If You're Not Getting Enough Of This Nutrient, Your Mood Could Be Suffering*
As most of us are well aware, stress isn't so great for our mood, sleep, digestion, or immune health. And if that weren't enough, stress can also deplete our bodies of certain nutrients they need to thrive, including magnesium.
Key for bone health, energy production, blood sugar regulation, and so much more, magnesium is one essential mineral that you want to have on your side—but our modern-day, stressful lifestyles have been shown to pull on our body's reserves of it1.* And here's the real kicker: Having low magnesium levels also seems to make us more susceptible to feeling stressed out. Researchers have dubbed this a vicious circle2: Stress lowers our magnesium count, but we need to have enough magnesium to fight stress3.*
This means that to keep up with all the stressors of today, you'll want to make sure that you're getting enough magnesium.* One way to do this is by consuming more magnesium-rich foods like leafy greens, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains. However, a large proportion of the population in Western countries4 doesn't get enough magnesium from diet alone—which is where supplements can come in.
How supplementing with magnesium affects stress.
Taking a high-quality magnesium supplement (check out mbg's top 16 picks of this year) daily can help ensure that your levels are where they need to be. Not only will this help your body perform the essential processes it needs to thrive, but it can also take the edge off stress or anxiousness you may be feeling.* Magnesium calms us down in a few ways. For starters, it inhibits excitatory neurotransmitters5 that rev us up and activates the brain receptors and pathways that calm us down.* It's also been shown to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol6.*
There are many forms (i.e., complexes) of magnesium supplements, with magnesium bisglycinate, magnesium citrate, and magnesium oxide being a few of the most common and readily available. Of these, bisglycinate is the most highly absorbable type of magnesium supplement. It's what you'll find in mindbodygreen's sleep support+, which also contains calming jujube and PharmaGABA® to enhance sleep.*
This trio of ingredients makes sleep support+ a good option for anyone who struggles to slow down their mind before bed.* Its calming properties can reduce any stress that might get in the way of rest, making it easier to fall asleep fast—and stay asleep through the night.*
As reviewer Katie M. writes, "This product has been amazing. I have always been a light sleeper with my brain waking me up, especially during stressful times and now with this product even if I do wake up I can get back to sleep easily. I feel much more rested like I am getting a deeper sleep. I highly recommend!"*
Making sure that you're taking in enough magnesium is one way to help your body deal with the stressors of everyday life. If you're in the market for a new magnesium supplement that also promotes rest and relaxation, here's more information about mbg's bestseller.*
Emma Loewe is the Sustainability and Health Director at mindbodygreen and the author of Return to Nature: The New Science of How Natural Landscapes Restore Us. She is also the co-author of The Spirit Almanac: A Modern Guide To Ancient Self Care, which she wrote alongside Lindsay Kellner.
Emma received her B.A. in Environmental Science & Policy with a specialty in environmental communications from Duke University. In addition to penning over 1,000 mbg articles on topics from the water crisis in California to the rise of urban beekeeping, her work has appeared on Grist, Bloomberg News, Bustle, and Forbes. She's spoken about the intersection of self-care and sustainability on podcasts and live events alongside environmental thought leaders like Marci Zaroff, Gay Browne, and Summer Rayne Oakes.