Magnesium & Panic Attacks


You've heard that magnesium and panic attacks may be linked? Magnesium deficiency is thought to contribute to panic attacks in some people. Could you be one of them? It can make sense as one of the effects of magnesium is to help calm nerves and relax muscles.

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Do you have heart palpitations? They are often caused by magnesium deficiency too, and mistaken for anxiety.

There is a great deal of scientific research suggesting that that magnesium can be beneficial in reducing panic attacks. It's inexpensive and since we need it anyway, it's worth exploring.

Magnesium could be the ultimate mineral for your body because it’s an essential part of over 300 essential functions in your body. It's also used by every one of your organs. This mineral is responsible for activating enzymes and helping to metabolize food to give you energy, helping your body supply you with the energy you need to get through your day. Without it your body is not able to absorb vitamin D (it is so important that you have enough of this vitamin for calm happy mood control), potassium, and zinc.


Good Magnesium Sources

Squash and pumpkin seeds, spinach, bananas, almonds, barley, legumes, whole grains and nuts (especially Brazil nuts), are all good sources of magnesium. Generally meat is not, although shellfish and halibut are.

To get your daily dose of magnesium, it is recommended that you be sure to eat 5 or more servings of any of the following:

  • brown rice
  • oatmeal
  • Kidney beans
  • quinoa
  • spinach
  • lentils

Well I don't know about you but some days the above list looks like my "should do" list, not my reality! Yes, I do eat those foods often but I'm quite sure most days I do not get enough magnesium naturally in my diet.

Most of us in the industralized world are deficient in magnesium due to processed foods in the typical American diet. In addition conventional farming methods which use mineral depleted soil don’t provide much magnesium, either. Studies have shown that most people in North America are magnesium deficient; in fact up to 75% of those studied were! So most of us should consider using a supplement.


Panic, Anxiety And Agoraphobia

Panic attacks, anxiety and agoraphobia have been linked to a deficiency in magnesium. Some of the symptoms include numbness, tingling and other 'weird' sensations that are familiar to anxiety sufferers.

Personally, I have had what I call 'electric shocks' and 'mini explosions' that I feel very strongly in my brain. It also feels like I can hear it in my ear. This happens rarely, but it has happened more than once.

These sensations are not frightening (to me). They are more a nuisance and make me very irritable. I've also had feelings of suddenly dropping into a hole and being yanked back, all in a split second, causing me to be startled.

Whether by coincidence or not, these gradually decreased after I increased my magnesium intake. I believe there is a strong magnesium panic attack connection.


Blood Sugar, Magnesium & Panic Attacks

Do you suffer from blood sugar issues? High or low blood sugar can make you feel anxious, shaky, dizzy, light headed. These symptoms can be mistaken for a panic attack. You should know that magnesium plays an essential role in helping your body regulate blood sugar levels. In addition, this mineral helps relax muscles and nerves and helps to ease anxiety, hypertension, restless leg syndrome, abnormal heartbeat and poor sleep patterns.

Generally speaking, taking magnesium supplements can be helpful for anxiety, panic and other mood conditions.


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