Chelated Magnesium Sulfate
Sulfur and magnesium are two vital minerals that are usually deficient in most diets unless supplemented. They can be purchased as food supplements, although they will mostly likely be "pure", meaning that just the sulfur and the magnesium will be present but without all their necessary companion minerals. A simple, low-cost source of magnesium and sulfur with accompanying full-array minerals is garden fertilizer magnesium sulfate, or Epsom salts, as they are commonly known.

By itself, Epsom salts or magnesium sulfate is a good mineral supplement. Like any mineral, however, it performs best in the presence of an acid. When the mineral and the acid combine, it is referred to as a "chelate". Chelation makes both the mineral and the acid more bio-available.

You can make your own chelated supplement by mixing fertilizer grade Epsom salts with common organic acids found in the kitchen, such as emon juice or vinegar. You can slow cook it for a while and then mold it into pill forms (although this is not usually very satifactory) or you can mix it dry with a dry acid such as cream of tartar or citric or ascorbic acid and put it into gelatine capsules (UK). Unfortunately, the one thing you would have to be pretty determined to use as a method of consumption is to swallow it, because it tastes fairly terrible.

An excess of magnesium can cause a deficiency in calcium, and an excess of sulfur can cause a deficiency of phosphate. To balance the magnesium and sulfur, you should also take a supplement of calcium and phosphate. A good source of calcium and phosphate is powdered bone meal, so you may want to consider adding a little powdered bone meal to your magnesium sulfate supplement.

Magnesium and calcium both are absorbed better in the presence of Vitamin D, so taking a capsule of cod liver oil with your supplement will help them to work better in your body.

   To make a liquid that you will drink 

Mix 1 teaspoon of
garden-fertilizer grade Epsom salts and 1/4 teaspoon of bone meal powder in a glass of water. Add the juice of a lemon or 1/4 cup of malt vinegar, apple juice, whey, grape juice, wine, apple cider vinegar or over-sour kombucha. Stir or mix with a stick blender until dissolved and then drink. Drink once a day. If no laxative effect is observed, you can increase the amount of Epsom salts or the number of times you take this until it causes a laxative effect, and then reduce it to the amount that did not create a laxative effect.

 To make a dry powder that you will pack into gelatin capsules

1 cup of garden-fertilizer grade Epsom salts
1/4 cup of powdered bone meal
1/2 cup of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid),citric acid or cream of tartar powder

Mix all together in a glass bowl or jar, let sit overnight and pack into capsules.

 To make into a paste that you will form into pills 

Put 1 cup of fertilizer-grade Epsom salts and 1/4 cup of bone meal into a blender and pulse until it becomes a fine powder.

Transfer to a glass or ceramic bowl.
Add an acidic liquid such as whey, lemon juice, apple juice, vinegar, wine, real ale or grape juice until it becomes a thick paste. Cover tightly, set it in a slow cooker and let it cook on low heat overnight.

pread paste into molds.

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

Why garden fertilizer grade and not medical?  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 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. A little "extra added bonus" you will get from garden fertilizer epsom salts/magnesium sulfate is, because sulfur and selenium are very closely related and usually found together in nature, it is very likely that your garden grade epsom salts will contain some of this vital mineral that is frequently depleted in our soil and food.

Finding and identifying natural soil-based Epsom salts.
Synthesized and natural Epsom salts look alike and there is no legal requirement that the label must say if the Epsom salts are from natural or synthesized sources. In some countries there may be a requirement that certain "contaminants" (the companion minerals) are listed on the label. If a "contaminant" (such as magnesium oxide) is declared on the label, this would likely be an indicator that the Epsom salts are direct from the ground and have not been "purified". Garden fertilizer grade is most likely natural salts with its full array of companion minerals. This can be purchased from garden supply stores, possibly only in the Autumn when soils need to be fertilized with magnesium.

Heavy metals as trace elements
Any natural magnesium mined from the soil will contain trace elements such as 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.

Swallowing large pills. The molded pills are not going to be 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.

See also:
How I cured vertigo
My experience using magnesium oxide
Making your own chelated magnesium
Different kinds and sources of magnesium

 Your Body's Many Cries for Water by Fereydoon Batmanghelidj. This is a fascinating book. The author spent time in prison in Iran during Revolution, and saw a fellow-inmate doctor with no medicine cure many illnesses with just water.
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

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