Magnesium is one of the most abundant essential minerals in the human body and a key cofactor for more than 300 biochemical processes. Among a myriad of properties in humans, magnesium is necessary for healthy muscular contraction, digestion, immune function, neurotransmitter synthesis, neurotransmission, and bone mineralization.
While magnesium is generally present in green vegetables and various beans/lentils, current literature suggests that it is the most common mineral for the population to be deficient in due to continual decreases of natural magnesium content in plant foods (likely arising from modern cultivation processes).
Recent neuropharmacological research has shown that hypomagnesemia (magnesium deficiency) is strongly correlated with feelings of anxiety and even panic attacks. Preliminary evidence suggests that low magnesium status dysregulates the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis - the primary glands responsible for producing stress hormones (i.e. catecholamines).
Clinical researchers postulate that restoring magnesium levels to the normal range promotes healthy cortisol rhythms, thereby alleviating feelings of anxiety and enhancing mood.
Magnesium is also necessary for your body to properly absorb and utilize both calcium and vitamin D3, both which are integral to a multitude of physiological processes and overall well-being.
Best Mood contains one of the most bioavailable forms of magnesium - magnesium glycinate chelate. Be wary of supplements that include magnesium oxide, which has less than 3% bioavailability and is rather useless in humans.
- Mood support: Helps reduce stress and anxiety
- Studies on Magnesium: https://examine.com/supplements/magnesium/
- Sartori, S. B., Whittle, N., Hetzenauer, A., & Singewald, N. (2012). Magnesium deficiency induces anxiety and HPA axis dysregulation: modulation by therapeutic drug treatment. Neuropharmacology, 62(1), 304-312.