Magnesium is a really important mineral that is essential for your body to function. I could go into far more details, but if you want to learn about the scientific role magnesium plays, there are a tonne of websites out there that will tell you about it far better than I can.
What I can tell you is that in moderns diets, many of us are often not getting enough. The current RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) is between 320 to 420mg. A deficiency in magnesium can cause depression, anxiety, stress, insomnia, fatigue and low energy. Yep. I have all of those symptoms. Or at least, I did have.
Magnesium & The Body
Magnesium is possibly the most important nutrient involved in the body’s process of the production of energy. A deficiency will, therefore, cause you to feel tired and lethargic, which is a great foundation if you’re trying to improve your mood.
Muscles contain around 26% of all of the magnesium found in the body. 60% can be found in the bone and the rest is sneaking around in the soft tissue and body fluids. A deficiency can cause cramps, spasms and tremors.
Magnesium & The Mind
This is the area that interests me the most, being something with which I could use all the help I can get!
Magnesium is a key nutrient for mental stability. A deficiency in magnesium can intensify adverse reactions to stress and lead to symptoms of mood swings, anxiety, depression and irritability.
Over the last few years, there have been successful studies in treating depression with magnesium supplements. This really fascinates me, therefore, I thought it would be a good idea for me to give magnesium supplements a go, given my recent withdrawal from prescribed medication.
Magnesium can be found in green leafy vegetables, unrefined grains, nuts, legumes, soy products and whole grains. If you’re eating a varied diet daily, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be getting enough magnesium. I don’t want to leave things to chance though, I do want to ensure I’m reaching my RDA.
I’m taking Magnesium Glycinate High Strength Formula from Nutri Advanced. These were gifted to me by Nutri Advanced. With my background in nutritional therapy, I know just how important a mineral it is.
I was sent these supplements a few weeks ago (ironically, I was too depressed to take them properly!!). These tablets are in glycinate form which means it’s easily absorbed without having a laxative effect.
[Quick backstory for those of you who aren’t regular readers: I suffer from generalised anxiety disorder, agoraphobia and (more recently, which isn’t my normal) depression. It’s been this way for over a decade in varying degrees. I’d decided to withdraw from using prescribed medication because I felt the negatives of taking them outweighed the positives and I wanted to come off them and see what my normal is. I’d like to work more with nutrition and a more natural method in becoming healthier. I came off my medication following a consultation with my psychiatrist and he was in agreement].
Over the last two weeks, I’ve been taking them very regularly, twice a day, every day. During the first week, I can’t say that I noticed a difference at all. My mood continued to be awful, I was still extremely irritable and nothing was changing.
I’m now nearing the end of week two and I’m feeling much better. My mood has been far more rational, my depression has eased, I’ve been more productive in my day-to-day living and I really feel like the boost in magnesium is having a positive effect on my mental health. Who knew an extra dose of a mineral could have such a positive effect?
I’d highly recommend giving natural supplements as an alternative to synthetic medications. Check out the Nutri Advance website, (they have a sale on right now, actually) they’re really knowledgeable and helpful and have a great range of products.
I’ll be continuing with my magnesium and nutrition experiment so I’ll report back as to how I’m getting on.
If you’ve found natural alternatives that have helped you then I’d love to hear about them, please do get in touch. Thanks for reading.