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Magnesia vs. Magnesium: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Published on December 7, 2023
Magnesia is a compound of magnesium, often used as an antacid and laxative, while magnesium is a chemical element essential for human health.

Key Differences

Magnesia, typically referring to magnesium oxide, is a white powder used for medicinal purposes, such as treating stomach acidity and constipation. Magnesium, on the other hand, is a silver-white metallic element, crucial in biology and industry.
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Dec 07, 2023
Magnesia acts as an antacid and laxative due to its chemical properties that neutralize stomach acid and increase water in the intestines. Magnesium, as an element, is a vital nutrient involved in numerous bodily functions including muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and protein synthesis.
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Dec 07, 2023
Magnesia is often consumed in medicinal forms like tablets or suspension. Magnesium, however, is consumed through diet and supplements and is a component of various enzymes and hormones.
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Dec 07, 2023
The medicinal uses of magnesia are well-known in treating specific conditions. Magnesium, in its elemental or compound form, is used in diverse industries ranging from alloy production to electronics.
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Dec 07, 2023
Magnesia primarily offers health benefits in addressing digestive issues, while magnesium's role is broader, contributing to overall health, including heart health, bone strength, and energy production.
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Dec 07, 2023
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Comparison Chart

Nature

A compound, often magnesium oxide
A chemical element (atomic number 12)
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Use in Health

Used as an antacid and laxative
Essential nutrient for bodily functions
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Form

Consumed in medicinal forms
Found in foods, supplements
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Applications

Mainly medicinal for digestive issues
Broad, including health and industry uses
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Health Benefits

Alleviates stomach acidity, constipation
Supports muscle/nerve function, bone health
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Magnesia and Magnesium Definitions

Magnesia

Magnesia is magnesium oxide, used as a medicinal antacid and laxative.
She took magnesia to relieve her heartburn.
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Nov 21, 2023

Magnesium

Found in foods like nuts, seeds, and green leafy vegetables.
Eating spinach is a good way to get dietary magnesium.
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Nov 21, 2023

Magnesia

A white powder used for treating digestive issues.
Magnesia can be effective for occasional constipation.
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Nov 21, 2023

Magnesium

Involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the human body.
Magnesium plays a crucial role in energy metabolism.
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Nov 21, 2023

Magnesia

Magnesia is used in its compound form for specific health issues.
Her doctor recommended magnesia for her indigestion.
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Nov 21, 2023

Magnesium

Magnesium compounds are used in medicine, agriculture, and manufacturing.
Magnesium sulfate is used both as a fertilizer and a medicinal compound.
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Nov 21, 2023

Magnesia

Often found in over-the-counter digestive remedies.
I found magnesia in the pharmacy's digestive aids section.
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Nov 21, 2023

Magnesium

Magnesium is a vital dietary mineral essential for many bodily functions.
Magnesium is important for maintaining healthy bones.
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Nov 21, 2023

Magnesia

Magnesia neutralizes stomach acid and increases bowel movements.
To combat acid reflux, he used a dose of magnesia.
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Nov 21, 2023

Magnesium

A silver-white metallic element used in various industries.
Magnesium alloys are used in aerospace engineering.
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Nov 21, 2023

Magnesia

See magnesium oxide.
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Nov 19, 2023

Magnesium

A light, silvery-white, moderately hard metallic element that in ribbon or powder form burns with a brilliant white flame. Obtained chiefly from magnesite, dolomite, and bodies of salt water, it is used in structural alloys, pyrotechnics, flash photography, and incendiary bombs. Atomic number 12; atomic weight 24.305; melting point 650°C; boiling point 1,090°C; specific gravity 1.738 (at 20°C); valence 2. See Periodic Table.
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Magnesia

(mineral) magnesium oxide
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Magnesium

The chemical element (symbol Mg) with an atomic number of 12. It is a light, easily flammable, silvery-white alkaline earth metal.
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Magnesia

A light earthy white substance, consisting of magnesium oxide (MgO), and obtained by heating magnesium hydrate or carbonate, or by burning magnesium. It has a slightly alkaline reaction, and is used in medicine as a mild antacid laxative. See Magnesium.
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Nov 19, 2023

Magnesium

A light silver-white metallic element of atomic number 12, malleable and ductile, quite permanent in dry air but tarnishing in moist air. It burns, forming (the oxide) magnesia, with the production of a blinding light (the so-called magnesium light) which is used in signaling, in pyrotechny, or in photography where a strong actinic illuminant is required. Its compounds occur abundantly, as in dolomite, talc, meerschaum, etc. Symbol Mg. Atomic weight, 24.305. Specific gravity, 1.75.
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Magnesia

A white solid mineral that occurs naturally as periclase; a source of magnesium
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Magnesium

A light silver-white ductile bivalent metallic element; in pure form it burns with brilliant white flame; occurs naturally only in combination (as in magnesite and dolomite and carnallite and spinel and olivine)
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FAQs

What are the health benefits of magnesium?

Supports muscle function, bone health, and energy production.
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Dec 07, 2023

What foods are high in magnesium?

Green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.
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Dec 07, 2023

What role does magnesium play in the body?

It's essential for nerve transmission, muscle contraction, and many other functions.
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Dec 07, 2023

Is magnesia effective for long-term constipation relief?

It's usually recommended for short-term relief; long-term use requires medical advice.
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Can magnesia be taken with other medications?

Consult a doctor, as it may interact with certain medications.
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Is magnesia safe for children?

Consult a pediatrician before use, as it depends on age and condition.
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How does magnesia relieve acid reflux?

By neutralizing stomach acid.
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What is magnesia used for?

Primarily as an antacid and laxative.
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Can magnesia be used daily?

It's typically for occasional use; frequent use should be discussed with a doctor.
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Can taking magnesia lead to side effects?

Yes, possible side effects include diarrhea and abdominal cramping.
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Dec 07, 2023

Can magnesium help with sleep?

Yes, it can aid in relaxation and improve sleep quality.
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Dec 07, 2023

What are common signs of magnesium deficiency?

Muscle cramps, fatigue, and irregular heartbeat.
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Can magnesium improve exercise performance?

It can aid in muscle function and energy production during exercise.
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Are magnesium supplements necessary?

They can be for some individuals, but it's best to consult a healthcare provider.
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Does magnesia impact kidney function?

People with kidney issues should consult a doctor before use, as it can affect kidney function.
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Dec 07, 2023

How does magnesium affect heart health?

It helps regulate blood pressure and supports heart muscle function.
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Dec 07, 2023

Are there industrial uses for magnesium?

Yes, in alloys, electronics, and manufacturing processes.
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Dec 07, 2023

Is magnesia a natural product?

Magnesia, as magnesium oxide, is a compound created from natural magnesium.
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Dec 07, 2023

How much magnesium should one consume daily?

The recommended daily amount varies by age, gender, and health conditions.
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Dec 07, 2023

Does cooking affect magnesium content in food?

Some magnesium can be lost during cooking, especially in water.
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