According to the Royal Society of Chemistry, magnesium is used in flares, pyrotechnics and incendiary bombs, and it was previously used in flash bulbs. Because it has a lower density than aluminum, its alloys are used in airplanes, missiles, bicycle frames, car seats and luggage.Continue Reading
Magnesium is the eighth most abundant element in the Earth's crust, but it does not occur uncombined with other elements. Magnesium is often found with magnesite and dolomite. It is prepared commercially by electrolysis and fused magnesium chloride derived from brines, wells and sea water.
According to WebMD, magnesium also has several medical uses. Magnesium has proven effective for dyspepsia as an antacid, preventing and treating magnesium deficiency or certain conditions related to magnesium deficiency, and as a laxative for both constipation and preparation of the bowel for surgical or diagnostic procedures. Magnesium may also be effective for conditions that occur during pregnancy, such as preeclampsia or eclampsia, and a type of irregular heartbeat called torsades de pointes.
Other conditions for which magnesium could possibly be an effective form of treatment include premenstrual syndrome, weak bones, type 2 diabetes, diseases of heart valves, high cholesterol, chest pain from artery disease, kidney stones, hearing loss from loud noises, metabolic syndrome, preventing stroke, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. It may also be effective for cluster headaches, migraine headaches, irregular heartbeat, asthma attacks, nerve pain from cancer, pain after a hysterectomy or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.Learn more about Chemistry