With everything going on in the world today, it’s not surprising that many people are experiencing anxiety and want to know how to address their anxieties in a natural way. I would like to talk to you about that very subject and how it can be managed through the use of natural minerals and vitamins.
I am the first to admit that our profession is often too quick to prescribe potent anti-depressants, often with unwanted side effects, but there are other ways.
There is extensive research to show that many simple vitamins and minerals, as well as some plant extracts, can have a dramatic effect on moods and feelings of anxiety, virtually ridding you of panic attacks. The use of magnesium, combined with vitamins B9 and B12 has proven very beneficial for anxiety and depression, as well as plant extracts such as Passionflower. Let me explain more.
Vitamin B9, which is often referred to as the happiness vitamin, indirectly facilitates the synthesis of dopaminne and serotonin. Dopaminne boosts mood, motivation and attention while serotonin regulates sleep patterns. And the effects of Vitamin B9 are greatly enhanced when combined with B12.
The plant extract Passion flower contains many flavonoids, and evidence suggests that the flavonoids “chrysin” and “benzoflavone” may be the primary flavonoids in passion flower that are responsible for decreasing anxiety.
In addition to all of the above, one of the most understated roles of Magnesium is its ability to activate the Vitamin D in your body, whether you get that vitamin D from supplements or from the old-fashioned method of just going out into the sunshine. Vitamin D plays a pivotal role in regulating mood swings and warding off depression, and magnesium enhances the vitamin D in your system in order to allow that to naturally occur.
Of course, Magnesium is responsible for over 300 metabolic functions in the body including the relaxing of soft muscle tissue, which can give you a feeling of overall wellbeing, but it is very important that you choose an activated form of magnesium to ensure good absorption by the body, as plain magnesium often ends up flushing straight through in your urine, giving you that wonderfully bright ‘yellow pee’.
So where can you find all of these in ingredients? Well you could go out and purchase all of the ingredients separately but you still might not get the benefit of the Activated Magnesium and may lose most of the Magnesium in your urine.
There are a couple of good brands of activated Magnesium on the market, including Bioglan and Seeking Heath, but you still need the other B vitamins for anxiety. Personally I always recommend my patients to take a product called ActiveMg, which has all of the key ingredients, including 3 forms of Magnesium, a host of B vitamins including B6, B9 and B12 and the plant extract Passionflower. It’s really purpose built for anxiety, even though the company sells it for a number of other conditions, including Migraine Headaches, RLS and PMS cramps.
ActiveMg is sold in Australia through Global Health Direct and in the USA through Deham Care and I believe consumers in other countries may still be able to purchase through one of these 2 companies and get it shipped.
Australian customers can get a $20 discount off the first bottle by using the discount code NEWSMAKER20 during the buying process. The $20 discount probably provides a little more confidence to try, and I have always liked the fact that both distributors offer a full money back guarantee, but I have not known one of my patients to say it hasn’t helped in some way.
Stay safe and hopefully this has been informative in such a stressful time.
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