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Magnesium chloride: properties, uses, doses, benefits and contraindications. From side effects to the virtues of magnesium chloride.
Those who want to make the most of the beneficial properties of magnesium can introduce start using the so-called epsom salts. The epsom salt is a magnesium salt, precisely "magnesium sulfate heptahydrate", that is a magnesium salt in which the crystals are prismatic, acicular in shape and incorporate 7 molecules of water (this is why "heptaHydrate"). Epsom salt is also known as bitter salt and is most often used in conjunction withmagnesium chloride.
Magnesium chloride, properties
Due to its properties, in China, magnesium chloride (called Lushui) is used for the preparation of baby milk. In Japan, magnesium chloride is marketed asNigari(comes from the Japanese word Amaro) and is composed of a mixture of magnesium chloride and magnesium sulfate heptahydrate (epsom salt).
It is considered a good anti-stress remedy (especially when used for the preparation of relaxing baths) to counteract mental and physical fatigue.
It plays a crucial role in regulating body temperature and thanks to its beneficial properties it is able to support the correct functioning of the cardiovascular system, preventing heart disease.
It is used as a food supplement, especially recommended for women, to prevent osteoporosis problems: it helps to fix calcium in the bones. In addition, it reduces the symptoms of PMS and improves hormonal balance.
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Magnesium chloride, uses
Themagnesium chlorideboasts a large number ofuses and not only in the homeopathic field. This compound is used for the electrolytic production of metallic magnesium. Other uses include applications in the manufacturing of textiles, paper, for the preparation of cements and fireproof materials (fire resistant). It is used in the environmental sector for water purification management and treatment while in the food industry it is used asadditive.It is used in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry.
It is used as a salt for controlling snow on roads and in the home, due to the same properties, it can be used to absorb moisture. It is also used to store hydrogen (used as an intermediate storage material).
How to take magnesium chloride
We already take a negligible amount of magnesium chloride with our daily diet. In the food industry, magnesium chloride is used as an acidity regulator, firming agent, flavor enhancer and anti-caking agent. In Italy and in the rest of the EU countries, this additive is reported on the label with the codeE511 and has no limits of use both in food and in organic farming, this is because, unlike many other food additives, E511 does not present any health risks.
Those who consume tofu unwittingly ingest magnesium chloride: this ingredient is used as a coagulant in the preparation of "soy cheese" (tofu).
On the market there is magnesium chloride in tablets, so to find out the doses and administration, just read the product packaging, however there is a simpler and more natural way to take this salt. If you have magnesium crystal powder, you can make a homemade supplement with:
- 1 liter of water
- 30 grams of crystallized magnesium chloride
- 1 wooden spoon
Boil the water and let it cool. Transfer the water into a glass bottle (or in a jug with a lid) and dissolve the 30 grams of magnesium salt. Stir with a wooden spoon and seal.
The correct doses depend on the type of diet, age and the benefits you intend to obtain. For the correct dosages you can consult your doctor, however, in general it is recommended to consume a liter of dietary supplement based on magnesium salts prepared as described above (for women over 35 years of age). For those under 35 it is recommended to halve the dose.
Magnesium chloride, contraindications
This ingredient has no particular contraindications or side effects. Its toxicity occurs only in the case of very high intakes with a laxative effect; this salt is easily excreted through the urine.