Magnesium acetate tetrahydrate is a highly bioavailable hydrated magnesium salt that is sometimes used as an electrolyte supplement. Such sources of magnesium have been shown to be essential for proper nerve signalling, as well as bone mineralization and ordinary enzymatic function.
In addition to being used in studies of the roles of bioavailable magnesium in the body, magnesium acetate tetrahydrate is also used in the laboratory as a reagent. In some instances, it may be used as a source of acetate ions in chemical research. When magnesium acetate is allowed to react with hydrogen peroxide, the reaction products demonstrate noted bactericidal properties. This bactericidal effect extends to both Gram-positive and Gram negative bacteria.
Research or further manufacturing use only, not for food or drug use.