Magnesium phosphate is an ionic salt of magnesium and phosphate appearing in several forms and several hydrates. This is a compound with a hydrated crystalline structure. It also occurs in amorphous forms. This mineral founds in bones, and the seeds of many plants. It is a source of supplemental dietary magnesium. It has its other names as Phosphoric Acid Magnesium salt and Trimagnesium Diphosphate.
Some of its forms dissolve in water. it is found as
- Monomagnesium phosphate
- Dimagnesium phosphate
- Trimagnesium phosphate
It reacts with acids. When it is dissolved in the hydrated form it gives magnesium hydroxide. It is moderately acidic. It is an odorless solid having no taste. It appears as colorless and rhombic plates. It is not soluble in liquid ammonia but soluble in ammonium salt solution. It is insoluble in cold or hot water.
USES AND APPLICATIONS FOR Magnesium phosphate
- As it is a source of both magnesium and phosphorus, it is used in minimal supplements.
- It is utilized in the prevention of vitamin E deficiency.
- Used as a nutrient, pH control agent, and stabilizer.
- Magnesium phosphate is helpful to support the relaxation of muscles
- This ionic compound is also used to prevent the cramping of muscles.
- It works as an absorbent and stabilizer for plastic.
- It serves as an anticaking agent and agriculture chemical (non-pesticidal).
- Its dibasic and tribasic forms are used as antacids, food additives, and polishing agents.
- It serves as a soil conditioner.
- It is used to treat attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and migraine headaches, etc.
- It is effective to use for the treatment of asthma and even high plod pressure during pregnancy.
Magnesium Phosphate exists stably in solution form and the compound itself is not considered hazardous. It is prepared by the chemical process of magnesium oxide (MgO) and potassium dihydrogen phosphate or manufactured by melting phosphate rock and serpentine rock together.