Magnesium Chloride vs. Epsom Salts

Updated: Aug 2, 2019

Soaking in a magnesium bath isn’t a new concept.


People have flocked to natural sources of magnesium for thousands of years. And epsom salt baths are a well known home remedy for aches and pains.

If you’re familiar with epsom salt, you may assume that all magnesium salts are the same, with the same benefits. But, that’s not the case.

Magnesium comes in a variety of forms. Two of the common types in the magnesium supplement world are magnesium chloride (used in our Dead Sea magnesium products), and magnesium sulfate (epsom salts.)

Epsom Salts 

Epsom salts are not actually salts. Rather, they are a compound of magnesium and sulfur. (1) When used as a supplement, magnesium sulfate is quickly excreted by the kidneys, which makes it difficult for the body to properly absorb and use it. This rapid excretion is part of the reason why the positive effects of using epsom salts last only for a brief period.

Magnesium Chloride

Our magnesium bath flakes are made of magnesium chloride salt derived from the Dead Sea. In chloride form, magnesium is more easily absorbed by the body. (1) That means that soaking in a magnesium chloride bath provides your body with absorbable magnesium that provides lasting pain, anxiety and insomnia relief. 

According to the National Institute of Health, magnesium chloride flakes have 12% of magnesium available for absorption compared to 10% magnesium availability for epsom salts. And, to reap the therapeutic pain relieving benefits, you need a larger quantity of epsom salts in a bath than if you were to use magnesium chloride flakes. (2)

Supplementing with magnesium doesn’t do us any good if our bodies aren’t able to absorb and make use of the increased intake. If you’re making time for self care, and working to increase your magnesium intake, our magnesium bath flakes give you more bang for your buck. 

When it comes to our Dead Sea magnesium supplements, you can use less and enjoy longer lasting benefits!

And if you’re a long time epsom salt user? Give our flakes a try! We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee AND free shipping. We think you’ll be impressed by the difference you feel when switching to Dead Sea magnesium bath flakes.

Happy soaking!



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