The word “integument” refers to the massive organ system commonly referred to as Skin and all its integral layers, such as the dermis, epidermis, fascia, myofascia, and adipose tissues.
Magnesium modulates insulin signal transduction and cell proliferation and is important for cell adhesion and transmembrane transport of other metal ions, including transport of potassium and calcium. It also maintains the conformation of nucleic acids and is essential for the structural function of proteins and mitochondria. These are some of the universal attributes that carry into fascia and myofascia as well as dermis and epidermis cellular structure and function.
Transdermal (through the skin) application of magnesium is fast becoming recognized as the most effective delivery method (after intravenous ) for magnesium supplementation, with the order of effectiveness being foot soak and tub soak for significant intracellular increase and mild supplemental increase from topical spray, anointing or massage. When magnesium is applied transdermally, local vasodilation occurs and allows for the rapid delivery of magnesium to sore muscular tissues for quick, spot-specific relief.
The concept of transdermal application of medicine is not new. Various transdermal “patches” used medically include the use of nicotine, hormone therapy and treatments, sleeping aids, etc. to utilize the skin and underlying blood stream to deliver prescription medications at controlled doses. Indigenous and traditional medicinal practices involve the use of poultices, creams, and oils to stimulate various healing processes. Transdermal magnesium uses the same delivery methods to benefit the cells without the digestive upset ingested magnesium can cause.
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