Panic. Dread. That tight feeling in your chest. The inability to catch your breath. These symptoms, and more, are what those who suffer from anxiety deal with on a regular basis. If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, you are not alone. In fact, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America points out just how common anxiety is, “Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population… Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment… Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.” If you suffer from symptoms of anxiety, or have a diagnosed anxiety disorder, it is important to discuss potential treatment options with your physician. While there are a variety of prescription medications available, if you are looking for a more natural approach, there are an assortment of natural supplements that can be used in the treatment of anxiety.
Magnesium is a mineral that is commonly found in foods such as pumpkin seeds, spinach, chard, sesame seeds, quinoa, black beans, cashews, navy beans and more. While magnesium is fairly common and easy to get from food sources, many are actually magnesium deficient. CNN points out just how common the deficiency is, ” Feeling exhausted? Or noticing weird muscle cramps that are throwing off your workouts? You might be suffering from a magnesium deficiency. Dubbed the “invisible deficiency” by some experts because it’s so hard to spot and diagnose, magnesium deficiencies are more dangerous than you might think. “Magnesium is involved in over 300 biochemical reactions in your body. It affects everything from your heartbeat to your muscles to your hormones,” says Dr. Danine Fruge, Associate Medical Director at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami, Florida. Between making sure to get enough fiber in your diet and trying not skimp on iron, monitoring your magnesium intake can easily fall through the cracks. “Studies have shown that only about 25% of U.S. adults are at or above the recommended daily amount of 310 to 320 milligrams for women and 400 to 420 for men,” says Fruge. In fact, the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) revealed that at least half of the U.S. population had inadequate intakes of magnesium.”
If you are like millions of Americans, you may also be deficient in magnesium and that may be negatively impacting your ability to manage anxiety and stress. Fortunately, by adding a magnesium supplement to your daily routine, you may be able to treat and manage your anxiety more effectively so that you can get back to enjoying your life. Before beginning any new supplement, it is important to consult your physician to ensure adding a supplement is safe for you based on your personal health history. Calm Clinic, an online resource for anxiety and panic disorders, explains how magnesium works to reduce anxiety, “The use of magnesium for anxiety has caught on recently, as studies have shown that millions of people are deficient as a result of magnesium getting stripped from diets. Since magnesium affects nerve health, blood health, and more, there is reason to believe that low magnesium levels may be responsible for some anxiety symptoms – especially with panic disorder.”