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Chlorine of The Stomach and Carbonate of Mg

07/27/2009

Question:

After ingesting magnesium carbonate or magnesium oxide, presumably magnesium chloride will form in the stomach by taking the chlorine from the stomach`s hydrochloric acid. Will the chlorine eventually be returned to the stomach as hydrochloric acid after the body uses or stores the magnesium?

Answer:

This would happen in a test tube but not in the stomach due to the protein buffering content.

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Response by:

Glen F Aukerman, MD, DABFP Glen F Aukerman, MD, DABFP
Formerly:
Professor of Family Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University