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Stress, Magnesium, and Disease

It is very well documented that magnesium deficiency or imbalance plays a role in the symptoms of mood disorders. Observational and experimental studies have shown an association between magnesium and aggression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, and even schizophrenia.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that about 60% of adults in the United States do not consume the estimated average requirement for magnesium. The RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) for magnesium is between 320-420mg/day for adults. What the USDA is not reporting is that this 60% is based on minimum daily estimates they established, which are terribly low, so actually it’s much higher than 60%. In the best of times magnesium intake from white processed foods is on the level of starvation of this precious and very necessary mineral. It is not farfetched to say that most Americans are actually malnourished and experience magnesium deficiency symptoms because of low magnesium intake.

Anxiety, in particular, is not something you want to treat with prescription drugs. It's not that prescription medications are intrinsically bad; however, they have many harmful side effects and addiction risk that make them less than ideal. The problem is that they don't actually cure the problem. Natural stress relief treatments are much more preferable. They cause no dependency, no side effects, and using them doesn't impact your ability to learn valuable coping strategies, such as relaxation techniques and meditation. Magnesium supplements (or herbal formulations containing magnesium) are a preferred choice for wellness seekers suffering from anxiety disorders.

It must be said that prescription medications are not likely to kill you, but they dull your ability to feel nervous, even in situations that call for it. That's why natural remedies are so valuable. You get an opportunity to relieve anxiety in the present, and can combine it with strategies to cure anxiety forever in the future.

Pharmaceutical companies especially don't want us to know anything about using simple minerals to help depression, reduce violence, reduce stress or stay healthy and out of the doctor's office and out of hospitals. Since the arrival of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors antidepressants (SSRIs) and atypical antipsychotics on the market, countless studies have shown the so-called "new generation" of psychiatric drugs to be ineffective and dangerous but exceptionally profitable. There is no such thing as a substitute for the mineral magnesium. Worldwide, sales of anti-psychotics went from about $263 million in 1986 to about $15 billion today and antidepressant sales went from about $240 million in 1986 to $19 billion today. For these two classes of drugs combined, sales went from $500 million in 1986 to over $34 billion today, almost a 70-fold increase, remarkable. Yet, despite all those heavily prescribed and highly profitable drugs, stress, mental and emotional disturbances are going off the charts.

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