Magnesium has been popping up a lot on social media lately as a supplement that helps reduce anxiety, a mental health issue that’s become more pertinent because of heightened levels of stress brought on by the pandemic.
More than just the cure de jure, according to The National Center for Biotechnology Information, multiple studies have shown “there is suggestive but inconclusive evidence for a beneficial effect of Mg supplementation in mild anxiety. Similarly the evidence from studies of women who complain of premenstrual symptoms also suggests that Mg could confer benefits.”
The mineral’s profile received a boost on Twitter yesterday from SZA (real name Solána Rowe), who said she’s recently converted from a magnesium sceptic to believer. She wrote, “I honestly thought magnesium for anxiety / stress response was cap … iss not lol highly recommend !” Providing some caution on consuming the essential mineral, she warned, “Jus EAT first.”
SZA’s recommendation is backed up by Mayo Clinic, which notes that that magnesium supplements should be consumed with food to avoid diarrhea.
And while SZA makes use of Lypo-Spheric’s 1,000 gram magnesium packets (below), Mayo Clinic provides recommendations ranging from 20-400 milligrams/day depending on age and sex.