Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a role in over 600 biochemical reactions in the body. In particular, it supports cardiovascular health and bone development, but did you know that magnesium can also help arthritis pain?
That’s right! Let’s take a look at how magnesium can help alleviate your arthritis symptoms.
How magnesium can help relieve arthritis
Magnesium is important for everyone, but especially for people with arthritis.
It strengthens bones; maintains nerve and muscle function, and helps to maintain joint cartilage.
Inflammation is one of the main symptoms and contributors to chronic joint pain. As joints become swollen, they also become very painful. Reducing the swelling helps to reduce the pain.
Magnesium has been shown to help fight inflammation by reducing markers such as CRP and interleukin-6. Insufficient magnesium intake is associated with increased joint pain.
It is estimated that only half of the American population get sufficient magnesium each day. Magnesium can be found in dark leafy greens, legumes, nuts and whole grains but many people do not get enough from their diet.
Outside of diet, Magnesium can be obtained through supplements, sprays and bathing salts.
Magnesium in Epsom Salts and transdermal Magnesium
When it comes to using magnesium for relief from arthritis symptoms, Epsom salts or transdermal magnesium are both great options.
They work by providing direct absorption of the mineral into the skin. Your body can absorb magnesium transdermally (through the skin) via sweat glands and hair follicles, although there is debate on exactly how much is absorbed this way.
Transdermal magnesium can come in the form of oils and patches. They are affordable and easy to use.
Bathing in Epsom Salts
Another great way to get relief from arthritis pain is by using Epsom Salts (aka magnesium sulfate). When dissolved into warm water, these salts release their soothing minerals into the bath water, allowing them to be easily absorbed through the skin.
This type of treatment has been used for centuries to relieve muscle tension and stiffness due to arthritis or other medical conditions. Epsom Salts get their name from the British town of Epsom where they were discovered.
The warm water also helps increase circulation which helps to reduce swelling and stiffness around painful joints.
Many people report that the combination of magnesium, heat, and relaxation relieves joint pain and swelling.
How to use Epsom Salts for arthritis
To use the Salts, add a cup to a warm bath, and bask as you soak for at least fifteen minutes. If you prefer to soak feet or hands, add a quarter cup to a bowl of warm water and relax!
Luxuriating in a warm bath soaking in some Epsom salts is one of the nicer ways to practice self-care during a arthritis flare.
It's an easy and affordable way to treat your body with kindness. When you live with a chronic pain condition, self care is not selfish, it's necessary.
Do not use Epsom Salts if you are diabetic or have kidney issues.