Anxiety and depression are two of the most prevalent psychoaffective disorders in modern society. These conditions are marked by reduced intrigue in life, constant hypertension, and an often-haunting inward perspective that can be difficult to surmount. Doctors these days will prescribe SSRIs for a head cold, and rarely ever are reported as getting to know their patients. Health Care programs incentivize brief, cooker-cutter visits to compartmentalize national payment structures. This doesn’t even work on paper anymore, and for certain only holds those suffering from real illnesses from getting the help they need. Fortunately, there has been a great push in the development of new research data related to natural treatments for anxiety and depression. Much of these natural treatment plans involve consideration for diet, with a focus on gut health.
Take The Power Back
Consider the following perspective; people are suffering in the face of complicated healthcare administration and harmful medications. To remove themselves from this negative space, they must first be given a viable alternative. Natural alternatives to patented FDA treatments get little love in the realm of research funding, and often remain little more than folk lore. Claims for natural products are sensationalized by the media, marketers, and often even those desperate for a cure. These types of perspectives do damage to the image of natural treatments in the eyes of those of opposing sentiment, and only serve as echo chambers for those that don’t. The entire discussion of natural vs. pharmaceutical is many times predicated on conspiracy and extremes—as is everything these days. To start a meaningful dialogue, people must come together and discuss potential benefits of natural approaches under a stringent Scientific eye. Likewise, those touting broad sets of data to support pharmaceutical approaches need to consider the likelihood that data can easily be manipulated, FDA approvals can be bought, and opposing research can be controlled.
Magnesium Shown to Treat Depression & Anxiety
Magnesium has been shown as potentially the most important mineral in our body. It’s involved in hundreds of processes that generate energy, metabolize food, regulate body temperature, and many other vital body processes. We get magnesium in our diet from foods like nuts and spinach, though rates of magnesium deficiency have skyrocketed. The most recent data suggests that nearly all Americans are at risk of having such a deficiency. The signs of a magnesium deficiency can be subtle at first; tremors, slight hypertension, constipation, and difficulty sleeping. If not addressed however, any number of health conditions can arise. Magnesium is like the foundation of a building when it comes to our health. If we have a shaky supply, the entire structure of our health can begin to fall apart. We’ll sidestep many of the benefits of magnesium and talk solely about the impact it’s been seen to have on depression and anxiety
A recent study conducted at the University of Vermont found that the addition of 250mg (~60% RDA) magnesium per day lead to a significant reduction of depression and anxiety regardless of age, sex, or race. Another 2006 study presenting case histories found that patients were able to see ‘rapid’ recovery from symptoms of depression after treatments with 125-300mg of magnesium glycinate or taurate with each meal and at bedtime. These two studies help magnify the importance of magnesium’s role in health, specifically as it relates to depression and anxiety. There is an abundant amount of research on the benefits of magnesium, though few researchers bother to explicitly state which type of magnesium they’ve chosen to use. There has been research to suggest that several types of magnesium are very poorly-absorbed, and that other types such as glycinate, taurate, malate, or citrate offer the best absorbed form. The studies that do state which types were used are often known to only test a single variety.
Different Types of Magnesium
There has been some research conducted on the absorbability of different types of magnesium, though only in limited amounts. Among health professionals, nutritionists, and self-reported accounts however, there seems to be a fairly steady consensus. The most popular types of magnesium, in no particular order, are magnesium malate, glycinate, citrate, and threonate. These compounds are often prescribed by health professionals as a means of helping to treat symptoms of magnesium deficiency, and generally have high absorption rates. Magnesium glycinate is particularly effective in the treatment of magnesium deficiencies since it’s known to have a higher bowel tolerance level. Magnesium malate shows tremendous promise in supporting higher energy levels, battling chronic fatigue, and even serving as natural treatment for fibromyalgia! Magnesium threonate is generally regarded as more effective for cognitive enhancing purposes, and is used by many as a nootropic agent. Magnesium Citrate has been shown in research to outperform other forms of magnesium over longer periods of time for absorbability. Each of these compounds offer a tremendous source of magnesium, and the best way to find which one is best for you is to simply start experimenting. The only real side effect with magnesium is large doses can cause diarrhea. If this happens to you, just back down your dosage until you find the amount that works for you!
Magnesium is a powerful example of natural compounds being effective agents for positive health support. Reliance on modern pharmaceuticals has brought about dangerous dependencies and side effects. In contrast, over-sensationalization of natural treatments have portrayed them as offering pharmaceutical-grade action. The truth is somewhere in the middle, and hopefully with more independent research and level-minded discussion we can start to define where.