: I'm trying to recreate a store-bought magnesium gluconate elixir spray and am having some trouble.
I use this Vinco brand "ionic" magnesium gluconate spray
sublingually to help with sleep. I spray some under my tongue each time I wake during the night. It boosts the amount of mag in my system faster than tablets (which I also take) and helps me get back to sleep.
It works well, but at $20 a bottle, which can get used up in less than a week, it's not a great deal. So I've been trying to achieve a workable homemade version. I'm having two issues:
- The homemade doesn't have the slightly sweet flavor of the store-bought version, and I can't figure out where the sweet flavor in the storebought is coming from. The storebought tastes sort of schnapps-y.
- The homemade also doesn't seem to help get me to sleep anywhere near as well as the store-bought version, and I can't figure out why that might be true. I can't use the homemade alone to get me to sleep; I can either do half a dozen sprays of store-bought or a combo of two sprays of store-bought and a dozen sprays of homemade and get to sleep. No matter how much homemade I use, it alone won't get me down.
- To further complicate matters, the new lot of store-bought I've recently started receiving doesn't work as well as the old (I have tested this blind several times with the same results) so I can't even count on just buying more of the "good stuff." The manufacturer tells me the new lot is "made from the same mother tincture" as the previous one, and they don't know why it's not working.
I have tried to pose innocuous questions to the company in order to find out more about the manufacturing process, but unsurprisingly, they are not forthcoming.
Making the stuff at home:
The store-bought spray is 20% grain alcohol, 80% water, with .89 mg/ml magnesium. The manufacturer told me the alcohol is for suspension and preservative purposes. There are no other ingredients mentioned besides those three.
I bought a bag of magnesium gluconate powder
from PureBulk.com and 190 proof grain alcohol from the liquor store.
I figured these amounts out to reach the dosage the store-bought delivers:
5 tsp. magnesium (13000 magnesium gluconate, which is 700 mg elemental magnesium, since it's roughly 5% available)
150 ml 190 proof alcohol
+600 ml water
750 ml magnesium spray
Here are the preparation methods we've tried so far:
Method #1: We tried dissolving the magnesium in the water, and despite much warming and stirring, it didn't dissolve before we gave up after a few hours.
Method #2: We tried dissolving it in the grain alcohol, by letting it sit until it dissolved, which worked, then adding the water.
Method #3: We've also tried warming the alcohol slightly and stirring it in, and that caused it to dissolve a bit faster, then adding the water.
The result from both #2 and #3 tastes the same: a little burn-y and slightly bitter, not at all like the sweet schnapps-y, liqueur-like flavor of the storebought.
So my questions for you:
Where the heck is that sweet flavor coming from in the store-bought? Is it possible there's some other ingredient that doesn't need to be listed? Could it be glycerin? What else could it be?
Is there some method of creating this sort of thing that's available to a supplement company that's not possible in my kitchen? Could that mystery method be creating the sweet flavor without any other ingredients?
Is there a place I could send the good stuff to have it tested as to ingredients?
Any ideas on how to replicate the store-bought more successfully?