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  • Why take magnesium?
    Magnesium is such a fundamental element to life that lack of this mineral can pose a wide array of problems in an organism. On the one extreme, life cannot survive without (as described in its essential role in DNA synthesis), but across this spectrum are a multitude of conditions from simply an existing (but inadequate) supply of magnesium to the body.
  • How does magnesium work?
    Magnesium plays at least four major roles in living organisms. Those include acting as cofactors in activating enzymes, acting as essential components in creating cellular energy, creating, repairing & protecting DNA, and regulating the concentration of other minerals in our bodies.
  • How is magnesium absorbed? Can it be absorbed through the skin?
    Magnesium is never absorbed on it’s own, but always in the form of a salt - where it exists as a Mg2+ charged ion. Think of this in the same way you never absorb pure sodium (which is explosive on contact with water in the pure metal form!), but rather, you absorb the sodium Na+ ion (like in sodium chloride table salt Na+Cl-). In the form of food, magnesium will often exist as part of proteins (amino acids), and they become detached and free floating magnesium ions once this food is broken down, usually by the acids in your stomach. It’s here that magnesium channels in the body are able to selectively uptake magnesium ions and truly “absorb” them into your body.
  • How often should the magnesium oil be used – and how many sprays?
    A general rule of thumb is a daily intake of magnesium of approximately 3-4 mg per pound of bodyweight. For a 200 lb male, this would equate to 600 mg to 800 mg per day. Since the average male takes in roughly 300mg of magnesium daily though their diet, the remaining amount could be made up with 20 sprays of magnesium oil per day.
  • What are the signs/symptoms of magnesium deficiency?
    Magnesium deficiency has been associated with a number of conditions and symptoms, including migraines, hypertension, cardiac palpitations, anxiety, infertility, muscle cramping, restless leg syndrome, and much more. For example, paramedics will administer magnesium intravenously to patients when they’ve observed cardiac issues or seizure activity (and entire 4 grams in just 3 minutes!).
  • Does this stain? If used before bed, will it stain the sheets?
    Our magnesium oil has been tested on fabrics and will wash out completely without leaving a trace. Before washing out, you may see what looks like a watermark where the magnesium oil was absorbed (on clothing or bedsheets for example). Even if left for a prolonged period, these watermark like spots will disappear with a simple wash.
  • Are there any added fragrances, colors, or additives?
    Absolutely not. The magnesium oil is actually without any scent, and as already described above, there is no need for any additives or preservatives to maintain the solution. Our magnesium oil has zero additives and retains all it’s natural trace minerals.
  • Why is your magnesium oil colored?
    Because our magnesium oil has zero additives and retains all it’s natural trace minerals - you see the natural honey coloured tinge in the solution conferred by this combination of trace minerals including sodium chloride (table salt), potassium chloride (a similarly sought out alternative to magnesium chloride) and magnesium sulphate (epsom salt). There is some natural variation among the exact percentages of the trace minerals between each batch of production, but the ratios stay approximately the same. We are always happy to provide the latest certificate of analysis to anyone interested in seeing the technical data from the inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry device used by third party certified analytical labs used to evaluate our magnesium oil.
  • Is it better to ingest magnesium?
    One of the most common side effects and major drawbacks with ingesting magnesium directly, as opposed to absorbing it topically, is the laxative effect that leads to diarrhea. You may also experience stomach discomfort, nausea, and even vomiting in extreme cases
  • Why does magnesium oil cause itching?
    Application of magnesium oil where the body’s cellular magnesium levels are low directly on to the skin may cause some itching or tingling, though this gradually disappears with time with the habitual application to the same spots of the magnesium oil.
  • Can magnesium oil be natural, organic, vegan, or cruelty free?
    Magnesium oil is technically made of magnesium chloride, an inorganic mineral (organic compounds must contain carbon atoms). Because it’s a mineral, magnesium oil is considered vegan since it’s not extracted for animals or animal buy products, nor is it tested on animals (cruelty free!). Our magnesium oil is not chemically treated to remove natural trace minerals found in seawater which we believe to be beneficial to our health and an essential part of the ocean source from which our magnesium oil comes from.
  • How is your magnesium harvested from the ocean?
    Step 1 - WATER COLLECTION We draw from the fast moving waters only at high tide from our own 2km stretch of private beach. Step 2 - FILTRATION Multiple stages of micro-filtration remove any impurities in the water while leaving the salt and healthy trace minerals for harvesting. Step 3 - CONCENTRATION Energy efficient pressure vessels boil the filtered sea water into a concentrated brine. Step 4 - FLAKE SEA SALT Concentrated brine is moved to shallow open evaporation tanks where it slowly transforms into beautiful pyramid crystals. Step 5 - FINE SEA SALT Concentrated brine is moved to deep kettles for a fast boil into finer flakes of exceptional purity. Step 6 - HAND PACKAGED A hand-harvested product deserves to be packaged with care, by hand.
  • How is our magnesium oil sustainable compared to other brands?
    Beach Labs is part of the circular economy - we believe in zero waste operation. Every part of the harvesting process produces usable by- products that eventually re-enter the environment. The sea salts like sodium chloride are packaged for use in Canada's top restaurants, the calcium is used as fertiliser in local farming fields, the fresh water enters the soil and joins the groundwater system, and the magnesium chloride is used to produce Element12 magnesium oil.
  • Can magnesium be a performance enhancer?
    For athletes that have to abide by strict regulations when it comes to the intake of performance enhancing compounds and doping, there is nothing to worry about in using magnesium oil. It is meant to aid in the soothing, recovery, and relaxation of muscles - exactly as many use it for - but does not provide any kind of performance enhancement in the athletic commission fair sportsmanship sense.
  • Can I use this if I am pregnant?
    As a rule of thumb, anytime a question like that even comes to mind, you always want to consult your doctor. With that said, magnesium oil is a very benign product (you cannot overdose on topical magnesium oil application) and it’s extremely unlikely a physician would recommend not using magnesium oil while pregnant.
  • Can children use this?
    Yes, children can use magnesium oil just the same as adults. Just remember to apply it topically (rub on your skin), and not consume it (it’s not for drinking). Since our magnesium oil is of such a high concentration, you may want to dilute it with some plain water for the first time application to reduce the chance of itchiness or tingling sensation.
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