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Magnesium Chloride verses Magnesium Sulphate (epsom salts)

Magnesium chloride versus magnesium sulphate

Evidence suggests magnesium chloride is more effective and safer than magnesium sulphate!


On an average, you need 300 to 400 mg of magnesium every day for your body and mind to stay healthy. The requirements are higher in case of chronic/ long term diseases and stress. Magnesium is one such vital nutrient that is more crucial than you could probably imagine!


Magnesium deficiency can turn out to be very expensive and lead to various deadly diseases such as diabetes, stroke, and heart diseases.

Magnesium deficit also leads to several health issues such as:

  • body aches, cramps in the soles, muscle cramps anywhere in the body, weakness, lethargy, impaired athletic performance,
  • anxiety, depression, irritability, sleep disorders, headache, poor memory, seizures, dizziness,
  • painful menstruation, vomiting sensation, constipation, sodium retention, porous bones, asthma, and pregnancy complications


Statistics published in 2018 in The Journal, Open Heart, states one in three individuals in the developed countries is magnesium deficient. Isn’t it more prevalent than you could possibly imagine?


Diet is always the best source of magnesium. Nuts, pumpkin seeds, and green leafy veggies are the rich sources of magnesium. Oral supplements do help in overcoming the deficit soon. They have their share of unwanted effects such as stomach upset, though. Transdermal magnesium (magnesium enters your serum via skin) is the safest yet the most effective magnesium replenishment option, as confirmed by studies.


When we talk about transdermal magnesium, there’s always a debate on magnesium chloride versus magnesium sulphate.

Magnesium chloride is MgCl2, and magnesium sulphate is MgSO4, which is also known as Epsom salt.


Here’s why magnesium chloride is a better choice than magnesium sulphate:

  • Your body absorbs magnesium in the form of magnesium chloride more easily

Your body has 70% chloride anions, and that makes it easier to absorb MgCl2.

  • MgCl2 is much safer than MgSO4.

Seawater is a rich source of magnesium, both magnesium chloride as well as magnesium sulphate.

Magnesium chloride is usually harvested from seawater, dehydrated from the open ocean, alpine salt pockets, or dessert salt pans. However, the magnesium sulphate that is available in the market is cheaper and is manufactured in the factory, but not from the sea.

  • The elemental magnesium present in MgCl2 is up to 16%, whereas MgSO4 has only up to 10% elemental magnesium.

*Elemental stands for the amount of mineral your body can actually absorb and utilize.

Your body doesn’t need much sulphate, and the excess sulphate is excreted via kidneys. Thus, magnesium sulphate gets excreted from your body much faster without being utilized well.

  • MgCl2 also has 2% of other trace minerals that are useful to your body. On the other hand, MgSO4 doesn’t have such trace minerals.
  • Research confirms MgCl2 is also more suitable than MgSO4 for treating a disease called fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a condition, wherein there is widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue/ extreme tiredness, memory, mood, and sleep issues.
  • Epsom salt baths can be dehydrating, whereas magnesium chloride baths are more hydrating.

Regular Epsom salt baths can rip the protective oils and dry up your skin. Magnesium chloride baths help you keep your skin soft and smooth. MgCl2 foot soaks help you prevent the dry skin building at your feet and the need to trim them off. Thanks to magnesium hexahydrate molecules, which means six water molecules in a crystal matrix that attracts water towards it. It is evident that if you let MgCl2 expose to air, it attracts water molecules and becomes liquid/ magnesium oil in water.

Your body is hungry for chloride as well as magnesium ions. Their combination MgCl2 is water-soluble, and your body takes it up easily. You need half magnesium chloride salt as that of Epsom salts for a similar relaxation effect.


How to use magnesium chloride to reap all its benefits?

You can use magnesium chloride to de-stress and rejuvenate while you help your body replenish the magnesium deficit.

Just add two cups of magnesium chloride flakes to your bathtub and soak in for a rejuvenating bath!

Don’t have time to soak in the bathtub?

Add 1/4th to a half cup of flakes to warm water and soak in your feet.

Make sure the water is warm, not hot, for the best results.


Transdermal magnesium is also available in the form of gels, sprays, and creams.


Get set to replenish your magnesium deficit. Contact us at MgBody for more details today!