Can Magnesium Help Improve Your Mood?
Posted on June 06 2018
It seems like the list of benefits that come from using a magnesium supplement is endless: magnesium can help your immune system, blood pressure, muscle function, bone density and more.
But can magnesium deficiency affect your mood? We're here to answer that question, and potentially, help you keep your mental and emotional help in great shape!
Magnesium Does Affect Your Mood
Magnesium supplements have been linked to a positive effect on users' moods, namely reducing anxiety and stress levels. One of the ways it does this is through enhancing their ability to get to sleep. While you might not have thought twice about why this is, there is a good reason.
Magnesium, Calcium, and Stress
There is a balance in the body and brain between calcium and magnesium. Both chemicals react to stressors; calcium serves to tighten muscles when needed. Magnesium serves as the "gatekeeper" for the release of calcium in the synapses of the brain, so when magnesium is present in sufficient quantities, too much calcium isn't released.
Now let's look at the reasons that this is a problem when there's insufficient magnesium in your system. The modern human diet, heavy in processed foods and light in natural meats and vegetables, gives people a sustainable amount of calcium, but a shortage of magnesium. This is partly why a dietary shortage of magnesium is one of the most common deficiencies people struggle with today.
The result is an imbalance between calcium levels and magnesium levels in the body. Calcium causes tension in reaction to stress, but that tension can't be relieved by the opposite reaction, because of the shortage of magnesium. This causes stress to control the brain, leading to lack of sleep and general anxiety.
This is why magnesium shortage is associated with conditions like anxiety, insomnia, moodiness, irritability, racing heart, migraines, and noise sensitivity, and for nutrition experts, it can be frustrating to know that there are mood disorders common in today's society that could be treated with magnesium supplements but aren't.
How Can You Supplement Your Magnesium Levels?
The first step to ensuring that you get sufficient magnesium in your system is to keep track of your dietary magnesium. Eat unprocessed foods high in magnesium and you'll be on the road to controlling your mood, but this isn't all it takes.
As we continue to find more responsibilities that magnesium has in the human body, we adjust the amount of magnesium you need to consume, to the point where it's unrealistic to expect to get enough of the chemical in your diet.
In this case, we recommend finding one or more ways to consume magnesium outside of your diet. The good news is, magnesium can be ingested or absorbed without sacrificing any of the substance's mood-boosting qualities.
Greenway Biotech has several products to help you supplement the magnesium levels needed to control and elevate your mood. Take a calming bath with Epsom salts or magnesium sulfate flakes, or mix our pharmaceutical grade magnesium USP with your smoothies. We also have a transdermal spray offering a convenient solution to magnesium shortages.