HOW MAGNESIUM HELPS SOLVE ANXIETY DEPRESSION AND INSOMNIA!
By Kerri-Ann Jennings, MS, RD
It Can Help Your Body and Brain Relax
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In order to fall asleep and stay asleep, your body and brain need to relax.
On a chemical level, magnesium aids this process by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, the system responsible for getting you calm and relaxed (6).
First, magnesium regulates neurotransmitters, which send signals throughout the nervous system and brain.
It also regulates the hormone melatonin, which guides sleep-wake cycles in your body.
Second, this mineral binds to gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors. GABA is the neurotransmitter responsible for quieting down nerve activity. It is the same neurotransmitter used by sleep drugs like Ambien.
By helping to quiet the nervous system, magnesium may help prepare your body and mind for sleep.
Summary: Magnesium helps activate neurotransmitters that are responsible for calming the body and the mind.
8 Ways Magnesium Relieves Anxiety and Stress
Magnesium is an essential dietary mineral that is so good for anxiety and stress that it’s been called “nature’s Valium” and “the original chill pill.”
Magnesium is necessary in over 600 metabolic functions, yet it is the second most common nutritional deficiency in developed countries. Over the past 50 years, magnesium intake has plummeted while rates of anxiety have skyrocketed.
This may not be a coincidence.
The correlation between magnesium and anxiety is so strong that researchers can intentionally induce anxiety in lab animals by depriving them of magnesium.