Among minerals, magnesium is the most life giving available, central to energy manufacture, balance and regulation. Magnesium has been hailed by some as the panacea of our age, and its deficiency our silent epidemic. Yet rising levels of contaminants in our sea waters today threaten the most convenient and soluble form of magnesium: topical magnesium produced from natural magnesium chloride.
It is simply no longer possible to naturally harvest a true pure magnesium oil from modern bodies of water, due to contamination by heavy metals such as mercury and lead.
How can I find a natural and pure magnesium oil?
Is it possible to achieve real purity in a magnesium oil product?
In the late 1990′s a rare and pristine source of unadulterated magnesium chloride was located in an ancient geological formation, and ties were made with the health community and advocates of magnesium supplementation. This occasion solved the dilemma of achieving a topical magnesium oil that is both natural and pure. The source is the ancient Zechstein Seabed.
The Zechstein salt beds are a perfectly preserved snapshot of pure magnesium chloride.
Some 250 million years ago the Zechstein Sea was a concentrated inland salt water sea, with many of the characteristics of the Dead Sea today. The striking difference between the Dead Sea and the Zechstein Sea is the fact that the Zechstein Sea was active in an age millions of years prior to man’s industrialization and pollution of our water supplies, in a time where dinosaurs still roamed the earth.
Magnesium chloride, a natural salt of magnesium, was plentiful in this sea and concentrated by a combination of flooding by sea waters and slow evaporation. Over time, these dense waters found their way deep into underground deposits, slowly accumulating through fissures in the earth over millions of years, trapped underground by overlying rock.
Though the Zechstein Sea itself no longer exists today, the Zechstein salt beds are a perfectly preserved snapshot of pure magnesium chloride as it existed in its natural state, millions of years ago.
In our commitment to a truly natural product that is also guaranteed free of impurities, we use only Genuine Zechstein™ magnesium chloride in our topical magnesium products. This unadulterated pure magnesium chloride is drawn from the ancient Zechsten Seabed from approximately 2 miles beneath the surface of the earth.
Each batch is produced under strict GMP, ISO 9001, and ISO 14001 quality control standards.
Our ultra pure magnesium oil and ultra pure topical magnesium products feature the Genuine Zechstein™ emblem as a mark of purity, and our commitment to providing only the finest and purest natural magnesium chloride in the world.
Is magnesium purity really that important?
Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac. OMD, author of Transdermal Magnesium Therapy and director of the International Medical Veritas Association (IMVA), has written extensively on the use of magnesium to promote good health.
Natural Allopathic Medicine, a recent title by author Dr. Mark Sircus
Dr. Sircus writes:
Magnesium Oil and Mercury-Contaminated Sea Water
Mercury is also a problem in some of the available magnesium products and it’s a growing concern on earth today. There is at least one company selling magnesium chloride brine from the Great Salt Lake but federal scientists studying the lake have found some of the highest levels of mercury ever measured anywhere. Concentrations of methylmercury, the element’s most poisonous form exceeded 25 nanograms per liter of water. Fish consumption warnings have been issued when there was just 1 nanogram per liter. “We thought we would find some high levels of methylmercury,” said David Naftz, the USGS research hydrologist who is heading the Great Salt Lake project, “but not some of the highest (the USGS) has ever found.”
The deepest waters of the Great Salt Lake may contain even more toxic mercury than previously known. That’s according to water tests done by Kennecott Utah Copper a few years ago, two years after samples that triggered alarms about mercury throughout Utah. The large surface area of the lake may collect a lot of mercury from atmospheric deposition. Once in the lake, sulfate-reducing bacteria that live in the deep brine layer may facilitate the creation of methylmercury. Preliminary analyses indicate that methylmercury levels in the deep brine layer of Utah’s Great Salt Lake are among the highest ever measured by the USGS.
Pure Magnesium Oil vs. Open Sea and Ocean Minerals Magnesium Oil
One needs to be seriously concerned about purchasing products coming from the Great Salt Lake and companies making claims about purity yet have no documentation to prove support their assertions. There are very few producers of transdermal magnesium products that actively test their product with standardized labs tests, let alone disclose these tests to the public. It is not advisable to take someone’s word on such matters.
Magnesium Oil, a solution gathered by salt water evaporation has been our favorite magnesium chloride solution until now but we found after a few years of experience that is was not pure enough for medical or health use. Certainly it could never be taken orally as the pharmaceutical stuff can be. Though it can be filtered fairly well if it is bottled in a certified laboratory and bottling company it can still smell and sting when put on the skin. I now only recommend magnesium oil products that come from certified laboratories and bottling companies and even then do not suggest sea water magnesium oil from open and unprotected ponds. These kinds of ponds where created to produce magnesium chloride in large quantities for use as a road salt and for crop dusting. It makes a wonderful fertilizer for the soil.
Special Note for Health Care Practitioners: In critical situations where heavy application is a must, one needs the confidence that patients will be able to tolerate without discomfort the application of the magnesium chloride all over the body. To have an emergency situation where a patient is in desperate need we need the purest available.
For the very purest magnesium oil we now have to turn to Europe. Deep underground is a 250 million old inactive sea of magnesium chloride oil that has never been touched by modern day pollution and there is enough of it down there to last humanity hundreds of years. It is so pure that I use it as a mouthwash and then swallow what is in my mouth for oral supplementation. It is ideal not only for oral intake but practically insures that skin reactions will be absent even at full strength. This magnesium oil is called Ancient Minerals.
However, the magnesium oil from this ancient deposit in Northern Europe will be a hit in the Far East where they appreciate the purity and quality of such products especially because the cost is dramatically lower than the price from Hawaii. If purchased by the half gallon, Ancient Minerals magnesium oil comes in at about $3.75 per 2 fluid ounces, and it gets my vote for all time purest, most powerful, useful medicinal substance in the world. Lesser quality evaporated seawater magnesium oil would come in at an average of about $1.60 for two ounces (when purchased by the gallon) but there are certain limits we have to put on contamination with heavy metals and other contaminants with any medicinal.
Special Note about “Pharmaceutical Grade” magnesium chloride products: Recently there have been several manufacturers of transdermal magnesium chloride products on the web, simply stating the purity of their product as “pharmaceutical grade.” Unfortunately, this is insufficient. It does not give us any real information or insight into the quality of the product. First and foremost, many of them cannot or will not supply laboratory proof to support their claim. Secondly, the standards for pharmaceutical grade magnesium chloride are too relaxed. A producer can refer to their magnesium chloride products as pharmaceutical grade provided that it does not contain more than 10 parts per million of heavy metals (mercury, cadmium, lead, etc), which is definitely not considered to be a product suited for medical use.
Ancient Minerals Ultra Pure Magnesium Oil: “Great Quality and Low Price”
Most toxic industrially created magnesium chloride products would weigh in around 80 cents for two ounces and we readily recommend them when nothing else is available. The Ancient Minerals bath flakes take the cake in this regard though. In this product you get both great quality and low price. It weighs in terms of dry ounces at only 49 cents an ounce.
So this brand offers it all, in their oil the unbeatable purest medicinal in the world and in their flakes the second best quality (next to their oil) but an unbeatable price. Medical doctors and all healthcare professionals have to be concerned with the price of products without dropping the ball on quality.
Ancient Minerals + Genuine Zechstein = Pure Magnesium