Anxiety is one of the the leading health issues around the world, with millions of people from all walks of life suffering from its debilitating effects. (2004, World Health Organisation, Global burden of disease report.) Some of the variations of anxiety disorder include; Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Hypochondriac. Often the way that mainstream deals with anxiety is to label it as a mental health issue. Sufferers will head to the emergency department with pain in their chests, trouble breathing and shaking, only to be told that it is all in their heads. The problem with anxiety is that it manifests itself physically, as the body and mind are intertwined. The physical symptoms produced by induced panic states can be so debilitating that the sufferer often feels they are suffering a dire medical emergency.
Despite anxiety being one of the more prevalent conditions in modern society, it is not understood well. My personal belief as an aspiring Naturopath and anxiety sufferer for most of my adult life, is that there are underlying, minor physical conditions that can contribute to anxiety disorders. Humans are a complex organism where one aspect be it emotional, spiritual or physical will affect the other.
During my own evolving journey, I have discovered how beneficial magnesium supplements are for anxiety. This actually happened by accident, as during my third pregnancy, I began having severe leg cramps. I started doing some research and discovered that cramps are often a sign of magnesium deficiency. The other symptoms of magnesium deficiency ticked the box for me also, particularly, anxiety, irritability and headaches. I also discovered that the requirements for magnesium increase when a woman is pregnant or breastfeeding.
While taking a supplement of magnesium alone is not the entire answer to solving all your anxiety problems, science has found an important link between a lack of magnesium in the body and anxiety and depression. (http://george-eby-research.com/html/magnesium-for-depression.pdf) Most people cannot get the amount of magnesium through diet alone, that goes for us healthy eaters too. It is worth looking into, particularly if you haven’t investigated minerals in the body before and are looking at ways to improve the health of your nervous system and cardiac system.
After much thorough research, I realised that not all magnesium supplements are created equal. The magnesium needs to be bio available. Most of the supplements available are in the form of magnesium oxide, which is not absorbed by the body. The three best forms of magnesium that are bio-available for the body to absorb are Magnesium Orotate, Magnesium Citrate and Magnesium Gluconate. It is important to read the back of supplements to find which form the mineral is in, so you know whether or not it is going to be absorbed by the body.
Magnesium supplementation may not improve symptoms right away, it usually takes at least a week to a few weeks for the body to adjust levels. The main area where magnesium is stored is the skeletal system, so allow time for it to replenish. It is also important to note that magnesium can be depleted through stress and exertion, so depending on your individual needs you may need more or less in a supplement.
Magnesium is generally considered safe, although it would be wise to consult with a health professional before starting to take it. This is especially true if you are on other medications. You can purchase magnesium from my store here.
I have been taking magnesium supplements daily for over two years and it has helped tremendously with my anxiety and muscle cramps. I find that when I do have a panic attack, I am able to get through it better and calm down faster.
Wishing you well on your health journey
By Mindy Bridgeman