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Magnesium: it’s essential for over 800 enzymatic reactions in the body, and is vital for good overall health. Yet over a third of Canadians aren’t getting enough. Magnesium deficiency can show up in a number of ways–muscle cramping, fatigue, high blood pressure, and even stress.

How does magnesium impact stress?

Magnesium helps calm the nervous system in several ways. It stabilizes the membranes of nerve cells, regulates mineral concentrations used for nerve transmission through receptors like NMDA, is a cofactor for GABA, our body’s primary inhibitory neurotransmitter, and promotes serotonin production. It also serves several functions in our endocrine system through the thyroid and adrenal glands. Without these inhibitory actions, our brains cannot relax, leading to anxiety, stress, or panic attacks.

Stress and magnesium deficiency

Prolonged periods of stress are associated with low magnesium levels, due to an increased elimination of magnesium from the body. This leads to a deficiency, resulting in an elevated release of stress hormones. It’s a vicious cycle – your body expels excess magnesium as a result of stress, and stress hormones are released more readily when there are low stores of magnesium in the body.

If you’ve been feeling stressed out lately, reach for CanPrev’s Magnesium Stress Release. Along with 80mg of absorbable magnesium bis-glycinate, it’s formulated with ashwagandha, an adaptogen that’s long been used to heal stress, as well as key vitamins B5, B6, and C for quelling stress hormone production. It’s the ideal combination for soothing stress and promoting better sleep, concentration, and energy.