Better Nutrition - - TREND WATCH -

We’re snack­ing more of­ten, with 55 per­cent of Amer­i­cans hav­ing a snack two to three times per day, ac­cord­ing to mar­ket re­search fi rm Min­tel. Treat­ing our­selves, tak­ing a break, and re­liev­ing stress are the top three rea­sons. Mag­ne­sium is known to be es­sen­tial for healthy heart rhythm, blood pres­sure, bones, and many other func­tions, and now a study at the Uni­ver­sity of Ver­mont has found that it relieves de­pres­sion. Among a group of 126 women and men, 248 mg daily of el­e­men­tal mag­ne­sium was as ef­fec­tive as the SSRI class of an­tide­pres­sant drugs— with­out the side ef­fects. “The re­sults are very en­cour­ag­ing, given the great need for ad­di­tional treat­ment op­tions for de­pres­sion, and our find­ing that mag­ne­sium sup­ple­men­ta­tion pro­vides a safe, fast, and in­ex­pen­sive approach to con­trol­ling de­pres­sive symp­toms,” says lead re­searcher Emily Tar­leton, RD.

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