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6 Facts About Magnesium and Depression

By    |   Tuesday, 31 May 2016 05:15 PM

Getting adequate amounts of magnesium plays a vital role in maintaining mental health, since depression and other forms of mental illness may be among the symptoms of low levels of the mineral in the body.

Because of this relationship, magnesium is sometimes used as means to help treat depression.

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Here are six fascinating facts about magnesium and depression:

1. Magnesium brings on calmness in the nervous system by blocking certain brain receptors and inhibiting neurotransmitters that trigger excitement, says Psychiatry Advisor.

2. Researchers published findings of magnesium’s ability to improve signs of depression in a 2006 report in Medical Hypotheses. Case studies showed rapid recovery in fewer than seven days for major depression by using 125 mg to 300 mg of magnesium during mealtime and bedtime. The researchers report that magnesium deficiency may cause neuron damage, resulting in depression.

3. Magnesium is considered to be a stress antidote by some doctors, writes Therese Borchard for Everyday Health. It has also been called a relaxation mineral. Stress, along with caffeine, sugar and alcohol, can deplete levels of magnesium.

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4. A 2013 review by researchers at the Medical University of Lublin in Poland concluded that magnesium deficiency was associated with different types of depression. They reported in the Pharmacological Reports journal that magnesium has antidepressant properties that influence actions causing the development of depression.

5. Deficiency in magnesium may reduce serotonin levels, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. One study revealed that magnesium was just as effective as tricyclic antidepressants in the treatment of depression for people with diabetes. Antidepressants also help to increase brain magnesium.

6. Magnesium may aid in the body’s stress response, Dr. Emily Deans writes for Psychology Today. The mineral interferes with the ability of the hippocampus in the brain to bring about the release of stress hormones. Magnesium also helps prevent stress hormones from entering into the brain.

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