Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body. It is responsible for the proper functioning of many physical and cognitive functions.
Magnesium supports mood and brain function, and is even known to reduce symptoms of depression. It has also been studied and shows promising results in relieving symptoms of ADHD and anxiety.
Magnesium is also important for heart health, regulation of calcium and potassium, and preventing osteoporosis.
Supplemental magnesium dosage generally ranges from 100 to 350 mg per day, depending on deficiencies and other factors.
Mode of Action
Magnesium is an essential mineral that activates hundreds of reactions in the body and influences a variety of health functions, such as, transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, mood and cognition, energy production, and bone health.
Magnesium works to aid mood by assisting GABA receptor functioning. The role of GABA is to inhibit or reduce the activity of neurons and in turn promote relaxation and reduce anxiety. Studies show magnesium may also improve physiological regulation of the sympathetic and parasympathetic efferents, which may in turn prevent issues such as restlessness, irritability, lack of concentration, sleep disorder or depression.
Magnesium works by allowing your body to produce more Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF-1), which is known for building muscle growth and strength. Magnesium also works by helping create adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which is known for its critical importance for the storage of energy within cells and the synthesis of RNA.
Magnesium toxicity also known as hypermagnesemia, generally occurs when magnesium is ingested in large supplemental quantities.
The risks of a typically healthy person ever suffering from a hypermagnesemia are very rare because the kidneys work to rid the body of excess magnesium, therefore overdose is most often seen in people with kidney failure.
Daily elemental dosage should not exceed 400 mg unless otherwise advised by a healthcare practitioner.