The benefits of magnesium

Veena Abraham, Natalie Schellack*

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-24
Number of pages4
JournalSA Pharmaceutical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Hypermagnesaemia
  • Hypomagnesaemia
  • Magnesium
  • Physiological function


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