You often hear this sentence from your dearest and elderly people who give you advice when you are not feeling well mentally and physically. You think to yourself –  Give me a break, I’ll take it – and in the end you don’t even take it.

However, you should put your finger on your forehead and ask yourself why they are giving you such advice. There are indeed many benefits of taking vitamins. Recent research has shown that vitamins can play a major role in treating anxiety and depression.

Take Magnesium for example. Magnesium is a mineral that plays an important role in many body and nervous functions. Now you think – Yeah, sure, I will take magnesium and I will feel awesome – but magnesium really has a great impact in the following way:

1 Stimulates the production of neurotransmitters, the so-called Gamma-aminobutyric acid, which relaxes the brain.

2 Prevents inflammation – inflammation is caused by cytokines that contribute to mental disorders as well as suicidal thoughts. Magnesium has an anti-inflammatory effect and makes you feel calm.

3 Increases serotonin levels which contribute to the treatment of depression and anxiety

4 Regulates blood sugar levels – if you eat properly and maintain your magnesium levels, be sure your blood sugar level will be stable.

5 Relaxes muscles – if your muscles are tight, you will have cramps. This means that you lack magnesium and then the body produces more adrenaline and cortisol, which are considered to be stress hormones. Elevated cortisol contributes to depression and anxiety. Taking magnesium relaxes muscles and prevents these consequences.

Food rich in magnesium is: spinach, chard, peas, broccoli, kale, (black) beans, lentils, almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, peanuts, avocados, bananas, strawberries, blackberries, meat, cocoa, yogurt, figs, dark chocolate, brown rice and oats.

All sorts of delicious things can be made out of the abovementioned food. Straight to the kitchen and healthy food!


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