Magnesium & depression

Magnesium deficiency & depression

Find out here how magnesium can help relieve depression and sleep disorders.

Depression is a widespread problem, affecting around 4 million of the population in Germany for example. And its prevalence is increasing from year to year. The causes of depression can vary greatly.

Scientific studies have shown that people with depression often have a magnesium deficiency, and that a magnesium deficiency increases the risk of developing depression. It has been found that taking magnesium supplements for several weeks has a positive effect on symptoms of depression and feelings of anxiety. Magnesium has an antidepressive effect comparable to the antidepressant drug Imipramine. Magnesium is therefore a useful concomitant treatment for people suffering from depression.

Magnesium for sleep disorders

Many people suffer from sleep disorders: they may have difficulty falling asleep, wake up frequently or have a lack of deep sleep. The next day they feel terrible and are unable to perform effectively. Studies have demonstrated that magnesium can improve sleep quality. It inhibits the secretion of stress hormones and thus can have a positive impact on sleep disorders. People with insomnia should therefore ensure a high dose magnesium intake.

Effects of sleep disorders

  • Loss of performance
  • Irritability
  • Tension
  • Fatigue


Magnesium: the right dose

You should take at least 300 mg of magnesium a day to prevent any magnesium deficiency in the first place. The World Health Organisation (WHO) specifies a daily dose of 300 mg magnesium to treat magnesium deficiency. Taking supplements can also be helpful at times of stress, during exercise or in old age.

Diasporal®’s magnesium test can help you determine how much magnesium you need.