The positive benefits of Magnesium in Sports

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Magnesium in Sport

“Magnesium is the single most important mineral to sports nutrition”

Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P)

Magnesium is one of the most important minerals in the human body. The mineral plays a crucial and unmatched role in the minute by minute functions of the body to such an extent that insufficient levels of the mineral can lead to a break down in the body systems as we know them. For the effective functions of the various organs and systems in the body, magnesium has to be well supplied on a day-to-day basis to ensure that every day the body has enough support. Any day the body is not supplied with enough magnesium might have some negative consequences.[1]


The use of magnesium for athletic performance can make the difference between winning and losing on a regular basis, thus magnesium nutrition is an area that no serious athlete or sports medicine practitioner can afford to overlook. Despite magnesium’s pivotal role in energy production and sports performance, many coaches and athletes remain critically unaware of its critical importance in maintaining health and performance.[2]


Magnesium deficiency reduces metabolic efficiency, increases oxygen consumption and heart rate required to perform work, all things that would take the edge off of athletic performance (not to mention carrying out the functions of normal life). The last thing any trainer or sports doctor wants to see is their athletes lose their competitive edge. Not performing to full capacity because of the lack of a mineral like magnesium is simply not an option for winners. Athletic endurance and strength performance increases significantly when a large amount of magnesium is supplemented.[3]

“Transdermal magnesium therapy is ideal for pain management. The combination of heat and magnesium chloride increases circulation and waste removal. The therapeutic effect of magnesium baths is to draw inflammation out of the muscles and joints. Magnesium chloride, when applied directly to the skin, is transdermally absorbed and has an almost immediate effect on pain.”

Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P)

Heavy exercise and sweating

When we sweat, we lose more than just water. Other components of sweat include electrolytes, principally sodium and magnesium. Loss of magnesium by sweating takes place at an accelerated pace when there is a failure in sweat homeostasis, a situation, which arises when exercise is made in conditions of damp atmosphere and high temperature.[4]


Sports Injuries & Transdermal Magnesium Therapy

“Transdermal magnesium chloride mineral therapy enhances recovery from athletic activity or injuries.”

Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P)


Injury is an almost inevitable part of an athlete’s life. It may take the form of an acute ligament tear or be as mild as post-exercise muscle soreness. If you are like most athletes, you want to heal naturally from your injury and do so in record time.

Dr. Jeff Schutt says that hamstring injuries can be avoided through nutritional support because contraction and relaxation are dependent on adequate cellular levels of magnesium. “A shortened hamstring is a result of lack of available magnesium,” he says. Liquid magnesium chloride can be simply sprayed and rubbed into a sore Achilles tendon to decrease swelling. And soaking the feet in a magnesium chloride footbath is the single best thing – apart from stretching – that you can do to protect yourself from or recover from hamstring and other injuries.[5]


Sports Massage[6]

“Having one’s massage therapist use the magnesium oil is Nirvana for athletes.”

Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P)

Sports massage is excellent as a pre-event rubdown or for post-event recovery to sooth the aches and pains caused by physical exertion. A restorative or rehabilitative sports massage during training helps the athlete train harder or nurse a sports injury back to health. Imagine if magnesium oil is used instead of massage oils how much more dramatic will be the results.

Magnesium sports massage increases flexibility and muscle tone and therefore reduces the risk of injury. Other benefits are: breakdown of scar tissue after injury, improved blood circulation and oxygenation, and providing general relaxation and reduced stress. Athletes recovering from injuries will find that magnesium massage will speed up their return to competition.

Even non-athletes, people who are active either through work or “play”, tend to become hurt or sore. These individuals are in need of a massage modality that will enable them to maintain their active lifestyle and recover faster. A Magnesium sports massage on a regular basis will assist with the body’s natural recovery process, thus speeding up healing as well as helping to prevent future injuries for those sore and stiff muscles.

A typical treatment of sports injuries includes massage, gentle rhythmical movements (harmonics), stretching, and articulatory and manipulative techniques. Emphasis is placed on increasing the range of movement, decreasing muscle tension, and improving circulation of the blood vessels and lymphatic system. The effect of this is to decrease swelling and pain, thereby enhancing the body’s self-healing process.

Note: Always apply magnesium oil, before touching or putting ice on an injury. The first thing we want rushing to any area of pain and inflammation is magnesium.


Adequate magnesium levels will help an athlete’s body against fatigue, heat exhaustion, blood sugar control, and metabolism. It also offers part of the secret why athletes often die young – magnesium levels in tissue analysis of athletes who have heart attacks are usually very low while mercury levels are often very high.


“For fitness, we’ll look at preventing muscle cramps and fatigue. And how magnesium can dramatically boost energy levels, reduce fatigue and improve the quality of your sleep!”

Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD., N.D.


If you are interested in more – here are two books, I definitely can recommend:

  • Book “The Magnesium Miracle” by Dr. Carolyn Dean: Dr. Carolyn Dean, a leading expert in Magnesium with over 30 books & 110 kindles on the life-changing benefits of magnesium
  • Book: “Transdermal Magnesium Therapy” by Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P): Mark A. Sircus Ac., OMD, is director of the International Medical Veritas Association (IMVA). Dr. Sircus was trained in acupuncture and oriental medicine at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Sante Fe, N.M., and in the School of Traditional Medicine of New England in Boston. He served at the Central Public Hospital of Pochutla, in Mexico, and was awarded the title of doctor of oriental medicine for his work. He was one of the first nationally certified acupuncturists in the United States. Dr. Sircus’s IMVA is dedicated to unifying the various disciplines in medicine with the goal of creating a new dawn in healthcare.







[1] Book: “Magnesium – The Miracle Mineral Everybody Needs” by Elisa Howard Chapter 1, p. 5

[2] Book: “Transdermal Magnesium Therapy” by Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P); page 208

[3] Book: “Transdermal Magnesium Therapy” by Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P); page 209

[4] Book: “Transdermal Magnesium Therapy” by Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P); page 214

[5] Book: “Transdermal Magnesium Therapy” by Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P); page 216, 217

[6] Book: “Transdermal Magnesium Therapy” by Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P); page 217, 218


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Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This information is for educational purpose only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.


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