium?  Click here to see if you have any of these magnesium deficiency symptoms.

Some of the hugely important functions that magnesium provides in the body are:

  • maintains regular heartrate and normal blood pressurewhat is magnesium chloride

  • keeps the skeletal system strong and healthy

  • provides energy

  • helps support the stability of your DNA

  • aids digestion

  • promotes happy hormones

  • keeps electrolytes in balance

  • nerve function

  • muscle and brain relaxation

Have a look at this article for a full list of magnesium’s functions.

Magnesium rich foods are listed here but due to the fact that farming and food processing practices have managed to rid fresh produce of around 20% of their magnesium content only in the past 50 years, it has become increasingly difficult to gain the amount you need from food alone.

The recommended daily magnesium amount is 320mg for women and 420mg for men (NIH).

For better overall health, people are turning to magnesium supplements.  There are many different choices commercially available today and it is down to personal preference which supplement you require.  For a breakdown of the best magnesium supplements click here.

What is Magnesium Chloride?

Magnesium chloride is one of the many choices of magnesium supplements.

It is known for its superior water solubility and high bioavailability – a qualities that already places it high on the list of preferred magnesium variations  Because of this magnesium chloride is a popular ingredient in many available supplements, in its various forms.

Magnesium chloride is the most effective form of magnesium in terms of removing toxins from the body as it has an unparallelled ability to draw toxins out through the pores of the skin.

what is magnesium chlorideArtificial magnesium chloride is manufactured in laboratories using hydrochloric acid and magnesium hydroxide.  Organic magnesium chloride is commonly extracted from seawater or brine using solar evaporation.  Much of the magnesium chloride used in North America is gathered from the brine of Great Salt Lake and Jordan’s Dead Sea and may be extracted using solar evaporation.  One of the most popular worldwide sources of organic magnesium chloride is found in the ancient Zechstein seabed in North West Europe.

Zechstein magnesium chloride is considered to be the best in the world with unmatched purity and quality.  The way magnesium chloride is absorbed means that your body uses almost 100% of what it takes in so there are no side effects and the nutrients are going straight to the place where they are required in your body.  The Zechstein method of extracting the totally raw and natural magnesium from an ancient seabed 2000 meters deep where it has lay dormant and protected from human tainting for millions of years ensures you are getting the best of the product.

What is Magnesium Chloride Available As?

Magnesium Chloride Tablets

what is magnesium chloride?
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You may be able to find magnesium chloride supplements at your local pharmacy however these are often artificial versions such as Alta Health Magnesium Chloride Tablets pictured left.

what is magnesium chlorideThese are only $12.95 for 100 tablets but unfortunately contain many artificial ingredients such as magnesium stearate which is a magnesium compound added to assist processing and to stop the powder from sticking to the machinery in the factory.

Have a look here for more info on Magnesium Stearate.



Magnesium Chloride Liquid

Nutricology Magnesium Chloride Liquid contains pure magnesium chloride and is known to taste bitter but does have great water solubility and absorption without the nasty additives so is a better option.


Magnesium Flakes

Life-flo Pure Magnesium Flakes and Ancient Minerals Magnesium Bath Flakes have both been sourced from the ancient Zechstein seabed and are a great relaxing way to increase your magnesium intake by absorbing the magnesium chloride directly into your skin by having a foot soak or mineral bath, while drawing out toxins from your cells at the same time.

Magnesium flakes do not get metabolised at all and are a great way to relieve aching tired muscles and detox.



Transdermal Magnesium Oil

What is Magnesium Chloride?

What is Magnesium Chloride?
The Zechstein Seabed is also the source of the magnesium chloride found in Ancient Minerals Ultra Pure Magnesium Oil right, or Transdermal Magnesium Oil Spray left.

The oil is sprayed or massaged directly onto the skin for absorption directly into the muscles and cells.  This way, transdermal magnesium chloride is the best way to get your magnesium chloride and, with a balanced diet of foods high in magnesium, you should be able to maintain adequate levels with regular use.

These are only a small selection of the range of magnesium chloride products available on the market today.  The best magnesium chloride is usually the most expensive but you are getting the best quality organic material with no additives for the cost.

Click on the pictures above for more information about each product.

The links below will provide further detail on:

Please seek medical advice before commencing magnesium therapy if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, taking medications or have kidney or liver disease.

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  1. // Reply

    Great article I never knew how important magnesium was to us until now. You have very good in depth information in this article and I’ll be sure to spread your post throughout all of my social media accounts. I’ll defiantly make sure I look into those tablets. Is there any place you recommend to buy them from?

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      Hi there and thanks for your comments.

      If you click on any of the pictures above, you get taken to the Amazon page with further information and the opportunity to purchase the products.

      I have found my local pharmacy and supermarket to be somewhat lacking in the right types of magnesium supplements so online is the best place to find them.

      Thanks, Kristine

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    The foods we purchase today as you mentioned have gone down in quality do to modern day processing among other things. The importance of supplements becomes increasingly more important to us each year as our food supply keeps getting worse.

    I like the fact that you explain why we need it and the types of sources to get the magnesium from in the products you feature. I find there is a lot of information here for me to learn the different types and uses.

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      That’s great Travis, Glad I could be of help!


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    The sustenances we buy today as you said have gone down in quality due to cutting edge preparing in addition to other things. The significance of supplements turns out to be progressively more vital to us every year as our sustenance supply continues getting worse.I like the way that you clarify why we require it and the sorts of sources to get the magnesium from in the items you highlight. I find there is a great deal of data here for me to take in the distinctive sorts and employments.

    Yours Truly,

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      Thanks for visiting Carlton. I hope you have been able to take some new information on board today.


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    This product sounds great. Do you know if persons with diabetes can take it and if it will help to improve their health?
    Also, I read somewhere that is a form of antidote to the effects of Chingungunya disease. That sometimes bones get deformed and are in a lot of pain. Taking a daily dose will stop the symptoms. This desease is common in tropical zones like the Caribbean.

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      Hi Maria Carmen,

      I am not familiar with Chingungunya disease but will be researching into it now. Thanks for the heads up.

      Being diabetic is one of the risk factors for quickly depleting your body’s stores of magnesium so a magnesium supplement is definitely recommended.

      Click here for more information on symptoms and risk factors.

      Consult your doctor for the green flag though please.

      Regards and best of health,

      Kristine G

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    I currently have a supplement made from Magnesium Citrate. Next time, would it be better for me to get Magnesium Chloride? Would it be better absorbed? Will it help me sleep. So many questions.

    I’m so glad you made this website about magnesium, though. It had made me realise just how important this one mineral is. So many times we have been told that calcium is the important mineral, but magnesium is just as important.

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      Hello Marcus, Magnesium Chloride is better absorbed than citrate and with less likelihood of GI disturbance. It is also commonly available as a transdermal oil or lotion which means you don’t lose any in metabolism.

      Another really great form of easily absorbed magnesium supplement is called magnesium gluconate. Look for an upcoming article on this soon.

      Calcium is also very important to the body, and they both need each other. Overuse of calcium supplementation in the community has increased the incidence of magnesium deficiency by depleting our body’s stores of magnesium as more magnesium is needed to balance out the calcium.

      Calcium is much easier to get from our diet in large enough amounts than magnesium too.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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    You and I are on the same page, so to speak. There is nothing for me to say except carry on spreading the word about this amazing mineral. The whole population needs to be aware of the devastating consequences of a deficiency of this alkaline mineral.
    I’m pleased you have Mg Chloride as your number one supplement. IMHO it is the best and the most bio available on the market.
    Mg Citrate is an ideal supplement in powder form. You can easily regulate your dose according to your needs. It’s ideal for those suffering from constipation, a common symptoms of Mg deficiency. Keep it up! Ches

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      Hi Ches!

      Mg Chloride is my number one supplement thus far, I think its versatility with the transdermal application makes it a great option of magnesium supplementation.

      I also really favour magnesium gluconate as being the most easily absorbed form of the mineral and I am getting really excited about liposomal magnesium too.

      Thanks for your kind words, and I hope we can have a mutually beneficial relationship. Please drop me an email at info@whatismagnesiumdeficiency.com if I can be of assistance at all!

      Cheers, Kristine.

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    Hi Kristine

    Feels like I’m back in chemistry class. Great article as usual.

    I have a question, you mention that artificial MgCl is made in a lab and organic MgCl is gathered from natural sources. are there any benefits to taking the artificial or organic variety for either physical or mental health? which supplements do you then recommend?

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      Hi Nigel,

      There will be an article coming soon on the varied sources of magnesium chloride. I think that magnesium sourced naturally would be more beneficial to your health than synthetic versions just as organic food is better than inorganic.

      Magnesium chloride is the most natural form of magnesium as it is simply magnesium from the sea.

      The mineral is extracted using solar evaporation and is certified contaminant free when mined from such sources as the ancient Zechstein Seabed.

      Not all magnesium supplements are created equal so it is important in considering a variety of factors before choosing the best supplement for you.

      If magnesium chloride is your supplement of choice, then I highly recommend sourcing it from one of the world’s natural and additive free deposits. These include, the Zechstein seabed, the Dead Sea, or Great Salt Lake.

      Try Ancient Minerals for one of the best additive free pure magnesium products out there.

      Best of health, Kristine G

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    A fantastic article on Magnesium. I was unaware of all of its benefits. Fascinating to know that is helps to detox. With all the polluted foods today, cleansing is a huge part of our health. I will have to look into purchasing some to add to my daily intake. Thank you and I look forward to reading more on its health benefits on your site.

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      Hi Ted,

      For the ultimate detox, try a soak using some Epsom Salts. You can’t beat that!

      Enjoy, Kristine

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