Magnesium Chloride Bath Salts vs Magnesium Sulphate Old

Get a great understanding of the difference between Magnesium Oil vs. Epsom Salt. Which is better Magnesium Chloride bath salts or Magnesium Sulphate?

America is awakening to the many needs that the human body has for magnesium. It has been estimated that 70-80% of Americans are deficient in this vital mineral. Nature intended that we receive magnesium and other minerals from our food. This plan has been compromised by the decreasing mineral levels found in our food due to chemical fertilizers disrupting the natural regeneration of the soil by microbial action. What little we do ingest is further depleted by chemicals in both food and water, and also by medications that often directly reduce cellular magnesium levels. Supplementation, therefore, is essential for good health.

Two Ways of Supplementation

We have two avenues to supplement our weakened diet with minerals; oral or topically. There are many forms of oral magnesium supplements on the market, but this means of supplementation can take from 6 months to a year to really get cellular levels into the healthy range, depending on how absorbable a given form is and the degree of deficiency. Topical supplementation is the fastest means to increase total body magnesium levels to the needed levels for good health, sometimes taking only a month, depending on how low previous levels were and how much is assimilated. Topical supplementation can be done by soaking the body in a magnesium chloride bath salts solution, or by simply rubbing, or spraying, a solution directly on the skin. More and more people are using “magnesium oil” as a very easy way to apply magnesium quickly to the skin.

Epsom Salt Issues

The form most used in topical applications (especially in bathtub soaking) over the years, has been magnesium sulphate (MgSO4), commonly known as Epsom salts. This form of magnesium is in many ways inferior to magnesium chloride (MgCl2). Magnesium sulfate is rapidly excreted through the kidneys and therefore difficult to assimilate, thus the need for much more magnesium sulfate in a bath than magnesium chloride to get similar results. Magnesium chloride is very easily assimilated and metabolized by the body; therefore, lesser amounts produce greater results.


There is also the issue of toxicity. While no serious negative effects have been observed at lower dosage levels of magnesium sulfate, very high dosages (50 grams or more) have been shown to be toxic. Dr. Jean Durlach et al, at the Université P. et M. Curie, Paris, wrote a paper about the relative toxicities between magnesium sulfate and magnesium chloride. The toxicity of MgSO4 has to do with its unique molecular structure on the sulphate side. Though sulphate is needed for essential cellular and other body functions, too much can be bad. Their conclusion was that magnesium chloride was better suited for addressing magnesium deficiency associated issues. Again, Magnesium Chloride can be taken topically or by soaking in Magnesium Chloride bath salts.


Therefore, the toxicity of MgSO4 is not related to the magnesium, but the sulphate part of the molecule. On the other hand, the chloride part of the MgCl2 is not only not toxic, but very beneficial to the body. Chloride is essential to the production of gastric acid needed each day for digestion and also to stimulate starch-digesting enzymes.


Furthermore, if we supplement using magnesium as oxide or carbonate we then need to produce additional hydrochloric acid to absorb them. These forms of magnesium put a further drain on chloride reserves essential for good digestion of food. Many aging individuals, especially with chronic diseases who desperately need more magnesium cannot produce sufficient hydrochloric acid and then cannot absorb the oxide or carbonate.

The Winner: Magnesium Chloride Bath Salts

Magnesium Chloride is therefore the clear choice for supplementation and the best delivery system for this is magnesium oil through the skin. Magnesium Chloride Bath salts is the purest magnesium oil product coming from the ancient waters of the Dead Sea, the richest depository of ionic minerals on planet Earth.


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1. My husband pulled a muscle in his back and could not get out of bed for a few days...... I got him into a tub with the Mg12 bath salts.... I did use A LOT, but after a 30 minute soak, he was able to get up and get moving again! Thank you Mg12...... he's a demanding invalid!
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