FAQ: What are Typical Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms?

• Cramps and Restless Legs
• Skin Problems
• Constipation or Leaky Gut
• Chronic Fatigue
• Irritability / Headaches
• Inflammation / Pain
• PMT / Hormone Issues
• Anxiety / Depression
• Disturbed Sleep
• Metabolic Syndrome
• Insulin Resistance
• Heart Arrhythmia
• Hypertension / Heart Disease
• Stiff joints / Arthritis / Osteoporosis
• Auto Immune Disorders / Allergies
• Acidosis / Candida Overgrowth

Several studies have confirmed that magnesium is excessively lost under stress, and that we need a greater amount for recovery.  To make matters worse, low magnesium makes us more sensitive to stress, less resilient, and more likely to have heart arrhythmia, metabolic syndrome (sugar sensitivity), inflammatory issues and hypercalcemia (ie. excessive calcium deposits which cause stiffening of soft tissue and joints). Read more about the Benefits of Magnesium Massage here.  

DIET AND ORAL TABLETS-POWDERS:  You can’t get too much magnesium from natural foods and spring waters because the gut wall is not able to have high concentrations pass through to the interior. High concentrations are expelled quickly by the digestive system because magnesium attracts water, and this can lead to runny stool (diarrhea). In this way oral supplements only make it through the gut wall in small quantity, and most is wasted.

TOPICAL (VIA SKIN): The skin offers another way to absorb magnesium, and it can cope with higher concentrations compared to the gut lining. Use as much natural magnesium chloride via skin as you like without fear of overdose, as the body absorbs from the epidermis only what it needs at any one time. The epidermis in this way acts as a reservoir for nutrients and is able to take up more magnesium better if sufficent lipids (fats) are available. In dry skin conditions there is more limited (or slower) access. It helps to have a well lubricated and conditioned skin which can be done easily with Magnesium Cream and Magnesium Lotion. Studies re Transdermal Magnesium here…

  • The concentration of calcium and sulphate ions is much lower in food grade compared to industrial grade.
  • Food grade is put through several mechanical filtration processes, but industrial grade doesn’t have the same quality processing controls.
  • Industrial grade often contains toxic metal contaminants like lead and mercury, or high levels of arsenic. These contaminants can pollute the salts if they are mined, or if the salt water source was exposed to agricultural, mining, sewage or industrial waste streams in the environment. Waste salts from desalination plants also produce industrial grade. Food grade magnesium chloride should not contain mercury nor lead.
  • Industrial grade is used mainly for agricultural fertilizers, processing magnesium metals, swimming pool salt, de-icing of roads and removal of dust from the air in mining environments.
  • Food grade is used mainly by tofu manufacturers and by pharmaceutical companies who further refine the salt to remove all other trace minerals, and make pharmaceutical grade for intravenous use.
  • More information is in this article… 

Whilst recommended daily magnesium minimum recommended is generally around 300-400mg for adults, there is a wide spectrum of needs for optimal (best) magnesium supply for good health. Some people may need as much as 1,000mg magnesium per day to compensate for excessive magnesium loss or inadequate amount in diet. Read more about dosage here.


For example, if you are young and don’t suffer from too much stress or excessive physical exertion, and if you have a balanced diet of fresh foods and avoidance of chemicals, then 300mg or 400mg of daily magnesium may be sufficient for you to maintain good health.


However, if you do excessive exercise or have high levels of stress in your life – such as shift working and sleep deprivation – then you may need 1,000mg per day. We are all different with individual needs, which may also fluctuate daily. If you have a day of physical hard work outside in the hot sun and you perspire a lot, you will have lost excessive amounts of electrolytes in sweat.


Different genetics may need more magnesium than others, people with kidney problems lose too much magnesium in the urine (called hypermagnesuria), and the advancement of age generally means we need extra magnesium for maintenance.


Pregnancy requires a much higher amount of magnesium for the growth of a new body, people with digestive disorders can’t digest and absorb enough nutrients from foods, and there are those who have suffered trauma and injury, which severely depletes the body of magnesium. If you are on drugs or medications, exposed to heavy metals or glyphosate, smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol excessively – all of these circumstances can cause excessive loss or blocking of magnesium in the body.


Regardless of why you have become magnesium depleted, you can recover your stores over time with daily transdermal magnesium supplementation. To optimise results and get the best out of your magnesium, follow a balanced fresh food diet (without processed junk foods and sugar) and drink plenty of filtered water with added magnesium for good hydration, as magnesium makes the water work better.


Recommended Natural Magnesium (chem-free): Natural magnesium chloride hexahydrate salt flakes (food grade) in bath or footsoak, drinking water, plus magnesium skin care using Elektra Magnesium Cream or Magnesium Charge Lotion, with Magnesium Oil Spritz for extra strength as required.

Both Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) and magnesium chloride flakes are forms of magnesium salt and dissolve in water.  Epsom salts have about 9% elemental magnesium, whereas magnesium chloride hexahydrate (dehydrated from salt brine), has 12-16% elemental magnesium depending on the geographical source of the magnesium salt water and how much it is processed. There will also be 1-2% mixture of other trace minerals which occur naturally in the salt water brine. There are three categories of magnesium chloride: industrial (for agriculture, making metal, and swimming pools), food grade (for oral consumption and food preparation) and pharmaceutical (for medicines). The sulphate in Epsom salts can be irritating on endothelial and mucosal linings, whereas magnesium chloride solution is gentler.  More information in this article….

For thousands of years cultures around the world have been practicing balneotherapy, which is soaking in mineral waters or hot springs to absorb minerals through the skin and alleviate degenerative conditions such as arthritis.  In the last century magnesium chloride, harvested from salt water brine, and magnesium sulphate (epsom salts), manufactured as a pure isolate, have been harvested and used for baths and footsoaks at home.  Magnesium oil, which is a solution of magnesium salts and water, was also used to spray on to muscles and joints for pain and cramps alleviation.

Once magnesium ions are fully dissolved and ionised they can bass through cell walls from extra-cellular to intracellular spaces. Magnesium ions can pass into the epidermis via soaking and bathing, which opens the skin pores (same pathway as perspiration), or via the help of plant oils and extracts (as in Magnesium Cream, Magnesium Charge Lotion and Magnesium Oil Spritz).

In 2009 Elektra Magnesium Cream, the first of its kind, was created as a natural skin conditioner and more ‘user-friendly’ supplement to deliver magnesium transdermally. Its rich complex lipid structure help transport magnesium ions through the epidermis, whilst keeping the skin in great condition with a more youthful and hydrated complexion.

Epidermis Magnesium

See STUDY Transdermal Absorption of Magnesium Cream.

More information about the science of how magnesium works, and study references here…

When we are magnesium deficient our detoxification systems can suffer and become sluggish. Consequently, the body begins to store more and more toxins and wastes in tissue cells – particularly fat cells – in order to protect the organs.

If you have been low in magnesium and then supply more magnesium to the body, it can use that magnesium metabolism boost to energise detoxification and antioxidant enzymes such as glutathione or superoxide dismutase.

Once tissue cells start dumping wastes, some people can experience detox symptoms such as a headache, feeling more tired, or even a rash (as the skin is also used to ‘shed’ toxins if liver is struggling with this task).

As magnesium is naturally anti-inflammatory and restorative, these issues pass fairly quickly within a couple of days or sooner. Symptoms can be alleviated by drinking more water (ie. filtered water with Magnesium Flakes added OR Magnesium Supplement for Drinking Water) to help flush the system faster, as well as enemas, infrared saunas, and magnesium baths which allow the skin to excrete more toxins and lift the load from the liver (digestive system). Magnesium in water helps the water to become more hydrating and have better access to cells for cleansing. Drinking more and perspiring more therefore help to push out the toxins faster.

We never know how much load we are carrying until we start shedding. Ultra sensitive people, if they are concerned about symptoms, are recommended to begin for the first month with magnesium soaking and mineral water drinking to gently top up magnesium levels, whilst also supporting the detox process. Afterwards,  Magnesium Cream (Herbal), which has a rich and protective blend of oils and antibacterial extracts, can be added in the second month. For people with ultra-sensitive skin we recommend the lightest magnesium cream (5% magnesium chloride salts) which is Baby Calm Balm.

The body adjusts in increments and you feel a gradual improvement week by week. As skin conditions improve and return to normal, it doesn’t matter which Magnesium Cream is used for daily skin care, as the four main creams contain the same amount of magnesium (15% magnesium chloride salts). And you can’t overdose transdermally, as the body is in control of uptake. However, those with rashes and allergic sensitivities or skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis etc, are recommended to continue with using either Baby Calm Balm or Herbal Magnesium Cream . For people with ultra-sensitive skin we recommend the lightest magnesium cream (5% magnesium chloride salts) which is Baby Calm Balm.
See this article about Detox…


Pregnancy Magnesium Needs:

The body needs more magnesium during pregnancy due to extra cell building.  Growing a new baby requires a lot of minerals!  Magnesium deficiency is common in pregnancy, which can cause oedema and pre-eclampsia. The food supply has become magnesium deficient. Magnesium tablets or powders can cause irritable bowel or diarrhea.  However, transdermal magnesium absorption allows the body to take up what it needs in its own time, so you cannot get too much this way.  In fact you can get higher amounts trandsermally to suit actual needs compared to tablets and powders via digestion. Be sure to apply regularly and serve up to your body this valuable smorgasboard of nutrition.

Magnesium Detox Soaking:

In addition to using Magnesium Cream or Magnesium Charge Lotion for muscle massage, skin care and conditioning tummy rubs for skin stretching, we also suggest adding magnesium footsoaking or bathing to your weekly regime for magnesium uptake, as this process also helps detoxification and soothes sore ankles.

Essential Oil Ingredients:

There are no toxic ingredients in any Elektra Magnesium products. They are made with only natural and organic ingredients.  The amount of essential oil for fragrance is also at a trace level – only enough for aroma, but not therapeutic level.

The essential oils have a good safety profile and not considered dangerous for pregnancy (like some other essential oils can be). More information about ingredients of Magnesium Creams are on this page.

Gentle & Effective:

Magnesium Cream, which has higher fat content and mild magnesium concentration, is gentle enough for children and toddlers. Use in magnesium massage for calming effect and to promote better sleep. Extra magnesium bathing is also very gentle, and helps with detox, muscle relaxation and better sleep.

Many women have used our magnesium body products during pregnancy since 2009 and we have had no adverse reaction reports from it to date, but on the contrary, there are many customer reviews regarding relief of muscle spasm, tension, anti-inflammatory and calming effects to promote better sleep. Building magnesium stores also helps the muscles be more flexible, which is a bonus for the delivery!

See this article about pregnancy and a case study…


Children need a lot of magnesium to support growth, development and healthy bones. If they have magnesium deficiency they can suffer more from growing pains, sleep problems, anxiety and restlessness such as in ADHD symptoms, as well as allergies and weaker immune system or gut microbiome imbalance.

Smaller bodies require less magnesium, however it’s not dangerous to get extra.  The body chooses what it takes up from the skin.  We recommend Magnesium Creams for skin care of younger children, as well as magnesium flakes in the bath (half cup for primary school children, moving to one cup for teenagers).

The four Magnesium Creams at 15% magnesium chloride salt concentration are mild and ideal for muscle massage of children suffering from growing pains, or recovering from exercise or injury. It also helps to promote better sleep at bedtime. For ultra sensitive skin type use Baby Calm Balm, which is the lightest magnesium cream at 5% magnesium chloride salt and with skin healing botanicals including calendula, chamomile, rosehip, native snowflower, fingerlime  and more. Mums can use it as a daily facial moisturiser and bubs to protect skin and avoid nappy rash or milk rash. It is soothing and comforting.

Elektra Magnesium Flakes are also food grade and can be used to re-mineralise filtered drinking water (which mimics natural spring water’s electrolyte charge). Average recommended for adults is to drink 3 litres per 24 hours (more if hot weather or perspiring a lot), and for children – whatever they need to quench their thirst.  More information on Mg Flakes page.

“Whilst Elektra Magnesium is not a significant user of either palm oil or palm oil derivatives, we recognise the concerns regarding the ecological impacts of palm oil production. The issue has been raised that rainforest habitats of endangered wildlife, including orangutans, are being cleared to accommodate for new oil palm plantations. The geographical areas of particular concern are Borneo and Sumatra in South East Asia. Therefore we only source suppliers who procure palm oil from outside Borneo or Sumatra using well-established plantations, many of which would have been converted from existing rubber plantations over two decades ago. As such, there are no implications of present or planned rainforest destruction in these areas. We ensure our suppliers are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a not-for-profit global association formally established under Article 60 of the Swiss Civil Code. By taking a multi-stakeholder approach, the Round table provides a unique forum for the pragmatic co-operation, consideration and promotion of sustainable production and use of palm oil.”

Elektra Magnesium products used certified Fair Trade Shea Butter.

All Elektra Magnesium tubes are fully recyclable LDPE plastic.  The new 150g and 15g tubes made from 2022 onwards also contain 30% recycled plastic as part of the Circular Economy. The jars are made of fully recyclable PET food grade plastic and can be re-used as storage jars. The Magnesium Oil bottles (180mL and 1L) are recyclable PET food grade plastic, and the one litre REFILL bottles are designed for saving both money and environment, as you can refill your 180mL sprayer bottles instead of throwing them out. See Elektra Magnesium Cream JARS and One Litre Elektra Magnesium Oil Spritz REFILL bottle


Nutrition Via Skin – Feels sooooo good!

Transdermal magnesium is light years ahead. Feel the differnce – fast.

Magnesium Deficiency

Safe, Natural Ways to Manage Magnesium Deficiency and Take Charge of Your Health

You can cope with your own and your family’s magnesium deficiency by being clued-up and selecting the best products to solve the problem. Elektra Magnesium has nutritional answers for you because we want you to be fully informed.

Solutions for Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms

If symptoms persist after using our products, please consult your medical practitioner. Do take note that the symptoms described could have other causes than nutritional deficiency. Should symptoms not result from a deficiency, transdermal supplements may not make a difference regarding your ailment.

Our magnesium creams, lotions, spritzes, and food-grade flakes are soaked up through the skin and slowly released into the body to provide important dietary supplements that support health, boost immunity, and relieve muscular pain and skin problems.

  • Signs of magnesium deficiency may comprise cramping, tremors and muscle twitches. It appears that a lack of magnesium may trigger nerve dysfunction and even amplify mental concerns and anxiety in some sufferers due to excessive stress.
  • Although several factors generate osteoporosis and bone fractures, the risk may be worsened by magnesium deficiency. Though these are broad-based indicators, persistent mental and physical weariness or fragility may be an indication, especially if accompanied by muscle weakness and other symptoms. 

It will be worth your while to try our magnesium for chronic fatigue, since it has assisted many of our customers over the years … and they keep coming back for more.

How Much Do You Know About Magnesium for Adrenal Fatigue?

Some of the ways to maintain adrenal health would be to consume nutrient-dense proteins, fats and greens, and increase your magnesium intake to help lower inflammation and calm stress.

  • Magnesium for adrenal fatigue − or adrenal insufficiency − facilitates the regulation of cortisol levels to balance hormone production. Insufficient production of one or more required hormones may result from the stress of surgery or other fundamental health concern (often connected to hypothyroidism). Adrenal fatigue symptoms are fairly general and may involve extreme tiredness, insomnia; anxiety, nervous tension, feeling worn-out, and stomach problems. 
  • Evidence indicates that magnesium deficiency may escalate blood pressure and that nutritional supplements could positively impact sufferers. Magnesium deficiency is also linked to asthma and irregular heartbeat.
  • There are solutions to these problems, however. Increase your magnesium levels for sound nutrition, good health and a sense of well-being and recharge and relax with transdermal magnesium for sleep to help you relieve stress, depression and disquiet. 

Magnesium is employed by your body every second of every day. It propels your electrical system, connects your cells to energy and is required for numerous biological processes. Our products support a beautiful-looking, protected, well-conditioned and hydrated skin, as well as muscle and joint care.  They are a great magnesium delivery system, providing the body with plentiful access to high quality magnesium quickly.

What You Stand to Gain When You Use Elektra Magnesium

Give your body the magnesium it needs, but does not get from the food you eat. Reduce your stress levels, sleep better, give your skin and muscles some tender loving care – and do the same for your family. Purchase your supplement from Elektra Magnesium

Magnesium for Anxiety

Magnesium for Anxiety Treatment is Recommended by Various Studies

Over the years, there have been several studies into using magnesium for anxiety. It was concluded that while more trials are required to research magnesium and anxiety, there are encouraging signs that it assists with relaxation of the symptoms safely via its calcium antagonism and suppression of adrenalin production. In 2017, there was a review of 18 studies that suggested magnesium did provide anxiety relief. Since it helps with regulating neurotransmitters in the brain and energy metabolism, it promotes better mental health. 

Common Mistakes People Make Regarding Magnesium for Depression

Magnesium is essential in human health. Apart from depression, this super mineral assists with various diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, migraines and muscle repair, to name a few. Some people use it to assist with better sleep; however, in some instances, people make mistakes which renders the treatment useless. 

  • Only regular use of a magnesium supplement will demonstrate positive results. However, people eagerly follow a strict routine of taking magnesium in their initial period and then forget about the supplements. Perhaps it becomes a chore and those products that contain magnesium wind up at the back of the cupboard never to be used again. It’s essential to have a product containing magnesium that you would use every day because it is pleasant and enjoyable. 
  • (This paragraph deleted… Not correct regarding dietary magnesium… Can’t overdose and no contraindications.)
  • Overdosing on magnesium is almost impossible.  However, in certain cases, too much of the mineral ingested via gut could lead to diarrhoea or nausea. However, with transdermal use, the magnesium is just stored in the skin reservoir (epidermis) until it is needed by the body.  No surplus is absorbed inside the body, and therefore overdose is not possible this way.  It is very gentle and natural.  If you apply a high concentration pure magnesium oil, this can cause skin irritation, but can be diluted.  Our products are carefully designed and formulated to cater for many different skin types and needs, making our magnesium creams, lotion, and oil so easy and such a delight to use.  Just try different combinations until you find the right daily routine to suit your needs. It feels so good.  You don’t need to miss out on your daily magnesium!

What Sets Elektra Magnesium Apart Regarding Organic Massage Cream

We recognised the need for a product range that would be used often instead of being discarded after a few weeks. Hence, we used our innovation to produce a natural remedy with options such as a stress relief cream containing magnesium to be absorbed into your body to soothe and calm the muscles. 

  • All our products are natural. There are no harmful chemicals that affect your body negatively. While pure magnesium oil is transdermal magnesium, it leaves a sticky residue on the skin, making you feel uncomfortable. People with sensitive skin complain about a stinging sensation when applying the oil directly. We’ve worked our magic and designed products that are effective and provide a great feel and aroma. 
  • We source certified food grade magnesium chloride flakes, which are tested in Australia to show no signs of mercury or lead. We use these super flakes to produce luxurious magnesium-based skincare products, including different kinds of cream. These include a moisturiser which is gentle enough to be used on children and babies, a lotion for tense muscles and joints, the oil-spritz which is the strongest dose of magnesium, and the flakes which can be used in the bath or for re-mineralizing filtered drinking water with electrolyte charge. The different magnesium products can be combined to suit your individual requirements.
  • Our products have no borders. You can order them from anywhere around the world using our convenient online store. Apart from that, we have more than 300 retailers around Australia with distributors in the UK and the USA. 

About Elektra Magnesium

We’ve been operating since late 2008 and have thrived in the development of this most unique range of magnesium body care products, which help people live better lives. Magnesium is a wonder element – the Master Mineral – which the body requires in great amounts for energy metabolism.  We are so grateful to have found a way to provide this magical mineral supplement as a convenient skin and body care product. There’s no schedule to follow or unpleasant pills to take.  Simply apply the product to your skin daily as needed so magnesium can be absorbed by the body for its electrical supply and metabolic functions, and to support every organ system from brain to heart, liver, kidney and more.  Relax ~ Recharge ~ Recover.

In our tenth year, we were proud to receive the Best New Beauty Product award at the Natural and Organic Awards Asia. It was a show of faith in our line of products, which we’re excited to provide to improve the lives of people all around the world. Contact us for more information on our products and to find a magnesium solution for you.

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