Topical Vs. Oral Magnesium

Having appropriate magnesium levels is so critical to our overall health. It is unfortunate to know that in today's world 75% of adults are magnesium deficient. Reading these eyebrow-raising stats, it’s no wonder that there is such a vast amount of magnesium supplements on the market. But what's the difference between oral magnesium and topical magnesium? And are there different grades of magnesium?

Both oral and topical magnesium increase your overall magnesium levels, but percentage of absorption and side-effects have been known to vary. 

Pros of Taking Magnesium Orally

  • Convenient. Just a 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon in water.
  • Availability – Easy to take whenever without having to rub parts of your body down. 
  • Substantial increase in magnesium levels.

Cons of Taking Magnesium Orally

  • It may have a laxative effect. 
  • Its absorption may be missed due to passing through the system too quickly. 

Pros of Using Magnesium Topically 

  • Absorption through the skin is faster and avoids the process of digestion.
  • As it’s not passing through the digestive system, it's very unlikely to have any laxative effect with topical application.
  • It's easier to adjust dosage with topical application.

Cons of Using Magnesium Topically

  • There can be a tingle or itchy sensation.
  • Topical magnesium may leave an oil or greasy film behind .

Which is better?

Well, oral and topical magnesium both offer great benefits, so it’s hard to say whether one is ultimately better than the other. What this really comes down to is a personal preference.

MISMO Magnesium is available in 3 forms, so there’s something for everyone!

Magnesium Chloride Powder can be taken orally or used to make your own magnesium oil. Read more about making your magnesium oil here The analysis is 99.9% magnesium chloride. Not all brands are pure so check the content if you are looking at cheaper versions.

Magnesium Gel Complex can be used in combination with oral supplements to provide an extra boost of magnesium. The Magnesium Gel Roller is an added convenience for the gym bag or bedside table. Made from our magnesium chloride Powder (above), MISMO MSM and organic aloe vera.

Magnesium Bath Flakes is an ideal way to unwind and soak away the fatigue and stress of the day. Have a soak on us! Add a 200gm Bath Flakes to your cart and get it for free with coupon code SOAKTIME.

 It is worth considering how much magnesium you need, how often you need to take the it, which option you are more likely to stick with. But most of all, which one you feel is giving you the most benefit overall.

Be sure to speak with your healthcare professional before taking any supplement and follow specified directions. If you suffer from any side effects, discontinue use until you consult with your doctor.

the MISMO team 😊



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