Magnesium Chloride Vs Magnesium Sulfate
According to Daniel Reid, author of The Tao of
Detox, magnesium sulfate, commonly known as Epsom salts, is rapidly
excreted through the kidneys and therefore difficult to assimilate.
This would explain in part why the effects from Epsom salt baths do not
last long and why you need more magnesium sulfate in a bath than
magnesium chloride to get similar results. Magnesium chloride is easily
assimilated and metabolized in the human body.[i] However, Epsom salts
are used specifically by parents of children with autism because of the
sulfate, which they are usually deficient in , sulfate is also crucial
to the body and is wasted in the urine of autistic children.
For purposes of cellular detoxification and tissue purification, the
most effective form of magnesium is magnesium chloride, which has a
strong excretory effect on toxins and stagnant energies stuck in the
tissues of the body, drawing them out through the pores of the skin.
This is a powerful hydrotherapy that draws toxins from the tissues,
replenishes the “vital fluid” of the cells and restores cellular
magnesium to optimum levels. Magnesium Chloride is environmentally
safe, and is used around vegetation and in agriculture. It is not
irritating to the skin at lower concentrations, and is less toxic than
common table salt.
Magnesium Chloride solution was not
only harmless for tissues,
but it had also a great effect over leucocytic activity and
phagocytosis; so it was perfect for external wounds treatment.
Dr. Jean Durlach et al, at the Université P.
et M. Curie, Paris, wrote a paper about the relative toxicities between
magnesium sulfate and magnesium chloride. They write, “The reason of
the toxicity of magnesium pharmacological doses of magnesium using the
sulfate anion rather than the chloride anion may perhaps arise from the
respective chemical structures of both the two magnesium salts.
Chemically, both MgSO4 and MgCl2 are hexa-aqueous complexes. However
MgCl2 crystals consist of dianions with magnesium coordinated to the
six water molecules as a complex, [Mg(H2O)6]2+ and two independent
chloride anions, Cl-. In MgSO4, a seventh water molecule is associated
with the sulphate anion, [Mg(H2O)6]2 +[SO4. H2O]. Consequently, the
more hydrated MgSO4 molecule may have chemical interactions with
paracellular components, rather than with cellular components,
presumably potentiating toxic manifestations while reducing therapeutic
MgSO4 is not always the appropriate
salt in clinical therapeutics.
MgCl2 seems the better anion-cation association to be
used in many clinical and pharmacological indications.[ii]
Dr. Jean Durlach et al
These researches also studied ionic fluxes in the
two directions between the mother and the fetus. They found that there
was a greater positive effect when MgCl2 was used and that MgSO4 could
not guarantee the fetal needs in sodium and potassium exchange like
MgCl2 could. They also found that MgCl2 interacts with all the
exchangers in the cell membrane, while the effect of MgSO4 is limited
to paracellular components without interaction with cellular
components. Dr. Durlach summarized saying, “MgCl2 interacts with all
exchangers while the interaction of MgSO4 is limited to paracellular
exchangers, and MgCl2 increases the flux ratio between mother to fetus
while MgSO4 decreases it.”
Chloride is required to produce a large quantity of gastric acid each
day and is also needed to stimulate starch-digesting enzymes. Using
other magnesium salts is less advantageous because these have to be
converted into chlorides in the body anyway. We may use magnesium as
oxide or carbonate but then we need to produce additional hydrochloric
acid to absorb them. Many aging individuals, especially with chronic
diseases who desperately need more magnesium cannot produce sufficient
hydrochloric acid and then cannot absorb the oxide or carbonate.
Sulfate is also important and has an influence over almost every
cellular function. Sulfate attaches to phenols and makes them less
harmful, and sets them up for being excreted from your kidneys. A lot
of these potentially toxic molecules are in food. Sulfate is also used
to regulate the performance of many other molecules. Many systems in
the body will not function well in a low-sulfate environment. Sulfur is
so critical to life that the body will apparently borrow protein from
the muscles to keep from running too low.
Though magnesium sulfate will save your life in emergency situations as
quickly and easily as magnesium chloride, magnesium chloride fits the
bill as a universal medical nutrient. Magnesium sulfate is a close
cousin whose effect, form and toxicity demands it be used in special
applications when the sulfur is needed".