Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Review: My Husband Loves Using Magnesium Oil for Neck Pain

Magnesium Oil Helps Relieve Neck Pain

My husband has suffered with neck pain and stiffness for many years. It was so bad it was hard to turn his head while driving. A week ago he asked about using magnesium oil. Fortunately, I had recently ordered some Asutra magnesium oil for myself and was able to provide it for him immediately.

Magnesium Oil is Easy to Apply

Before Hubby went to bed, I got read to apply the magnesium oil. I washed the back of his neck and shoulders with a washcloth to remove any sweat or traces of sunblock, and then dried the area. Then I sprayed some magnesium oil on his back and neck and rubbed it in. Since I have an arthritic thumb, I did some of the rubbing with that, hoping it might help me, too.

I had used the Asutra behind my knee earlier and had noticed a slight sting. When you begin to use magnesium oil it can sting or itch for a few minutes. I had forgotten to mention this to my husband. If your cellular magnesium levels are low, your skin sucks up the large molecules quickly, and that's what causes the sting. As your levels come back up to normal, it doesn't sting like it might at first. It doesn't sting either of us now. Even when there is a sting, it disappears quickly.

The next morning Hubby told me his the treatment had lessened his pain and it was  easier to turn his head. We now do this every night to keep his magnesium levels up in those muscles.

He decided to also see a chiropractor at his gym for a massage. That helped, too, and the chiropractor told him that using the magnesium oil was a good way to retain the results of the massage. My thumb is also doing better than it was. My husband can now turn his head much farther than he could two weeks ago.

The photo below was taken outside because the light is better. I wanted you to see how easy it is to apply the oil. Aim it where it's needed and spray. You can then rub it in or not. We choose to rub it in for best absorption. I help because he can't reach to rub in the magnesium oil where needed.

Review: My Husband Loves Using Magnesium Oil for Neck Pain
Hubby Demonstrates How to Apply Magnesium Oil, © B. Radisavljevic 

What is Magnesium Oil?

It's not an oil at all. It's really a liquid form of concentrated magnesium chloride. It's made by dissolving magnesium chloride flakes in water. It only seems a bit oily when applied.

Don't I Get Enough Magnesium from My Tablets?

We have both taken magnesium in tablets for at least twenty years. The problem is that most of what we were taking was magnesium oxide, and that is not easily absorbed. After some research I learned that oral magnesium is most easily absorbed in its malate form.

I recently switched to to a sustained release magnesium malate and niacinamide formula called Arterin. Since I started taking it I am sleeping better and experiencing less knee pain that I was.

Arterin was designed to support normal blood pressure levels and a healthy heart rhythm. Since I started taking it my problems with both of these have not recurred. I was having a real problem with heart palpitations, even though I was supposedly getting lots of magnesium in my supplements and eating lots of almonds and other magnesium food sources.

Although I still take Arterin,  I've had to adjust my levels, because I was experiencing the one side effect of too much oral magnesium -- loose and watery stools. I can now take two instead of four Arterin tablets and substitute the Asutra magnesium oil to get the rest of the magnesium I need. This reduces the inconvenient side affect.

Are You Getting Enough Magnesium?

If you are relying on your diet and supplements in tablet form, you may not be. Many cheap supplements use magnesium oxide.  The calcium / magnesium ratio needs to stay at a balanced 2:1. We were taking Kirkland Calcium Citrate (most absorbable calcium form) with Magnesium (oxide) and zinc. Ratio was 500 mg calcium to 80 mg magnesium -- not enough. To make up for it, we were taking another tablet with 400 mg magnesium oxide. We also were eating lots of nuts, seeds, bananas, avocados, and dark chocolate -- all very good food sources. In spite of this, we weren't getting enough magnesium to alleviate the symptoms of lower than optimal magnesium levels.

Men under thirty need 400 milligrams of magnesium a day. Men over thirty need 420 milligrams. Women under thirty need 310 milligram. Those women over thirty need 320. Pregnant women nineteen to thirty need 350 milligrams. Pregnant women over thirty need 360. Pregnant women are advised not to take more than 350 milligrams a day in supplement form.

Since magnesium is stored mostly in your body's bones and organs, very little is in your bloodstream at any given time. That's one reason those batteries of blood tests your doctor orders from time to time don't show if you have enough of this important mineral.

Less than optimal levels levels of magnesium can manifest themselves through insomnia, fatigue, muscle weakness, abnormal heart rhythms, muscle spasms, anxiety and depression, difficulty swallowing, forgetfulness, and poor nail growth. That's because magnesium is essential for over 300 chemical reactions in your body. It affects almost everything. It regulates the body's use of other important minerals and also some vitamins, such as vitamin D.

Optimal levels of  magnesium help keep us feeling mentally and physically healthy. They have been shown to improve memory; reduce depression caused by low serotonin levels; reduce stress and anxiety, both of which lower magnesium levels; prevent diabetes because it helps metabolize carbohydrates and glucose; thin the blood, which may reduce chances of heart attacks and strokes; build healthy bones; shorten duration of migraines; relieve some PMS symptoms; and improve flexibility by reducing the build-up of the lactic acid that cause muscle pain and tightness (like that in my husband's neck).

My Recommendations

To insure optimal magnesium levels, include rich sources of magnesium in your diet. I have mentioned some above. Avoid too much calcium in proportion to magnesium. Don't drink too much coffee soda, or alcohol. Use salt in moderation and avoid hidden salt in processed food. Use very few refined and processed foods.

Very few people get enough magnesium through diet alone. They can also deplete their supply through heavy menstrual periods, excessive sweating, and stress. Most people will need some form of supplementation for optimal levels. You can supplement with pills, magnesium oil, and soaking in salts that contain magnesium. Doctors can also give injections. Unless you love soaking in the tub, I recommend the following supplements. When you make your first order of Asutra, it includes a free e-book about the benefits of magnesium and how to get them. It also lists foods rich in magnesium.

What the Government Wants You to Know

The symptoms of low magnesium levels I have described may also have other causes. This post is intended for informational purposes only. My statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. My information and the products I have mentioned here are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease or illness. Please consult your doctor before changing your diet or using the products I have told you worked for us. Every body is different and can respond differently.

Those who have kidney failure or who are on dialysis should never take magnesium unless under medical supervision. 

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  1. Very interesting to know these facts about magnesium and how necessary it is for a healthy body. Also good to know that magnesium oil can help pain, such as in your hubby's neck and your arthritic thumb and knee. I'll have to check out my levels. Thanks for this helpful review.

    1. Elf, it's not that easy to check your levels, since they aren't accurately measured by a blood test. Consider instead how much absorbable magnesium you currently get through diet and supplement to see if it meets the minimum you need. And if you have muscles that hurt, it won't hurt you to try this unless you have some of the conditions mentioned in the end note.

  2. Wow!! This is great information Barbara, I never heard about this. I happen to have both problems, my thumb is in constant pain, and every now and then my neck acts up to where I can't turn my head. I"m really going to check this out. Thanks for your research and great review!!

    1. If the problems are muscular, the magnesium oil may help you. I hope it does.

  3. I have actually never heard of magnesium oil! How cool that it will relieve your arthritis and your husband's neck pain. That is truly amazing.

    1. Relief is temporary, but it keep pain from getting worse like it does when you do nothing. It gives the body the nutrients it needs to relax the muscles.

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  4. I'm wondering if the magnesium oil might help my husband's hip arthritis. It does sound rather amazing that your husband got the relief he needed and that your thumb is better. Very interesting facts about magnesium, something I knew very little about. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Susan, it's not magic. It will help the effects on muscles. It can't do much for bone spurs. My thumb and toe still hurt -- just not as much. The sore toe, which may be a partial joint replacement from April, 2014 going bad, affects the muscles as I try to compensate. My doctor says there's nothing to be done about the arthritis in my thumb, but it, too, affects muscles, and I can relieve some of the muscle pain with the magnesium oil. Time will tell. I'm currently using this on any muscles that hurt, but it can't do what it may take a knee replacement to do when the cartilage is disappearing. It temporarily relieves muscle pain, as ibuprofen might, but without the damage to my stomach the pills cause.

  5. This is VERY interesting - I use a lot of vitamins for a variety of different things - I had no idea you could get this in Oil form - that would be ideal for us. I do bath in it, but as you said, not enough to get a continued benefit. I also have the supplements but found your ratios here to be very helpful. Thanks for the tip on the Oil, we'll have to try it.

    1. The nice thing about the oil is that it gives you the magnesium in a very absorbable form without the laxative effects of oral magnesium.

  6. Magnesium is awesome in any form. Great article!

  7. I have never heard of magnesium oil either. I wonder if it will work with my left hand which is driving me crazy with pain....Think I need to try this and see if it works on would be wonderful if it did.

  8. Some very interesting information here. Thank you for sharing. I have to watch my potassium levels. During my last trip to the vitamin aisle, I bought magnesium/calcium... for the calcium, really. I'm going to do some more research about magnesium and my needs. Thank you!

  9. I've never heard of magnesium oil, but it sounds great. I've found Mag Phos which is a cell salt to be a great way of getting enough magnesium to avoid night cramps in the past, but I haven't needed magnesium for a while. I might have to get some of the oil to have on hand for the next time I have a flare up with my arthritis.

  10. I've never heard of magnesium oil before. I can say that I take magnesium to help with my hormones and it does help! Currently I have neck pain and would consider trying this. Thanks for all your great information.


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