The Benefits of Magnesium

  • Veena Abraham Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • Natalie Schellack Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Keywords: magnesium, physiological function, hypomagnesaemia, hypermagnesaemia

Abstract

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.

Author Biographies

Veena Abraham, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
BSc (Biological Sciences), BSc (Hons) Pharmacology Lecturer Department of Pharmacy Faculty of Health Sciences Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU)
Natalie Schellack, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
BCur, BPharm, PhD (Pharmacy) Associate Professor Department of Pharmacy Faculty of Health Sciences Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
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