Updated: Jan 12, 2020
Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate, a mineral compound with dozens of uses
Epsom salt, named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate.
Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins, and may help ease migraine headaches.
Getting enough magnesium is essential for maintaining good health. Every cell in your body contains it and needs it to function optimally.
About 60% of the magnesium in your body is found in bone, while the rest is in muscles, soft tissues and fluids, including blood.
Magnesium is involved in more than 600 reactions in your body, including:
Energy creation: Helps convert food into energy.
Protein formation: Helps create new proteins from amino acids.
Gene maintenance: Helps create and repair DNA.
Muscle movements: Is part of the contraction and relaxation of muscles.
Nervous system regulation: Helps regulate neurotransmitters, which send messages throughout your brain and nervous system.
Magnesium plays a critical role in brain function and mood, and low levels are linked to an increased risk of depression.
Magnesium may help lower blood pressure.
Magnesium has been shown to help fight inflammation.
People with frequent migraines may have low magnesium levels. Some studies show that magnesium can provide relief from migraines.