This is going to be a quick express blog on magnesium for anxiety! There is an endless flow of articles praising magnesium for anxiety and its beneficial affects on our mental health. It is well known for being the ultimate go-to mineral for both anxiety, stress and depression. Call it natures Valium, chill pill or what you want, it is proven to work! But it’s not just great for anxiety, in fact there are so many benefits to increasing your magnesium intake that it’s actually incredible. Here’s a few extra benefits listed.
- It improves your energy levels
- Improves sleep
- Eases constipation
- Relieves muscle aches and cramping and restless leg syndrome
- Regulates the absorption of nutrients, especially calcium
- Supports heart health
- Prevents migraines
- Improves bone health and unknown to many is that magnesium is equally important to calcium in bone health.
Wow! Told you! It’s a wonder mineral! Now, back to mental health!
The Hordaland Health Study concluded in a study of 5700 people that lower levels of magnesium undoubtedly result in higher incidents of depression. So this research proves that if your diet isn’t in check and your magnesium levels are low, it’s very probable you will suffer from anxiety, stress and depression. It’s so important to eat healthily and to make sure that we get all of the vitamins and minerals.
Where do we get magnesium from?
Magnesium was found in rich supply in our soil by our ancestors but with modern farming practices (such as mono-cultures), magnesium has been depleted so badly that it has left so many of us deficient.
I always try to eat ‘clean’ when I can and avoid processed foods. It’s almost guaranteed that processed food = nutrient deficient. Anyway, for magnesium there are some tasty foods which will boost your magnesium levels for sure…
- Pumpkin seeds
- Yogurt and Kefir,
- Black beans
- Dark Chocolate (70% or more)
Check out my blog on mindful eating if you found this interesting!