I take a magnesium supplement and sometimes soak in Epsom salt for joint pain. I read an article that said the only way the body can absorb magnesium is through the skin. Is that true? Should I buy a magnesium cream instead of a dietary supplement?
There’s nothing like a warm, relaxing Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) bath after a good workout. Magnesium is a mineral needed by the body for several functions, including muscle and nerve function, bone mineralization and building protein. One of magnesium’s most common uses is to relieve constipation. Magnesium is in every cell and has a vital role in energy metabolism. It also has a role in oral health by building strong tooth enamel. Food sources of the mineral include nuts, legumes, whole grains, dark green vegetables, seafood and chocolate.
Magnesium requirements vary by age. Adult men need 420 mg per