Anxiety is worse than the butterflies in your stomach. It “kills” your mood and your appetite, and affects your overall well-being. Anxiety affects your health directly, causing numerous complications and even chronic ailments. It’s a condition that worsens existing symptoms, and may even lead to death.
Dealing with anxiety on stressful days is common, but sometimes the situation gets out of control. Unfortunately, millions of people struggle with anxiety and experts may have a solution to this problem. Do you know that your anxiety may be caused by nutrient deficiency?
Magnesium: The Ultimate Stress Killer
According to experts, the recommended daily intake of magnesium for adults is 320-420mg. However, Americans take an average of 250mg. Whole grains are a strong source of this mineral, but we don’t really eat whole grains. Most of use use refined flours, which is one of the reasons that makes you deficient in magnesium.
The human body stores magnesium in bones and some cells. In other words, you can’t do a simple blood test to determine if you lack magnesium. Health practitioners tend to diagnose the deficiency through a process of elimination and they also focus on the symptoms. Here are some of the most common symptoms of magnesium deficiency:
- Muscle cramps
- Muscle weakness
- High blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeat
In 2017, Neil Bernard Boyle, Clare Lawton and Lousie Dye of the University of Leeds conducted a scientific review and found enough evidence to prove that magnesium may help those dealing with anxiety. About half of the studies these experts conducted suggest that magnesium can be an efficient remedy for general anxiety, premenstrual syndrome and hypertension. Post-partum anxiety is the only anxiety-related condition that can’t be treated with magnesium.
Magnesium is important for the normal function of enzymes in human body. It has a big role in metabolism, nervous system, and tissues.
As mentioned before, millions of people deal with magnesium deficiency, and supplementation is one of the ways to treat it. Magnesium treats anxiety, and provides numerous other benefits.
– Strengthens bones
– Prevents the formation of kidney stones
– Clears clogged arteries (prevents clogging)
– Prevents migraine
– Soothes PMS symptoms
– Improves sleep
Stress-relieving magnesium gums
This simple remedy can help you get enough magnesium and relieve anxiety.
- 5 tbsp magnesium citrate
- 3 tbsp organic gelatin powder
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 1 tbsp raw honey (maple syrup)
- A pinch of salt
Vegans can use agar-agar powder instead of gelatin.
Slowly stir the magnesium citrate into your lemon juice.
Add in the gelatin, and turn the heat on low. The gelatin should be completely dissolved. Add salt and honey and cook until the mixture reduces to ¾ cups.
Transfer the mixture into silicone molds, and keep it in the fridge for 30 minutes. Keep your magnesium gummies in an air-tight container and take up to 5 gummies a day.
You should get about 35 gummies, depending on the size of your molds. Each gummy contains about 70mg elemental magnesium.
Magnesium also comes packed with some side effects. High amounts of magnesium may provide a laxative effect in people. Don’t take more than 5 gummies a day. Start off with 1-2 gummies, and increase the amount gradually.