Magnesium may be suitable in treatment for moderate depression

Magnesium may be suitable in treatment for moderate depression

Magnesium seems to be a safe and effect means for the treatment of mild to moderate depression.

The mineral plays a role in fighting inflammation in the body and in the regulation of blood pressure and is necessary in building of muscles and bones.

Emily Tarleton of the university of Vermont did together with colleagues, research into the effect of magnesiumtabletten without prescription can be bought, on mild to moderate depression.

It turned out that magnesium is a safe and effective and that the effects can be compared to that of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (ssris, a type of antidepressants), they write in PLoS One.

Researchers studied 126 adults with an average age of 52 years old, of whom 38 percent are men. A part of them was six weeks long, 248 milligrams of magnesium per day is administered, while another part of the participants a placebo. All the participants were once in the two weeks questioned about the symptoms of their depression.


From the research came forward that the use of magnesium in 112 participants after six weeks resulted in a significant improvement of depression and angstsymptomen. The positive effects were soon – after two weeks – noticeable. Furthermore, the supplements by all participants, regardless of age, gender or the use of antidepressants.

“This is the first randomized clinical study looking at the effects of magnesiumsupplementen on symptoms of depression in the United States,” says Tarleton. “The results are encouraging, given the need for additional treatment methods for depression.”

According to Tarleton further research should take place under a larger and more diverse research group.

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