Magnesium and Stress: Unraveling the Vicious Circle

Magnesium and Stress: Unraveling the Vicious Circle

Stress and magnesium deficiency are prevalent concerns that pose significant health risks over time. The intricate relationship between these two factors has been the subject of extensive research, highlighting a bidirectional influence where each exacerbates the other, forming a vicious cycle. This comprehensive review delves into the critical role magnesium plays in modulating the physiological stress response, underscoring its inhibitory effect on stress regulation and neurotransmission.

The Magnesium-Stress Interaction

Magnesium's influence on stress is profound, with studies showing that adequate magnesium levels can dampen the body's stress response. Conversely, psychological stress can lead to increased magnesium loss, potentially leading to deficiency. This deficiency, in turn, makes the body more susceptible to stress, perpetuating a cycle of stress and magnesium loss.

Breaking the Cycle

Understanding the magnesium and stress vicious circle is crucial for developing strategies to break this cycle. Magnesium supplementation has emerged as a potential avenue to mitigate stress's effects and prevent the consequent magnesium loss. This review revisits and expands on the concept of the magnesium and stress vicious circle with the latest data, providing insights into how dietary intake and supplementation can be optimized to manage stress and improve overall health.


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