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Can Magnesium Help With Stress?

Magnesium regulates over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. One of the main functions of magnesium is to help relax muscles. Evidence has shown that taking magnesium supplements may also help people with moderate stress levels. One study showed that people with sufficient intake of magnesium perceive have a more positive outlook on life1. Participants with low magnesium levels also have a higher amount of cortisol (the stress hormone) and described life as stressful1. Eating foods that are high in magnesium, such as green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains is ideal. However, many people will need to take supplements to get sufficient magnesium.

The recommended daily dose of magnesium varies based upon the one’s weight. To have healthy muscles and a healthy stress response, you should receive 6-12mg/kg (1kg=2.2 pounds) per day. When you have reached the maximum amount of magnesium that the body can use, you may experience loose stools. If this occurs, decrease the dosage to the previous amount that didn’t cause a problem. Be sure you choose a form of magnesium that your body can use- avoid magnesium oxide.

CarePro Pharmacies and CarePro Advance Health carry soluble magnesium salts available in capsules, powders in a variety of flavors, topical gels or tablets! Connect with a CarePro pharmacist at [email protected] for more information.

Works Cited
1. Fabregas, Servio, Castro, Malnagro, Antonio, Izquierdo, & Rueda. (2013). Chronic Stress and Calcium Oxalate Stone Disease: Influence on Blood Cortisol and Urine Composition. Urology, 1246-1254.
2. Gaby, A. R. (2011). Nutrional Medicine. Concord: Fritz Perlberg Publishing.
3. Lakhan, S., & Vieira, K. (2010). Nutritional and herbal supplements for anxiety and anxiety-related disorders; systematic review. Nutrition Journal.
4. Natural Standard: The Authority on Integrative Medicine. (2014). Magnesium.