Milk of magnesia has been in use for nearly 200 years and researchers have found that its can provide solutions to several problems, including severe constipation and skin eruptions like acne.
What is Milk of Magnesia?
Milk of magnesia is a suspension of magnesium hydroxide [i.e., Mg(OH)2] in water. The suspension is milky white in color. That is why it is known as milk of magnesia.
Use of Milk of Magnesia
Milk of magnesia is primarily a gentle laxative used for temporary relief from constipation. The function of magnesium is to absorb water or saline from the blood to the intestine. It increases the water content of the undigested food and provides a flushing action on the stool. The stool becomes smooth, and it becomes easier to eliminate.
Milk of magnesia is taken orally in liquid or in chewable form. If available in the chewable form, chew it thoroughly. For the liquid form, shake the bottle thoroughly before use. For treating constipation, always drink a full glass of water after each dose. Follow the directions provided by your doctor. Note that long-term use can cause bowel dependence.
Its antacid action
If the milk of magnesia dose is reduced, it acts as an antacid and can neutralize the excess acid in the stomach. Milk of magnesia is alkaline and is used to treat heartburn and an upset stomach caused by excess acid content of the stomach. Use it in less quantity for a short time or as prescribed by the physician.
Milk of magnesia acne treatment
Currently, it is claimed that milk of magnesia can effectively reduce the oiliness of the skin and reduce the eruptions of acne if used as a topical solution. Milk of magnesia’s acne treatment has become quiet popular. Apply it on the T-zone. After it has dried, wash it off completely to get oil-free skin. Use it regularly as a face pack, but do not use it in excess; otherwise, it can make your skin extremely dry.
Interactions of milk of magnesia with other essential elements
Folic acid is essential for absorption of vitamin B12 by the body. Magnesium hydroxide in milk of magnesia inhibits folic acid absorption, thus reducing vitamin B12 absorption.
Milk of magnesia acts as a source of magnesium, which helps to regulate calcium and other mineral levels in the body. Magnesium, along with calcium, helps to activate enzymes and promote teeth and bone development.
Excess intake of milk of magnesia might lead to side effects. Consult your doctor immediately if you experience diarrhea or allergic reactions.
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