Magnesium is the second most important mineral to take as a supplement. The most commonly deficient mineral is zinc. Our food is grown in soil depleted of magnesium, because of chemical fertilizers. Our grandparents didn’t have this problem – they didn’t have so much depression, either.
Patients with depression can be helped with magnesium.
It has been known for almost a hundred years that magnesium can help in relaxing and getting sleep. It is helpful in depression, anxiety, headache and memory loss. It is also useful in chronic stress, because the adrenal glands use magnesium.
Could you believe that green leafy vegetables play a role here again! They are just incredibly healthy, what can I say? Green vegetables, especially dark, leafy ones, are rich in magnesium – this mineral is part of the “green molecule”, the chlorophyll. Also seeds and nuts are excellent sources of magnesium.
Sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds are food for the mind, because of magnesium as well as the good oils in them!
Those who train a lot physically, usually know to take extra magnesium. The muscles need it. Taking it prevents muscle pain and helps recovery after hard training. It is difficult to be relaxed if your muscles are all tensed. Magnesium helps!
If you have a tendency for depression, eat enough green vegetables! At least one big plateful every day, always with olive or rape-seed oil on the top, maybe nuts, too. If you don’t fall asleep, take magnesium ( 300 mg ) in the evening, before bedtime. If you have chronic stress, you need more magnesium. Never take more than 350 mg a day as supplements.
How do you know, if the intake of magnesium is too high? It’s simple: it will cause diarrhea. So, having too little can be a cause of constipation.
Take care! Remember to eat green, again! I love the green stuff, as you have noticed by now…