Assorted Links

Thanks to Peter Spero and Allan Jackson.

4 Responses to “Assorted Links”

  1. Tom Says:

    It can be hard to get enough magnesium orally, as it’s bulky, and ingesting too much can cause diarrhea (the ‘milk of magnesia’ effect.)

    Apparently, it is much more efficiently absorbed transdermally, via baths or soaking your feet in water to which magnesium chloride crystals have been added.

    This is the stuff when marked up as a bath product:
    http://magneticclay.com/store/Departments/Ancient-Minerals-Magnesium-Bath-Flakes.aspx

    But this is the same stuff from an aquarium supply store (about a third the price):
    http://bulkreefsupply.com/store/review/product/list/id/648/

  2. James A Donald Says:

    Since magnesium disassociates in the body, it is unlikely the form of magnesium supplement makes much difference.

  3. garymar Says:

    Tom, that’s a great link. I just bought some Epsom salts, magnesium sulfate, to put in my bath (besides taking magnesium citrate orally). The magnesium chloride would be a lot cheaper. I can buy it here in Japan in bulk because it’s used in the making of tofu (it’s called nigari). It costs about $30 for 50 lbs.

  4. Tom Says:

    garymar, not sure if you’ll see this, but the way to make transdermal magnesium ridiculously cheap is just to dissolve the magnesium chloride in water and apply it with a sponge while in an empty tub. Read a book or email w/ your phone while it absorbs.

    If the concentration is too strong, you’ll feel a mild stinging sensation after about ten minutes (which stops immediately upon rinsing off.)

    I just can’t see the point in diluting it with a tub full of water each day and then losing it all down the drain.