The Importance of Taking Calcium Magnesium and Its Benefits to Depression and Anxiety
Magnesium is an essential mineral and electrolyte needed by the body. Around 50 – 60% of the body’s magnesium is stored in the bones. Magnesium plays an important role as a cofactor in hundreds of the body’s enzyme reactions.
Magnesium contributes towards
Nerve health – it helps to regulate neurotransmitters that send messages throughout the brain and nervous system.
Muscle health – it is a part of the contraction/relaxation of muscles
Heart health & blood pressure regulation
Cellular energy production – converting the food we eat into energy
Along with Calcium; Magnesium also contributes greatly towards the maintenance of bone health, and preventing osteoporosis. Magnesium is needed because it helps with the calcium regulation. It is widely recommended that for anyone taking calcium supplements they should also take magnesium as well to ensure that calcium intake is properly metabolised – Without magnesium a high intake of calcium can increase the risk of arterial calcification, which can be a factor in cardiovascular disease.
Hellenia Calcium-Magnesium complex capsules also include Vitamin D3 which is as well needed for helping with the absorption of the calcium. Just 2 capsules twice a day gives you 100% of your daily requirements of these important minerals and vitamins.
As well as the important health benefits already discussed research suggests Magnesium may help fight anxiety. Research has shown that Magnesium plays a role in controlling the part of the brain that regulates the adrenal and pituitary activity, which is considered to be a main stress response system in the body.
Notably magnesium’s effects on relaxation have led it to become a popular sleep aid. Its effects on calming the nervous system helps the body and brain to relax and prepare for sleep. It also helps to regulate melatonin levels, which is the hormone that controls our sleep-wake cycle. Insufficient magnesium intake can be linked to sleep problems.
Given the high level of pressure, and stresses we are exposed to in this modern day world, science is keen to extend studies into Magnesium and its links to brain function and mood. Data has linked low levels of Magnesium with a greater risk of depression.
Good sources of magnesium include nuts, seeds and dark green veg such as spinach and broccoli; and a pleasant surprise to many of us - it can even be found in dark chocolate.
If you do find it difficult to increase your intake through whole foods then supplementation can be a suitable way to go. For those that need it, we have a complete Calcium-Magnesium & Vitamin D supplement available in capsule format, click here for more details.
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