Magnesium is truly a magical mineral!
It is important for so many aspects of health. This mineral is involved in more than 300 enzyme reactions in the body. It is important for muscle and nerve functioning, digestive health, bone health, stabilizing blood sugars, and keeping blood pressure at healthy levels. Magnesium levels also affect your brain and your mood, which is why low levels of magnesium are associated with mood disorders from anxiety to depression.
If you have ever asked a nutritional health expert about the best nutritional supplements for STRESS, chances are magnesium is on the list with a notable mention to our supreme B vitamins highlighted a few blog posts ago!
Magnesium deficiency and stress are both common conditions among the general population. This overlap suggests that stress could increase magnesium loss, causing a deficiency; and in turn, magnesium deficiency could enhance the body’s susceptibility to stress – resulting in a vicious cycle!
Numerous studies have investigated the interaction of magnesium with key mediators of the physiological stress response. Overall magnesium helps the brain cope with stressors. It works by helping your body kick into the parasympathetic state, also known as the rest and digest state. When you are stressed, your body is likely in the sympathetic dominant state, also known as the fight or flight state, for prolonged periods of time which over time make you feel run down and tired.
As magnesium helps kick the body into the rest and digest state, it can help you sleep better by having a calming effect on the body. It even has the ability to regulate the sleep hormone melatonin, which tells your body you’re tired and it’s time to sleep.
There’s even research that magnesium intake helped improve heart rate variability (HRV) scores, which are representative of how well your body can adapt to stress!
While there are so many benefits to this magical mineral, there are several forms out there all with different dosages. Talk to your naturopathic doctor about which is right for you!