Magnesium Sulfate Decreases Bloating, Regulates Blood Sugar And Other Health Benefits

Magnesium sulfate supplements are over the counter medication that can be taken to treat magnesium deficiency. The chemical compound MgSO4 is a combination of magnesium and oxygen. Magnesium enables 325 biochemical reactions in the body as it is the fourth most present mineral in the body.

It is consumed in mixture form orally by mixing in eight ounces of water, however, the capsules must be consumed directly without chewing, according to Dr Axe. One gram of magnesium in four doses is also given intravenously over six hours to treat mild deficiency, but five grams is given over three hours to treat severe deficiency, according to the current medical protocol.

Read on to know the benefits of magnesium sulfate.

Enhances Skin

Epsom salt is another form of magnesium sulfate that is used by dissolving in bathwater to be supposedly absorbed by the skin. Alternatively, it can be smeared on the skin as a cosmetic. Hair conditioning, moisturizers, sunscreens, anti-aging creams, and even shampoos are used with magesium sulfate as an ingredient. There is no statistical evidence to say that epsom salt is better absorbed than the supplement, but there are a few people who are of the opinion and use it regularly.

Relieves Asthma 

Sometimes, magnesium is taken as a supplement to treat asthma as it relaxes the heart muscles and improves the lung capacity and function. Also, magnesium sulfate is given intravenously or via an inhaler to treat unexpected asthma attacks. Magnesium sulfate stops the release of chemicals that cause inflammation, histamine and muscle spasms, and it also calms the nerves and eases the receptors. 

Decreases Bloating

Magnesium sulfate capsules have the ability to reduce bloating and reduce water retention, by flushing out excess salt and fluids from the body. It reduces inflammation as a result of the reverse water osmosis. 

Regulates Sugar

Magnesium deficiency is said to be prevalent among people suffering from insulin resistance. High blood glucose can further stimulate magnesium loss through the urine. The deficiency of this mineral is associated with metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure and muscular issues. 

Relieves Pain

Soaking in epsom salt relieves muscle spasms, joint pain, reduces aches as a result of arthritis and overall inflammation can be brought down around the joints. Targeting the body part writhing with pain by soaking in epsom salts can improve movement of the area, and relieve stiffness or cramps. Foot pain and restless leg syndrome associated with poor sleep can also come down through this technique. 

Magnesium deficiency can cause depression and anxiety, but soaking in magnesium can calm the system and relieve stress. 

Relieves Constipation

Magnesium sulfate is an effective laxative, used to induce bowel movement when suffering from constipation. Magnesium sulfate powder mixed in water does the trick from 30 minutes to about six hours or so. Sodium sulfate, potassium sulfate, and magnesium sulfate combinations cleanse the colon to prepare for a colonoscopy. 

Treats Seizures in Pregnant Women

Magnesium sulfate is given intravenously to help pregnant women who develop seizures from preeclampsia and also seizures associated with eclampsia. 


Stick to a dosage less than 500 mg to avoid any side effects such as diarrhea, indigestion, rectal bleeding, drowsiness, allergy and edema. It can interfere with other medication as well, such as for thyroid, antibiotics, and tetracycline drugs. Pregnant women should not take it beyond five to seven days as the fetus might develop poor bone structure.  

Epsom Salt The chemical name of Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate. It relieves tension and eases pain in sore muscles. Photo courtesy of Sophie Addison