oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - The benefits of magnesium : review

Volume 83, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



Magnesium (Mg2+) is an essential ion for general well-being. After potassium it is the most abundant ion in the body and is responsible in enzymatic reactions especially for energy metabolism and protein synthesis. Imbalances in the overall magnesium status may lead to hypomagnesaemia or hypermagnesaemia; both of these can lead to untoward effects in cardiac, nervous or neuromuscular disorders. This article provides a brief overview on the physiological function of magnesium in the body and different indications where it may be used.

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