How Magnesium Can Help With Nervous Stress

If you're one of the almost 40 million Americans that struggle with nervous stress1, then you are likely open to trying an all-natural remedy. Magnesium, one of nature's natural relaxants, plays a role in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body2. This mineral helps regulate processes like blood pressure, energy production, muscle relaxation, and blood sugar balance, just to name a few. It's pretty well known that magnesium is used for sleep3, but did you know it may also help with stress and worry?

Many of us are likely low in magnesium4, thanks to soil depletion5 and a standard American diet (refined and processed foods) that's basically devoid of magnesium. With over 3,700 magnesium-binding sites in your body6, a magnesium deficiency can affect your health in numerous ways, including your mental health.

The parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) is our body's "rest and digest" system that works to keep us calm. Magnesium plays a big role in the health and activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, as well as the nervous system in general. Studies show that a deficiency in magnesium can induce the part of the nervous system that is in charge of our fight-or-flight response7.

Several studies have shown magnesium to be beneficial for improvements in sense of calm, contentment, and resilience8. This might have something to do with magnesium being an important cofactor in the creation of serotonin and dopamine, two neurotransmitters that play a big role in mood and relaxation. Magnesium also influences the activity of GABA, the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain that helps promote calm. There's evidence that magnesium may be beneficial for those experiencing mild mental stresss.9,10

You can get more magnsium by eating magnesium-rich foods like spinach, pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate, and legumes like black beans and lentils. You can also boost your magnesium intake with our Magnesium supplement, made with magnesium-rich organic vegetables and organic seeds like spinach, swiss chard, okra, quinoa, black bean, pumpkin seed, sunflower seed, and flaxseed.

4. Therapeutic uses of magnesium, 2009 Jul 15;80(2):157-62