My mood is better. I sleep much better. I wake up with more energy in the morning. Best of all, I take a fizzy powdered magnesium that tastes like rasberry lemonade when mixed with water. It helps me avoid soda.
So I wondered if scientific research suggests magnesium is effective in treating depression. I found some.
And I found some more.
Here are a few of the interesting things I’ve learned about magnesium that might warrant further research.
Magnesium is among the most essential minerals for all functions in the body, not the least of which is brain function.
Although this mineral is crucial to our mental health, deficiency is common, as processed foods tend to wipe out vital nutrients.
The first documented benefits of the application of magnesium to treat depression occurred 100 years ago.
Integrative doctors and nutritionists worldwide commonly recommend magnesium supplementation to their patients.
Doctor Carolyn Dean wrote an immensely popular book called The Magnesium Miracle that has over 500 reviews on Amazon, with a 4.5 star average.
The National Institute of Health has a great fact sheet on magnesium here.
Psychology Today blogger Emily Deans, MD, called magnesium the brain’s ‘chill pill’ and wrote a great piece about it.
Amazon’s highest rated magnesium supplements come with hundreds and hundreds or raving reviews, many of which testify to the mood benefits.
Is magnesium worth a try for your mood? Given the relatively low expense, lack and high degree of safety, it should be.