“It is often encountered as the heptahydrate, MgSO4·7H2O, commonly called Epsom salt. Anhydrous magnesium sulfate is used as a drying agent. Since the anhydrous form is hygroscopic (readily absorbs water from the air) and is therefore difficult to weigh accurately, the hydrate is often preferred when preparing solutions, for example in medical preparations.” Though it is also used in agriculture to replace depleted levels of magnesium in the soil, “since magnesium is an essential element in the chlorophyll molecule.” It can even be used as a coagulant to help make soy into tofu. It also has a number of medical uses in replacement therapy for hypomagnesemia, as an antiarrhythmic agent, and in treating pain related to fibromyalgia and osteoporosis, to name just some of the many medical uses it has.
In medicine, magnesium sulfate is taken as a shot, and is used for a wide variety of reasons including controlling seizures and premature contractions in pregnancies, to treat kidney problems, and to treat heat attacks and asthma. It can also improve the quality of hair when mixed with shampoo and can help prevent skin from wrinkling.
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