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Oral vs Topical Magnesium

February 22, 2024 2 min read

Oral vs Topical Magnesium

Magnesium: An Athlete’s Best Friend!

Medical professionals and athletes agree that magnesium is an essential mineral – critical to more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body.

Magnesium is essential for athletes' recovery, aiding in muscle repair by supporting protein synthesis, reducing inflammation and enhancing sleep quality. It helps maintain electrolyte balance, reducing the risk of muscle cramps and improving hydration. Magnesium also supports oxygen delivery to muscles and prevents exercise-induced deficiencies.


Topical Magnesium: Better Absorption, Better Results

While oral magnesium supplements have long been popular for their potential health benefits, there's growing interest in topical magnesium application as an alternative delivery method.

It just makes sense that applying magnesium full strength to where your body needs it most will produce better results.

Unlike oral supplements, which must pass through the digestive system and face potential “absorption detours,” topical magnesium is directly absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. A significant amount of magnesium taken orally can end up in the intestinal tract – as much as 30-50%. Topical application bypasses the gastrointestinal tract, allowing for quicker and more efficient magnesium absorption.


Topical Magnesium: The Recovery Accelerator

Surprisingly, there are very few topical magnesium products on the market, but ­Wintergreen’s recovery line of topical magnesium products is producing amazing results!

To assess the power of topical magnesium application, we created the Wintergreen Challenge. We asked USAT athletes currently using analgesic products to please STOP and START using Wintergreen’s recovery line EXCLUSIVELY for two weeks.

The Wintergreen Challenge’s preliminary results support the efficacy of topical magnesium application. Preliminary results show 90+% of USA Triathletes report speed of recovery improvement and less soreness the day after a workout.

Additionally, 60% of triathletes report an improvement in their training times and over 70% even stated that their sleeping patterns improved!

While both oral and topical magnesium supplements offer health benefits, the advantages of topical application are increasingly recognized for absorption efficiency, targeted delivery, convenience, and effectiveness.