Chelated Magnesium  & Mineral Supplement 
Chelation is the act of adding an organic acid to an inert mineral salt, making it more able for the body to use the minerals.

This process renders the inert mineral more bio-available to the body and prevents the need for the body to draw on its own resources in order to use the mineral. You should add a supplement of mixed minerals to your diet and, because magnesium is a mineral that is often in short supply in western diets, it is a good idea to add a source of magnesium along with other, full-array mixed minerals.

Common symptoms of magnesium deficiency are irritability, dizziness, leg cramps, urinary incontinence and erratic heartbeat. If you have any of these symptoms, you should try a magnesium supplement to see if that will help. When taking magnesium, or
any new supplement or even any new food, start with small amounts until you are sure your body is used to it or doesn't react to it, and then increase the amounts while using biofeedback --  how your body feels -- to determine an amount that is right for you. An overdose of magnesium can cause diarrhea. This isn't harmful as long as your drink a lot of water to make up what is lost, and then reduce the dosage of magnesium after the diarrhea is over.

You can either mix dry ingredients together and pack them into gelatin capsules, or mix wet and dry ingredients together and then form them into pills and let them dry to swallow whole as pills. If you choose to use all dry ingredients, be careful not to breathe in any powdered minerals. Minerals are good to eat but not to breathe.

Common acids you may have around the house or kitchen are:
Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) -- will chelate minerals to ascorbate form
Citric acid -- often used as a lime descaler, will chelate to citrate form
Cream of tartar -- will form tartaric acid when mixed with water.-- will chelate minerals to tartrate form
Barley malt -- used a source of sugar for home brewing, will provide some malic acid
Ground black pepper.

Malt vinegar -- malic acid -- will chelate minerals to malate form. Malic acid is also found in apple juice.
Whey -- lactic acid -- will chelate minerals to lactate form
Lemon juice -- another source of citric acid
Grape juice -- Tartaric acid is also found in grape juice.
Apple cider vinegar -- acetic acid -- will chelate minerals to acetate form
Over-sour kombucha -- acetic acid -- will chelate minerals to acetate form

Lactic acid is the main component of whey.
Whey is the thin liquid left over from the cultured cream cheese making process.

Commonly available mineral sources are:
Clay -- a good source for all mixed minerals. Green clays are mixed with seaweed so already have some acidic substances in them.
Powdered dolomite -- calcium and magnesium in a good proportion to each other
Magnesium oxide -- if you have bought inexpensive magnesium pills, they are probably made of magnesium oxide. Magnesium oxide is a very harsh type of magnesium and it is not recommended to take in the long term, but the pills can be ground into a powder in a blender and chelated and then used.
Nigari -- this is a magnesium salt used in making tofu
Dirt -- a moist, brown dirt already has some very useful acids like humic and fulvic in it. If your dirt is dry and grey, however, it is probably most inert and can benefit from being chelated.
Ashes -- a good source of mixed minerals, many of which will not need as much chelating as will minerals salts from rocks because they have already gone through an organic process.
Magnesium carbonate -- a powder, sometimes used for cosmetics.
Chalk labelled as "hand drying" -- commonly found in gymnastic venues. A good source of magnesium.
Epsom salts -- Also known as magnesium sulfate, these are a good source of magnesium.

Avoid breathing any kind of powdered rock dust.

Methods of combining are:
Mixed together dry and packed into a capsule
Mixed together dry and mixed in a liquid to swallow
Mix a dry mineral into a liquid acid and swallow
Mix a dry mineral into a liquid acid and allow to evaporate until thick. Pack into mold and allow to dry until firm, then remove from mold. Swallow with water or other liquid.

To combine a dry acid and dry mineral to put in pills
Mix about 2 parts powdered or crystalline mineral with 1 part dry acid.
Add a separate magnesium source that is anywhere from 1/20 to equal the amount of other minerals.
Mix well or put through blender
Let sit for a week
Pack into gelatin capsules.

To combine a dry acid and dry mineral to mix in liquid to swallow
Mix about 2 parts powdered or crystalline mineral with 1 part dry acid
Add a separate magnesium source that is anywhere from 1/20 to equal the amount of other minerals.
Mix well or put through blender
Let sit for a week
Add a spoonful of the mixture to a glass of water or juice
Add sweetener to taste if desired
If fizzing occurs, wait until the fizzing stops or wait a few minutes before swallowing
Stir to be sure powdered parts are distributed throughout liquid.
Start with small sips to be sure  no gas forms in the stomach.

To combine a liquid acid and a dry mineral to swallow.

Add about a tablespoon of dry mineral to a quarter cup of liquid acid, such as a tablespoon of clay or gym chalk into a quarter cup of whey or apple juice. Allow liquid to finish fizzing if a fizz occurs, or wait a minute before adding water or juice to the mixture to swallow.
To combine a liquid acid and a dry mineral to mold into pills:
Mix the liquid acid(s) and mineral together. If mineral is in a bulky or pill form, such as with magnesium oxide pills, put it in a blender and set on high until finely crushed or pureed.
et in a slow cooker and allow to evaporate until thickened.
Put into plastic molds to dry.

Let sit undisturbed until pills have dried in the mold and can be easily popped out. (A week to a month.) Store as you would any mineral supplements, in a jar in a cool, dry place.

. Notes 

Plastic Molds  I used empty plastic bubble pill containers that medicine comes in, peeling off as much of the aluminum cover as possible. If you don't know anyone who has any of these, you could ask for them on Freecycle and link to this page to illustrate what you are looking for. Nursing home probably throw away a lot of them. I have seen one on ground as litter.
If you cannot get any kind of mold, put mix into plastic ice cube trays and when it has dried, run it through the blender to powder it and then pack into empty gelatin capsules. (See Amazon ad at bottom of page for ordering empty gelatin capsules and a capsule-filling machine.)

Finding/Choosing a Source of Minerals -- See Magnesium to learn about different types of magnesium and their sources. Any magnesium that is food or pharmaceutical grade will be refined, heated, mixed with sulfuric acid, extracted etc. so that it is "pure". If you want an impure, all-natural source of magnesium fresh from the rocks it came from with all its companion and trace minerals, you will have to get something that is not made for or intended as food. Some common items that are natural and contain a good ratio of magnesium to calcium and other trace minerals are chalk, dolomite powder and pure talc (talcum powder). Whatever you choose, make sure it has no additives, perfumes or dyes.

Remember that magnesium is a laxative and diuretic because of how it reacts with water, and some combinations may create a product that is as strong as a medicine. If you experiment with mineral chelates, test it by taking a small amount, perhaps cutting a pill in half, at first, and then increasing the dose until you find one that is right for you.

. Variations 
Iodine -- I have added Lugol's iodine to the thick paste, before setting it into molds, and I have put a drop of iodine on the dried and hardened pills. Both worked fine.
Cod Liver Oil --  I have mixed cod liver oil. This makes it take a little longer to dry but a little easier to swallow. The Vitamin D works well with minerals, so I think this is a useful enhancement, although it probably doesn't do much if you're hoping to make chewables.
Ascorbic Acid -- I added a tablespoon of powdered ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) to one of the chalk and whey batches in the hopes that some magneiusm ascorbate would be produced along with the magnesium lactate. The pills turned brown, indicating some kind of transformation, and I take them every day with no ill effect and the positive effects I expect from magnesium supplementation, so I assume that, at worst, it didn't hurt and, at best, it may have increased the bio-availabllity of the minerals by adding to its complexity.
Cream of Tartar --  I also added 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar to the batch with the ascorbic acid. As I said, the batch turned golden brown but was otherwise fine. I don't know if the changing color indicates that any particular reaction had taken place.
Trace Minerals like selenium are widespread in the ground, if in very small amounts. The best place to get earth for this would be under tall trees in the woods whose leaves are left to rot on the ground. (Trees bring up minerals from underground with the roots, and deposit them in their leaves). You could take the leaves that are turning to mulch on the topsoil, dry and grind further into a finer powder to have a mixed mineral supplement that is already chelated..

. Issues 

Swallowing large pills. These pills are not going to be small or easy to swallow. Magnesium is a lightweight, but bulky, mineral. Part of the reason why we have magnesium deficiencies is that magnesium is often just left out of multi-nutrient formulations because it takes up so much space. Have plenty of liquid on hand in case the pill(s) get stuck. I have dipped them in a thick gelatin to make them easier to swallow. You can also drop them in a small amount of liquid, or put a few drops of liquid on them, and let them soak for awhile before swallowing. Lean back while swallowing and then tip head backwards if necessary.

Clay and Malt Vinegar. In my early trials, I made a batch of pills using French green clay and malt vinegar as the ingredients. I then tested them by taking 3 pills at once. The result was an extreme laxative reaction that would have been excellent if I had wanted a colon cleanse. No harm done (it only lasted 2 hours and I felt quite good afterwards, actually), but that's the reason I recommend testing new ingredients with small doses at first. I continue to take one of clay malate pills every day with no ill effect. The incident makes me suspect that malt vinegar (malic acid) may be one of the better organic acids to use -- and I have read elsewhere that magnesium malate is considered a very bio-available form of the mineral -- but I haven't tried it again since because I don't like the smell while it is cooking in the crockpot, and it draws the flies in from across the neighborhood, as if it were the very smell of life itself to them.

Taste Magnesium can be very bitter, so you would be well advised to choose to pack it in gelatin capsules rather than mix in liquid.
Testing Results -- One would need a science lab to do that, which I don't have in my kitchen. I just make the pills and hope that chelation has taken place. If anybody has access to a lab and can make the pills and then test them, I'd love to hear what results they get.

 Cure Tooth Decay  by Ramiel Nagel
Salt: 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.
Our Earth Our Cure: A Handbook of Natural Medicine for Today by Raymond Dextreit.
The Roots of Disease by Robert Kulacz About the connection between tooth decay and disease

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