There are over 8.2 million people in the UK alone who suffer from anxiety and the constant, conflicting pressures of modern-day life create the perfect environment for anxiety disorders to thrive.
Though feelings of anxiety are normal and they help us to respond to stress and recognise danger, anxiety can become a problem when this natural “flight or flight” response is triggered on a regular basis in response to an event that is not worthy of such a reaction, or when no event has occurred at all.
Anxiety can be treated by prescribed medication, therapy or self-help strategies but there are a number of natural remedies that can work wonders for calming the mind and nerves too.
Magnesium is the fourth most common mineral in the human body and it’s involved in hundreds of biochemical reactions - from repairing DNA, to converting food into energy and regulating your nervous system.
But magnesium is also a powerful tool for tackling anxiety. Here’s why.
1. It’s been proven to improve sleep quality
Because magnesium is responsible for such a broad range of functions in the body, if you’re not getting enough magnesium through your diet (the body does not produce magnesium on its own) it can have a knock-on effect on your overall health and wellbeing.
Magnesium has a really important role to play when it comes to improving your sleep quality as it acts as a natural sedative.
People who have low magnesium levels will often experience restless nights and low-quality sleep as studies have shown that optimum magnesium levels help to promote deep, restful sleep.
The reason for this is because one of magnesium’s main functions is to regulate your neurotransmitters - neurotransmitters transmit signals from one nerve to another nerve, muscle, tissue or organ.
The neurotransmitter that is responsible for regulating sleep is called GABA, and magnesium has been proven to increase levels of GABA in the brain.
GABA is also responsible for encouraging your body to relax, so by taking a magnesium supplement before bed your body is able to inhibit feelings of fear, anxiety and stress and help you to achieve a long, restful nights sleep.
2. It has powerful, mood-boosting capabilities
Magnesium has been proven to have powerful mood-boosting capabilities for people who suffer from both anxiety and depression.
During times of stress, our body wastes magnesium through the urine and the western diet of processed foods and grains means that it’s common for adults to not get enough magnesium in their diets.
One study of depressed older adults found that 450 mg of magnesium taken on a daily basis improved the participants’ moods as effectively as antidepressants.
Magnesium affects the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) axis, which is our central stress response system in the brain, as it increases levels of the neurotransmitter GABA in the brain.
Magnesium also restricts the release of stress hormones and acts as a filter to prevent them from entering the brain.
Magnesium as a supplement
Magnesium supplements come in pill, powder and spray forms, but magnesium L-threonate is considered to be one of the best forms of magnesium to cross the blood-brain barrier and be absorbed into the body.
We sell a powerful L-threonate magnesium supplement called Neuro-Mag.
L-threonate magnesium was created to solve the problem with many magnesium supplements which is that they are not absorbed well enough into the nervous system.
However, it’s been proven that this particular form of magnesium can target the ageing brain and nervous system. It also supports important brain signalling pathways and increased levels of magnesium in the brain can improve memory.
In animal models, it was shown that Neuro-mag L-threonate magnesium improved short-term memory by 18% and long-term memory by 100%
The recommended daily intake is 400–420mg per day for men and 310–320 mg per day for women.
If you’re suffering from anxiety and depression, adding more magnesium into your diet could have a noticeable, positive effect on your daily mental health experiences.
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