MAGNESIUM RELIEVES DEPRESSION
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.