About 19 million Americans report feeling depressive symptoms at some stage (1). There are many ways to approach a bout of the blues: including exercise, therapy and medications. However, to support brain health fully, you need adequate levels of micronutrients, including magnesium. Magnesium is known as the “miracle micronutrient” because of the vital role it plays in numerous biochemical reactions, which makes it an important piece of the mood puzzle.
An increase in Magnesium has been linked to a rapid improvement in mood.*
Researchers in Texas (1) studied the effects of Magnesium supplementation in four cases of people suffering from major depression. The results were incredible. The study included a 59 year old man with mild depressive symptoms, a 23 year old woman suffering severe with lows after traumatic brain injury, a 35 year old woman who was pregnant and was struggling with postpartum blues after three previous three births, and a 40 year old man with moderate symptoms classically associated with depression. All of these patients experienced rapid improvement in mood within the range of hours to a week. In another study conducted on rodents in Australia (2), researchers studied rats who had experienced brain injury and measured post-traumatic anxiety and depression using various tests like the open field test. The rats were in two groups, in which one group was supplemented with magnesium and the other group served as a control to compare the effects of magnesium. The group supplemented with magnesium was found to have higher activity scores, indicating a lower incidence of depression and anxiety. Overall, these studies suggest that magnesium is an important key to a positive mood.*
A lack of Magnesium has been linked to lows and anxious feelings.*
Researchers conducting a cross sectional study in Australia (3) found an inverse relationship between magnesium intake and depression scores amongst adults. There was also an inverse relationship between magnesium intake and anxiety, however the association was statistically weaker. Another study conducted on rats in Austria (4), sought to find the effects of magnesium deficiency on rats. Researchers found that induced magnesium deficiency resulted in anxiety, as measured in anxiety tests. They also found elevated levels of ACTH, a hormone implicated in anxiety. These findings indicate that magnesium levels may play a role in your mental health.
These studies suggest that magnesium may be vital for the maintenance of proper mental health and happiness. You can obtain magnesium in your diet by eating fruits like bananas, soy products, whole grains, and of course by obtaining the MicroNourish formula.
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Rapid recovery from major depression using magnesium treatment. Eby GA, Med Hypotheses. 2006;67(2):362-70. Epub 2006 Mar 20.
Association between magnesium intake and depression and anxiety in community–dwelling adults: the Hordaland Health Study., Jacka FN, Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 2009 Jan;43(1):45-52. doi: 10.1080/00048670802534408.
Magnesium attenuates post-traumatic depression/anxiety following diffuse traumatic brain injury in rats., Fromm L, J Am Coll Nutr. 2004 Oct;23(5):529S-533S.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These statements and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.