- Most efficient for restoring cellular magnesium levels
- Acts as a cellular protectant
- Supports detoxification
- Relieves aches and pains
- Improves mood and relieves stress
- Encourages healthy skin tissue
- Nervous system support
- Improves sleep quality
- Highly absorbable through skin
- Highly therapeutic for skin conditions such as psoriasis & eczema
- Approximately 15g elemental magnesium per cup
Ancient Minerals is the #1 most recommended transdermal magnesium product among health practitioners and nutritionists worldwide.
Ancient Minerals magnesium flakes are dry flakes of magnesium chloride hexahydrate and other trace minerals, in a convenient and economical form for utilization in baths and foot soaks. Some individuals with sensitive skin may prefer this method of application to the more concentrated Ancient Minerals Magnesium Gel or Magnesium Oil. Ancient Minerals magnesium flakes are approximately 47% magnesium chloride by weight.
Dissolved in warm water, our magnesium chloride flakes provide the user with a medicinal bath of cell-restoring highly soluble magnesium chloride.
Soaking in magnesium salts has been shown to markedly improve skin hydration, speed wound healing, enhance skin barrier function, and decrease inflammation.
Where Do Ancient Minerals Magnesium Flakes Come From?
Ancient Minerals magnesium flakes are extracted from the Ancient Zechstein Seabed in Europe, 1600 to 2000 meters deep in the interior of the Earth. Well protected for the last 250 million years, they are the most pure magnesium flakes in the world and a mark of purity on every bottle of Ancient Minerals. For more information, please visit www.genuinezechstein.com.
For therapeutic use, dissolve 1 to 3 cups of magnesium flakes (or more) in full tub bath or foot bath and soak for 30 minutes or more. Temperature of the water should be 101F to 103F (warm, not hot). Hot bath water causes the skin to eliminate rather than absorb. Following the bath, rinse skin with cool running water, then pat skin dry with a towel and apply a natural moisturizer.
Ancient Minerals magnesium should be used with intensity during the first 3-4 months in order to ensure proper restoration of cellular magnesium levels. Everyone has different needs and responds differently to magnesium therapy, adjust accordingly.
For more detailed information, please reference our Magnesium Instructional Guide below.
Magnesium Use Guide
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Use of the Ancient Minerals bath flakes are the most gentle form of transdermal magesium therapy for those with extremely sensitive or broken skin.
Some users of the magnesium oil and magnesium gel with sensitive skin may experience tingling and/or slight irritation at the site of application due to the high concentration of magnesium chloride. This is completely harmless, and varies based on a number of factors, including how much is applied and where it is applied on the body.
Diluting the magnesium oil 1:1 with pure spring water can reduce this effect, although this is a matter of personal preference. Those who experience this effect also report that the tingling lessens with each subsequent application.
Magnesium Chloride Salts and Your Health
Magnesium supplementation is considered essential by leading nutrition experts due to the prevalence of magnesium deficiency in the modern diet and magnesium’s crucial role in over 300 fundamental biochemical reactions.
Magnesium deficiency can affect several of the body’s systems, yet many are unaware of the role it plays in optimal health . Long term studies on the impact of high magnesium and fiber diets have shown potential benefits toward cardiovascular health,1 2 3 insulin resistance,4 5 and hypertension,6 as well as chronic symptoms of the muscular and neurological systems.
For those who suspect low magnesium may play a role in chronic ailments, or those who proactively supplement magnesium as a preventive measure, there are several types of oral magnesium available. Yet oral magnesium is not tolerated well by certain individuals, and some forms have been shown to have as low as a 4% absorption rate. Magnesium bath flakes by Ancient Minerals bypass the irritation and side effects associated with oral magnesium and are instead absorbed through the body’s largest organ: the skin.
Magnesium has been placed on the short list of nutrients of concern by the U.S. Department of Health7 yet many continue to be unaware of the role magnesium and hypomagnesemia play in optimal health. A study by scientists at the Centers for Disease Control, published in the Journal of Nutrition, explains:
"Despite the role of magnesium in maintaining health, much of the U.S. population has historically not consumed adequate amounts of magnesium… Magnesium is an essential element that is crucial to hundreds of physiologic processes in humans. Not surprisingly, inadequate intake of magnesium has been linked to various adverse health outcomes, including the development of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and headaches. Furthermore, magnesium is important in bone growth and may play a role in athletic performance.8"
Magnesium chloride flakes, a form of transdermal magnesium, are unique in that they are:
- Easy and convenient
- Directly available to muscular systems that require magnesium to function
- Delivered through the skin, and therefore easily assimilated and well-tolerated
Daniel Reid, bestselling author and a leading expert on eastern philosophy and medicine, recommends transdermal magnesium as a superior form of magnesium supplementation, citing Ancient Minerals as his topical magnesium of choice for his patients:
"Of all the sources we’ve tried, Ancient Minerals is the one that delivers the fastest, most potent therapeutic benefits. It contains essential elements that no longer exist in ocean water today, and is totally free of any toxic contaminant."
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2. Al-Delaimy WK, Rimm EB, Willett WC, Stampfer MJ, Hu FB. Magnesium intake and risk of coronary heart disease among men. Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 2004; 23: 63-70.
3. Ueshima K. Magnesium and ischemic heart disease: a review of epidemiological, experimental, and clinical evidences. Magnesium Research. 2005; 18: 275-84.
4. Sales CH, Pedrosa Lde F. Magnesium and diabetes mellitus: their relation. Clinical Nutrition. 2006; 25: 554-62.
5. Murakami K, Okubo H, Sasaki S. Effect of dietary factors on incidence of type 2 diabetes: a systematic review of cohort studies. Journal of nutritional science and vitaminology. (Tokyo) 2005; 51: 292-310.
6. Liao F, Folsom A, Brancati F. Is low magnesium concentration a risk factor for coronary heart disease? The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. American Heart Journal [serial online] September 1998;136(3):480-490. Available from: MEDLINE with Full Text, Ipswich, MA. Accessed August 27, 2009.
7. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Adequate Nutrients Within Calorie Needs. In: Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005. 2005. Available at: http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2005/document/pdf/DGA2005.pdf. Accessed January 28, 2010.
8. Ford ES, Mokdad AH. Dietary magnesium intake in a national sample of US adults. The Journal of Nutrition. 2003 Sep;133(9):2879-82. Available at: http://jn.nutrition.org/cgi/content/abstract/133/9/2879. Accessed March 1, 2010.