In my book, The Magnesium Miracle, Chapter 3 is all about Anxiety and Depression. In the introduction I say: “When the adrenals are no longer protected by sufficient magnesium, the fight or flight hormones adrenaline and noradrenaline become more easily triggered, and when they surge erratically, they cause a rapid pulse, high blood pressure, and heart palpitations. In fact, the more magnesium deficient you are, the more exaggerated is the adrenaline release. There are over a dozen major metabolic processes that are affected by adrenaline. Each of these functions requires magnesium and leads to wasting of this important mineral if the symptoms continue. Magnesium calms the nervous system and relaxes muscle tension, helping reduce anxiety and panic attacks.”
Anyone can suffer from anxiety. This is a Saturday blog – maybe you were out on the town last night and this morning woke up feeling anxious and jittery – that’s magnesium deficiency.
Much to their horror, athletes have a high incidence of anxiety. And athletes prove the magnesium deficiency and anxiety connection. Athletes burn off a lot of magnesium and lose more through excessive sweating. When electrolytes are replaced with salt and sodium and no magnesium, the long-term side effect is magnesium deficiency and anxiety along with a dozen other symptoms.
In Game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday night LeBron James was forced to miss the final minutes because of cramping and was helped off the court. IN A WORD – MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY.
A grade school teacher in his mid 40’s said he was in the middle of a panic attack when I called him for his first consult. Luckily he had Epsom salts on hand. I told him to immediately pour a bath and put in the whole bag of salts and sit over the edge with his feet and lower legs in the water. Within minutes his panic attack subsided and he received instantaneous confirmation that magnesium would treat his anxiety and he was able to wean off his medications with proper magnesium supplementation.
What can you take for anxiety besides anti-anxiety drugs? Google has become a tool to find endless lists of remedies for endless lists of health problems. But in the case of anxiety, listing the ten top supplements can make you even more anxious because you don’t know what to choose or you think you have to purchase all of them to find relief.
Hands down, bar none and without a doubt, the top supplement for anxiety is Magnesium and in my experience, if it doesn’t work that means you haven’t taken enough. I tell my clients to get a magnesium RBC blood test and determine their own levels. Without a doctor’s prescription you can order the test through Request A Test. Using your zip code they will send you to a nearby blood draw station. It costs only $49.00 and you get your results within 72 hours. The magnesium RBC range is 4.2-6.8mg/dL, but that’s for the sick population, 80% of whom are deficient in magnesium! Knowing that, aim for an optimum of 6.0-6.5mg/dL.
You can do Epsom salts or magnesium flakes baths; you can take oral magnesium pills, powders or tablets, but many people need high doses of magnesium to reach therapeutic levels. High doses of magnesium for me and many people gives us the laxative effect before the therapeutic effect. That’s why I created ReMag and recommend it to my clients. It’s 100% absorbed at the cellular level and helps support the adrenals, relaxes the muscles and soothes the nervous system. It’s helps you sleep at night and gives you energy during the day. It’s a life saver.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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