Magnesium & stress

Magnesium & stress

Does magnesium help against stress? Find out more about the “anti-stress mineral”.

For many people, stress is part of everyday life. They struggle to reconcile the demands of family, friends and career. However, this constant stress has an impact on our health – in different ways. Everyone who suffers from stress knows sleep and concentration problems. But if they take care to ensure a balanced magnesium intake, which is increased in times of stress, they can help support the normal function of the nervous system.

Magnesium against stress

The body reacts to stress by secreting stress hormones such as adrenaline and noradrenaline, which expand the bronchia and raise the blood pressure and heart rate. More oxygen is sent to the muscles and the brain. This was a life-saving reaction in times long past, when we had to escape from predators in the wild. Nowadays, although the causes of stress are usually less dangerous, but the adrenaline levels remain high. Therefore, we have to use other strategies to reduce stress.

Magnesium is regarded as the “anti-stress mineral” since it regulates the secretion of stress hormones: In times of increased stress more of the mineral is used – and required – by the body.

6 tips for relieving stress

  • 1.
    Regular exercise

    Regular exercise

  • 2.
    A hot bath

    A hot bath

  • 3.
    A good book

    A good book

  • 4.
    Meeting friends

    Meeting friends

  • 5.
    Progressive muscle relaxation

    Progressive muscle relaxation

  • 6.
    Autogenic training

    Autogenic training

How much magnesium should be taken in stressful periods?

The German Nutrition Society (DGE) and the Food and Nutrition Board (FNB)* recommend adults a daily magnesium intake of 300 mg to 400 mg of magnesium depending on their age and gender. The need can be increased, in times of stress.

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

*Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (USA)