Magnesium - Oral or Transdermal Gel?

Most people have heard of or know about the mineral Magnesium. Whether the benefits and importance of this super mineral are also known to you is quite another matter.

There are 2 ways to get magnesium into the body, orally (by mouth) and transdermally (through the skin)

Benefits of Magnesium

To mention just a few:
  • relaxes tight muscles
  • gives pain relief
  • eases headaches
  • calms restless legs
  • reduces cramps
  • improves heart health
  • promotes a vibrant love life
  • contributes to strong bones and teeth
  • improves general health

Magnesium is commonly taken orally and there are many forms. Some examples are magnesium chloride, magnesium citrate, magnesium orotate, magnesium carbonate, magnesium oxide, magnesium sulphate and magnesium lactate.

Elemental magnesium and bioavailability are key words to watch for when choosing a magnesium type and the concentration of elemental magnesium varies greatly. A 1,000mg (1 gram) tablet of Magnesium Oxide may contain 60% of elemental magnesium but the bioavailability to the body is only 4%.

On the other hand Magnesium Citrate contains Elemental Magnesium 16% and bioavailability 90% so this is a good form to consume.

Bio availability to the body varies greatly but you are unlikely to find this information on any bottle of product. Many varieties will be only about 4% bio available to the body. a secondary consideration is magnesium needs to stay in the system for 12 hours to disperse. Often a bowel movement will occur during this time, reducing the benefits of oral magnesium.

Enter Magnesium Chloride the king of Magnesium. Magnesium chloride is a unique form and is transdermal. That means magnesium enters the body via the skin. When taking magnesium orally, the digestive system can be upset if too much is taken and diarrhea can result. As magnesium needs to stay in the body for 12 hours, diarrhea would result in magnesium leaving to body too quickly for benefits to occur.

An excellent way to build up magnesium stores is to apply Magnesium in a gel or oil form daily. Magnesium Oil is simply magnesium chloride powder dissolved in purified water. Distilled drinkable water is ideal and can be purchased at a cheap price from supermarkets. The liquid has an oily feel which is where the name magnesium oil comes from. It is not an oil at all.

Magnesium Oil is usually applied or sprayed on the body and left. Some people find this a bit sticky or initally the oil can sting a little. Many doctors who specialize in Magnesium chloride maintain the stinging is a sign the body is deficient in magnesium and as the supplies in the body build the stinging will cease. Skin can also dry when using magnesium oil daily, leaving it on.

Magnesium Gel Complex is an excellent and comfortable way to use and gain the benefits of magnesium chloride. Again not all magnesium gels are equal. MISMO has made magnesium gel into a body lotion product which gives the benefits of magnesium chloride as well as moisturising the skin.

Magnesium is present is every cell of the body so please be aware of the good turn you will be doing for your body when you supplement with this magic mineral.


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MISMO MSM - 440g / Ultra-Pure Distilled - Pain Relief
MISMO MSM - Pain Relief
MISMO MSM - Pain Relief
MISMO MSM - 850g / Ultra-Pure Distilled - Pain Relief
MISMO MSM - Pain Relief
MISMO MSM - Pain Relief
MISMO MSM - Pain Relief


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MSM is known to be highly effective in joint health, muscle recovery, sports nutrition, immune support, and healthy ageing. 

What is MSM?

MSM (Methyl Sulphonyl Methane or Dimethyl Sulfone) is an organic sulphur compound found in all living organisms. It is the purest and most bio-available form of sulphur, one of the essential minerals crucial to life and the regeneration of cells. MSM has traditionally been taken as a food supplement to increase joint health for flexibility and mobility, as well as for strong hair and nails, beautiful skin, and other health conditions from leaky gut syndrome to mild arthritis, osteoporosis, and psoriasis. 

Why do we need to supplement with MSM?

Natural MSM is largely destroyed when our food is processed and can be lost entirely when foods and ingredients are stored for a long period of time. MSM bonds with moisture, so any food which undergoes any sort of dehydration will lack its natural MSM.

For these reasons, and because MSM is so critical for almost every athletic function in active bodies, it is important to consistently supplement with a quality MSM nutritional supplement 

How does MSM work at the cellular level?

Collagen is the principal structural protein holding the skin together and is largely responsible for the skin’s mechanical properties.  Sulphur is integral to the production of collagen and elastin, and MSM is a source of organic Sulphur. 

Approximately half of the body's sulphur content is found in the skin, muscles, cartilage and bones.

How can MSM benefit your skin, hair and nails?

  • Protecting collagen against collagen degrading enzymes
  • Reducing fine lines and wrinkles by boosting collagen and elastin production
  • Boosting the natural production of Glutathione, one of the body's key anti-oxidants ... as an anti-oxidant, MSM will boost the immune system and reduce pigmentation and cellular damage
  • Acting as an anti-inflammatory agent by reducing the production of cytokines (compounds that cause inflammation)
  • Maintaining skin cell membrane flexibility and permeability, promoting an efficient exchange of nutrients and waste products to help keep skin clear
  • Helping to maintaining the body's pH balance

How can MSM help with joint health and support? 

MSM has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and can be used as a natural alternative to help reduce pain from mild arthritis and osteoarthritis related symptoms.

How does MISMO MSM help with exercise recovery?

Our muscles, skin, bones, organs, and connective tissue all rely on sulphur and without it our bodies can not function properly.  MSM is an important nutritional supplement for anyone living an active lifestyle, as it delivers the sulphur and methyl nutrients which are key to the structure of healthy cells in muscle and connective tissue.

MSM is valued by bodybuilders, strength, and power athletes because it supports healthy and flexible cell structures and can help reduce the inflammation of muscle tissue and can offset muscle soreness and joint pain caused by inflammation.

Where is MSM found and how is it manufactured?

MSM is found in the fluid and tissue of all living organisms. It is present in a variety of foods including raw vegetables, eggs, milk and fish, but is lost through cooking and food processing. One of the richest natural supplies is pine trees and cabbage.

Although MSM is abundant in nature, even the richest natural sources only provide MSM in the level of several parts per million. Commercial extraction of MSM from trees is not possible so a process is undertaken which parallels the natural oxidation that occurs in the marine atmosphere and produces MSM that is chemically identical to that found in nature.

Click here for a detailed explanation of how MSM is manufactured.

How pure is MISMO MSM?

Every batch of our MSM is rigourously tested by an independent laboratory to ensure the highest quality, minimum 99.99% pure MSM.

    How much MISMO MSM should I be taking?

    An average dose is between 2 to 6 grams daily. Most people take a teaspoon (approx. 4 grams) daily. If more relief is needed, increase the dose slowly. Can be taken in water or juice after breakfast, although there are no rules as to when you should take MSM.

    A word of caution ... some people find if they take MSM late in the day, after 4 or 5pm, they do not sleep as well, as it energises them. This is not a general occurrence but worth mentioning.

    WARNINGS: If taking Warfarin or strong blood thinners, do not take MSM without your doctor's approval. Not to be taken by children without a health professional's advice.  MSM can also interfere with the accuracy of the blood test for liver enzymes by sometimes producing false positive results. It is recommended you cease taking MSM at least 4 days before these blood tests. You can resume after the test.

    Is MISMO MSM listed with the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration)?

    Yes, click here to view the TGA listing for MISMO MSM


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