Absorption through the skin

Absorption through the skin

The best way of combating a magnesium deficiency is by applying it to the skin. When applied to the skin, Zechsal's dissolved magnesium directly penetrates the so-called 'interstitum' (or intercellular fluid, your body's ocean), from where it is quickly distributed throughout the body and is immediately made available to the cells.

To explain this transdermal intake, we first have to take a closer look at the skin, the largest human organ with a surface area of 1.5 to 2 square metres. As a shield, the skin prevents dehydration and forms an important part of our immune system. At the same time, the skin expels water, waste substances and salt and takes in other substances. These include small, fat-free substances like nicotine, although electrolytes (salts, acids and their base counterparts) are also absorbed by the skin under certain conditions. This in itself is nothing new and has been applied for many years. Consider nicotine patches, hormone creams and even painkillers.

Today, there is conclusive evidence that magnesium is also absorbed by the skin - at least in a natural chloride state such as that of Zechsal magnesium. However, the precise action has not yet been scientifically confirmed. The most likely theory comes from Dr Richard Danel from the Magnesium Health Institute. He believes that it is absorbed through the sweat glands, a theory that is also considered most plausible by various other researchers and scientists.

Just like at the exits of the kidneys, there are also small cell clusters at the ends of the sweat glands that actively reclaim magnesium as it is being expelled by the body (in urine or sweat). It is possible that these cells do not just reclaim magnesium, but also absorb it if sufficiently concentrated. The presence of such cells, which have probably developed through evolution, also suggests that the human race en masse has not been affected by magnesium deficiency for a very long time.

How is Zechsal different to tablets?

Most magnesium supplements are still taken in the form of tablets. There is nothing wrong with this method, but remember that an estimated 60% to 70% of magnesium in tablet form is not used by the body. The stomach can only process a certain amount and the rest is immediately expelled by the kidneys. This is why people often have problems with thin stools or diarrhoea when they use tablets.

There are virtually no such side effects when absorption takes place through the skin. Zechsal is optimally available from a biological perspective because the digestive system is spared and the magnesium ends up exactly where it should be, in our intercellular fluid.