By orthomolecular therapist Tanja de Swart from

Magnesium is a mineral involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions/processes in the body. In addition, magnesium is nicknamed the “anti-stress mineral”, but why?

Many studies now show a relationship between stress and magnesium. Not only does your magnesium requirement increase in times of stress, but your susceptibility to stress also increases with a magnesium deficiency. With the risk that you end up in a vicious circle.

There are many forms of Magnesium available, but if you suffer from stress it is good to choose a magnesium form that is linked to the amino acid L-Taurine. You absorb this form more effectively. L-taurine also has a positive effect on the neurotransmitter GABA, which ensures more stress regulation and more rest.

Magnesium also plays an important role in the release of energy from food, the regulation of blood pressure and the transmission of nerve impulses. If you suffer from feelings of stress or an energy shortage, it is possible that your body can use some extra magnesium.

Below are the most common symptoms of a magnesium deficiency:

* stress
* fatigue
* muscle pain/cramp
* insomnia
* restless and/or depressed feelings

Magnesium in food: green leafy vegetables | avocado | nuts | legumes | seeds | pips | bananas | grapes | dark chocolate | figs | oatmeal

Magnesium has low toxicity to people with normal kidney function. There are several drugs that interact with magnesium.
If in doubt about the type/amount and interaction, always check with a doctor or orthomolecular therapist.

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