Magnesium: biological information
Magnesium is an important element for plants and animals. Chlorophylls (responsible for the green colour of plants) are compounds knonw as porphyrins and are based upon magnesium. Magnesium is required for the proper working of some enzymes. The adult daily requirement of magnesium is about 0.3 g day-1.
Levels in humans
- Human abundance by weight: 270000 ppb by weight
- Human abundance by atoms: 70000 atoms relative to C = 1000000
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Hazards and Risks
Hazards and risks associated with magnesium:
Magnesium metal is a major fire risk. Magnesium compounds are not normally particularly toxic.
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