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Magnesium phosphate is an important mineral, often simply known as magnesium, that helps keep your body working properly. This mineral is involved in more than 300 chemical reactions in your body. It can be used as a laxative for constipation or as an antacid for acid indigestion. Dietary sources of magnesium include whole grains, legumes, broccoli, squash, dairy products and almonds. Taking magnesium phosphate has several side effects, and, as with any dietary supplement, your physician should be consulted before use.
According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, diarrhea is one of the possible side effects of magnesium phosphate. During hyperacidity or when the stomach produces excessive amounts of gastric acid, indigestion might occur. The stomach empties at a significantly slower rate, delaying the transport of food to the small intestines. In this situation, antacids are taken to neutralize the acid in the stomach and decrease gastric acid production. Among the common antacids used is magnesium. Aside from neutralizing gastric acid, magnesium phosphate also has a laxative effect, which may lead to diarrhea. Magnesium supplements and magnesium-based products are to be used cautiously to minimize side effects.
Vomiting is among the possible side effects of taking magnesium phosphate, as noted by MedlinePlus.
Common symptoms to magnesium supplements are rhinitis, digestive complications, skin rashes and asthma. Rhinitis symptoms include a runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, watery eyes and throat irritation. You may experience nausea, vomiting, cramping, abdominal pain and diarrhea as a result of an allergy to magnesium. Your skin can become itchy, inflamed and irritated in the form of hives or eczema. Some people react with asthma symptoms, such as shortness of breath, chest pain and wheezing.
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Stimulation of leucomycin production by magnesium phosphate and its relevance to nitrogen catabolite regulation.
S Omura, Y Tanaka, C Kitao, H Tanaka, and Y Iwai
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Addition of magnesium phosphate [Mg3(PO4)2 x 8H2O] to a complex medium or to an ammonium ion-containing, chemically defined medium stimulated leucomycin production by Streptomyces kitasatoensis. Ammonium ions in high concentrations inhibited leucomycin production, but their limitation by magnesium phosphate led to the high production of the antibiotic.