cured vertigo by taking 1200 mgs of magnesium oxide a day and drinking
lots of water. (See How I Cured Vertigo).
Magnesium oxide is okay for a short term to correct a deficiency in
magnesium, but not good as a long term source.
I needed to find a magnesium
that was natural, healthy
and suited my lifestyle. This page is the information I found while I
was researching that question.
comes from many sources, including clay, dolomite, epsom salt, chalk,
nigari and dead sea salt. Add it to liquid and drink, or make it into a
pill form. Deficiency symptoms include erratic heartbeat,
leg cramps, irritability and muscle weakness.
Calcium and magnesium
balance each other, and an excess
of one will cause a deficiency of the other. It is suspected that a
cause of magnesium deficiency symptoms is eating food that has been
"fortified" or "enriched" with calcium, but not adding the vital
magnesium to go with it.
Magnesium is refined
artificially to make it "purer". There may be exceptions but, in
general, any food or nutritional supplement that says magnesium on it
will be made with refined magnesium. To get unrefined magnesium
straight from the ground that still has its companion and trace
minerals with it, you have to get something that is not made for human
consumption, such as chalk, gardening lime or road de-icer, and make it
into a nutrional supplement yourself. Refined magnesium is
added to our food, medicine and
vitamin pills while natural magnesium is used as chalk and road
additive E504 is magnesium carbonate, which can be either mined
naturally or created chemically. Food manufacturers who add magnesium
carbonate to their food are required to label it with its e-number
because it has a laxative effect, but there is no requirement to
specify whether it came from natural or artificial sources.
carbonate is sold in gyms and athletic supplies as
hand-gripping chalk. Also called magnesite.
Magnesium chloride is sold as Nigari to make tofu. NIgari is either refined or natural. They both come
from sea water. The refined means it was bleached and cooked. "Pure" or
"food grade" nigari will be refined, although it may still claim to be
"natural" or "from sea water". It may be the only way
to determine which is which is to look to see if the seller has a long
paragraph explaining about their nigari. Those who choose to sell
"impure" or "contaminated" nigari will know its true value and will
want to talk about it.
chloride is also sold in pet stores as an additive
for coral reef aquariums, with such names as MagFlake, aquarium sea
salt, reef advantage magnesium, Instant Ocean or H2Ocean Pro.
Never Breathe In Any
Kind of Rock Powder
Sources of Magnesium
-- = magnesite = magnesium carbonate
(bentonite powder) --You
can buy it from a Health Food supplier
or dig it up yourself. Add it to food and
beverages or can be used topically as a mudpack.
Salt -- 33%
magnesium. retail sources use mud from
Dirt -- has absorbable minerals in
correct proportion for the human
body. Dig some up, put it in a paper bag and keep it for a year to
sterilize it without heating it. After that, strain it through a fine
sieve to get out the pebbles and add it to food and beverages.
lime, magnesium lime
or Dolomite -- Considered a superiour source. Take as
a supplement. Mix with water or add to food. Sometimes
in garden supply stores in late summer when vegetables need extra
magnesium. Best absorbed if taken on an empty
stomach and/or with betaine HCl if necessary.
Epsom salts -- magnesium sulfate.
Tastes vile but fortunately it
doesn't absorb well when
eaten so you don't have to eat it. More appropriate for soaking. Used
to treat asthma.
Magnesia -- Magnesium hydroxide, antacid and
laxative. Not a
good source for long-term internal use, but ok to improve magnesium
levels as a short-term remedy. Can be made into magnesium bicarbonate
(good) by mixing with carbonated liquid (i.e., seltzer water or
Nigari -- Magnesium chloride. Used to make
can be ordered online from either Japanese or Chinese specialty or
suppliers. Also sold as bath flakes. Main ingredient in "magnesium
oil". What's left after sodium is taken out of
salt water. An
excellent source of magnesium but tastes terrible.
Nigari has been used for hundreds years in Japan and China. Nigari is
composed mainly of magnesium chloride, but also contains other minerals
found in seawater
Sea water --
after it has
evaporated for a while, the first crystallization will be of sodium. If
this is skimmed off, the remaining water will be very high in
magnesium. This is basically the process used in making nigari.
Soapstone -- Mostly talc and rich in
magnesium. The marking chalk of
sewing (tailor's chalk).
Magnesium silicate. Talcum powder is crushed rock and a source of
magnesium. Just be careful not to breathe it in when working with it.
It is not soluble in water, but it is slightly soluble in dilute acids.
sources of magnesium:
Magnesium fumarate (AntaPlus MgF
100), magnesium propionate (AntaPlus
MgP) and magnesium acetate (AntaPlus MgA) are "highly-available for the
animal due to the organically bound magnesium and consequently
effective without delay"
Types of Magnesium
• Magnesium acetate -- found in
calcium magnesium acetate, a rock salt used as a de-icing agent and
added to magnesium supplements for a vegetarian source of magnesium.
Highly bio-available, given as a feed supplement to farm animals. Oral
ascorbate -- a buffered form of Vitamin C, available as a supplement in
tablet form. Oral
• Magnesium aspartate --
especially protective therapy against cardiac infarction; has a
• Magnesium carbonate -- Occurs
naturally but can also be
synthesized. Often called chalk. Magnesite is the natural form of
magnesium carbonate. Not soluble in water so is added to salt to keep
it free-flowing. As a food additive it is known as E504 because it
can have a laxative effect. As an e-number it is usually
artificially produced. Gymnasts' hand grip chalk is natural magnesite in powder form. As with any fine
powder, care should be taken not to inhale. Competitive weight-lifting
supply outlets will have the most pure, high quality grade chalk.
• Magnesium chloride -- an
electrolyte replenisher and for
removing waste products such as potassium and urea, as well as free
water from the blood when the kidneys are incapable. used in fish
tanks, may be found in
aquarium pet stores. (add iodine to make a claimed cancer cure), the
chloride will be
used by the body to make stomach acid (Hcl).Oral
• Magnesium citrate -- good but irritating,
a saline laxative used for bowel evacuation before diagnostic
procedures or surgery of the colon. thrombosis-inhibiting effect. Recommended for
fumarate -- Highly
bio-available, given as a supplement to farm animals.
• Magnesium gluconate -- recommended
easily absorbed. Oral
• Magnesium glycinate -- an
amino acid chelate. easily
absorbed. Good for people with heavy metal poisoning such as mercury if
taken for a short term but may cause cardiac arhythmias if taken for
long periods. Discontinue if heartbeat becomes irregular. Oral
• Magnesium hydroxide -- on the
bottom of a limewater
reservoir. caustic, Milk of Magnesia. The solid
mineral form of magnesium hydroxide is known as brucite. Mag hydroxide
as milk of magnesia can be made into magnesium bicarbonate by mixing it
with carbonated water (seltzer). Since ale is carbonated water, it
should work with fermenting, too.
• Magnesium lactate -- easily
• Magnesium malate -- very good, the
malate part is good for
the Krebs Cycle of the body. Malate may be good for ridding the body
of aluminum. Used for fibromyalgia and body
building. Recommended for neuralgia. Oral
• Magnesium orotate (dihydrate) --
easily absorbed. is considered a superior form.
Orotates are the mineral salts of orotic acid (vitamin B13,
manufactured in the body by intestinal flora.) Longterm therapy
against cardia infarction. Transports the magnesium atom to the
membranes of the cell. Orotic acid is found in root vegetables and
• Magnesium oxide -- Inorganic, some
recommend it is not to be
taken internally, though it is the most likely
form that will be prescribed by an allopathic MD
for a low magnesium
diagnosis. It is very poorly
absorbed. It primarily
functions as a laxative.
Magnesium peroxide -- potentially damaging tissues
• Magnesium propionate -- Highly bio-available, given as a
supplement to farm animals.
• Magnesium silicate -- white powder practically
insoluble in water. talcum powder,
soapstone, French chalk powder.
• Magnesium stearate -- contains stearic acid, an 18 carbon
long saturated fat, metabolized to oleic acid (the monounsaturated fat
found in olive oil) Bad mouthing magnesium stearate is nothing more
than a sales pitch.
• Magnesium tartrate -- may help
prevent calcium oxalate cystal formation. Oral
• Magnesium succinate - Oral
• Magnesium sulphate -- Epson Salts
-- used as a laxative. Not
absorbed orally but can have an antibiotic effect. Some absorbtion
topically. more appropriate for
soaking. Excess use of magnesium sulphate will also cause a boron
• Magnesium taurate -- once said to be the best form of
Make Your Own Magnesium Supplements
you are experiencing symptoms of magnesium deficiency, probably any
type of magnesium, even the bad ones, will help, but after you are no
longer suffering a magnesium deficiency-related condition, you need to
think about what type of magnesium to take to maintain that. Magnesium
is said to be either "natural" or "synthetic", but the distinction
between the two isn't always clear and there is no help to be obtained
from any government label regulations. Because there is no public
demand for clarity, the government goes along with industry demands for
designations, which are sometimes difficult to interpret.
or any powdered mineral, can be added to a diluted acid to form a more
bioavailable form of that mineral.
Common suitable kitchen acids are lactic acid
(whey), citric acid (lemon juice) and acetic
acid (vinegar). If you mix a powdered mineral with each of them, it
will react with the minerals to form, respectively, a
lactate, citrate or acetate form of that mineral. More formation of the
acid form of the mineral will be achieved if mix is treated with low,
prolonged heat such as in a slow cooker. Additionally,
minerals can be added to a fermenting beverage to form a mineral
Mix magnesium chloride with
castor oil and apply to soles of feet or any place that has discomfort
Mix magnesium sulfate (Epsom
salts) with lard or coconut oil and apply topically. (Store in fridge)
and magnesium sources : (crush in
blender if not fine
Chalk, Talc, French Chalk Powder,
Epsom Salts , Powdered Dolomite or Dolomite Lime, French Green Clay,
To apply topically, add to bath or mix with any thickening agent, apply
to skin and cover.
To drink as a liquid, add to the liquid, stir and drink.
4 mgs. of elemental magnesium of a highly bioavailable magnesium such
as magnesium citrate per pound of body weight, accompanied by a B
vitamin source such as brewers' yeast or liver.
Food Sources of Magnesium
germ; unmilled grains such as whole wheat and brown rice;
pumpkin, sunflower, and other seeds; cocoa; chocolate; unblanched
almonds and filberts; rice bran; beans; lentils; tofu; spinach;
halibut; and mackerel.
Oxalic acid in vegetables such as
spinach and chard and phytic acid in
some grains may form insoluble salts with magnesium, causing it to be
eliminated rather than absorbed.
• Doesn't this contain lead?
Any natural magnesium mined from the soil
contain trace elements of lead, as does soil The only lead-free
source of magnesium will be artificially manufactured in the lab. The
presence of lead in magnesium is mostly made an issue of by people
selling processed magnesium. Lead is most likely a trace element that
we need in minute amounts from an organic source and is only toxic when
it is taken in in large amounts from inorganic sources.
• Magnesium oil is magnesium
chloride reduced from salt water
to at least a 25% concentration, which will have a slightly oily feel
to it. Commercial magnesium
oil is usually magnesium chloride mixed with some oil to dilute it.
• At one time, magnesium chloride was used as an antibiotic.
• Enteric coating on any magnesium supplement (to make it
easier to swallow) can decrease bioavailability.
• Garden lime or pickling lime (same
thing) -- is calcium hydroxide or garden lime.
magnesium but in less than the desired 2:1 ratio. OK to eat but not
enough magnesium. A good choice to add to
food if you are supplementing with magnesium pills but not taking any
extra calcium, as it will have all the other natural minerals that both
minerals need to function properly. This dissolves well in water and
can be added to food or beverage. Can be added to fermented pickles but
remember to use enough salt and ideally a starter from a previous batch
because it sweetens the ferment making it more desirable to unwanted
• Once upon a time there was a
government study that
showed that stearic acid reduced the immune response. It had all the
usual flaws of government studies, but there are those who claim that
magnesium stearate is bad for you based on the study.
Orally-consumed magnesium is often less
effective because the body tends to eliminate it quickly, whereas
topically applied magnesium is absorbed
directly into muscles and other tissues. Another advantage to
topical application is that the body
seems to know how much to absorb, and it appears to adjust its rate of
absorption depending upon its immediate needs.
• Magnesium is a muscle relaxant,
while calcium is a muscle constrictor.
You should consume about 2 parts calcium to each part magnesium you
supplement. The easiest way to
do this is through natural sources of magnesium such as powdered
dolomite, clay or brine sea salt that have the correct proportion. The best way is to get it from plant
sources with bromelain added. A reasonable compromise is to do a little
of both. An ideal situation would be to fertilize your garden with
powdered dolomite (also known as dolomite lime) and grow your own food
• Decreases in magnesium intake have been more prevalent in
diets with the addition of supplemental calcium and refined or
processed carbohydrate foods.
• Magnesium requires an acidic
stomach environment for best
so taking it between meals or at bedtime is recommended. The acid in
our stomach is hydrochloride so any mineral with chloride in its name
will help make stomach acid.
• Meals high in
protein or fat or a regular diet high in phosphorus or calcium (which
can compete with magnesium) may decrease magnesium
• Natural nigari is extracted
water by removing most
or all of the sodium chloride and water. It contains primarily
magnesium chloride plus all the other salts and trace minerals
naturally found in sea water, as well as twigs, sand, plankton, organic
matter, etc. Japanese nigari is usually synthesized, Chinese production
of nigari continues to be
• Food grade magnesium chloride made
in the U.S. is produced
from the reaction between hydrochloric acid and magnesium.
is a form of magnesium, and may be a good form of
magnesium for all I know, as long as you don't breathe it in, which is
true of any rock powder. I'm not going to recommend it here because of
its issues, but I
mention it in case someone says that other forms of
magnesium like talc or soapstone are similar to asbestos. It is in fact
true. I don't think it's a big deal, but don't breathe it. Talcum
powder was also found to cause cancer in test animals forced to breathe
it in 6 hours a day.
• Gypsum -- is calcium. It's okay to
eat but it's not
magnesium (that is, it contains some magnesium but not enough to be
suitable for supplementation.)
Quicklime and Slaked Lime -- actually are magnesium but dangerous.
Quicklime is produced by burning rock limestone in kilns. It is highly
caustic. Quicklime reacts
with water to produce slaked, or hydrated, lime, thus quicklime is
spread around the land in heaps to absorb rain and form slaked lime,
which is then spread on the soil. Their use is prohibited by organic
Deficiency and Sudden Death Syndrome
Pond and Pet Supplies
What are Epsom
to Make Calcium Citrate From Egg Shells
Conditions That May Result from Low Magnesium Levels
Rough guide to
information on this site is provided for
purposes only and if followed is done so solely on the initiative of
Traditions by Sally Fallon
Body's Many Cries for Water by Fereydoon
Batmanghelidj. This is a fascinating book. The
author is a doctor who spent time in
prison in Iran during the Revolution. Having no medicine, he cured many
of the illnesses of his fellow-inmates with just water.
by Ramiel Nagel
Your Way To Health by Dr. David Brownstein. A good book for those
who have been told by their doctor to cut down on salt because of high
blood pressure, and why natural sea salt is good for you.