Oh Magnesium, How We Love You So!

April 12, 2021

Author: Angela Trotter, M.S., CNS, AFMCP, Clinical Functional Nutritionist

Magnesium is a vital mineral necessary for over 300 enzymatic reactions within the body. Magnesium can be depleted by coffee, stress, and continually elevated cortisol levels. Our modern lifestyles are full of chronic stress that can be very demanding to the nervous system. Magnesium can be a beneficial support mineral to modulate some of these common stress responses.

Magnesium supports the nervous system by maintaining a balance between GABA (calming neurotransmitter), and Glutamate (excitatory neurotransmitter). It also plays a role in regulating other neurotransmitters in the brain such as serotonin and dopamine. Magnesium is vital for the appropriate transmission of nerve impulses and is also shown to counter neuroinflammation commonly associated with depression. Therefore, magnesium can be a great addition to your regimen if you experience greater sensitivity to stress, are experiencing heightened stress or chronic stress, or experience anxiety and/or depression.

We see magnesium being a common nutrient deficiency, especially due to depleted soil levels of this powerful mineral. Although supplementation may be necessary there are various food sources of magnesium that include: kelp, almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, pecans, walnuts, tofu (organic or fermented preferably), soybeans, brown rice, figs, dates, collard greens, shrimp, avocado, parsley, beans, dandelion greens, and garlic.

Have specific questions about how to incorporate this mineral into your diet? Contact Angela Today

Author: Angela Trotter, M.S., CNS, AFMCP, Clinical Functional Nutritionist

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