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The Benefits of Magnesium on Mental Health and Neurotransmitters in Functional Psychiatry

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the role of micronutrients in mental health, particularly within the field of functional psychiatry. Among these micronutrients, magnesium has gained attention for its potential impact on mental well-being and neurotransmitter function.

Magnesium Plays an Important Role in Mental Health

Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a crucial role in numerous physiological processes, including neurotransmission, energy production, and stress response. In the context of mental health, magnesium has been implicated in the regulation of mood, stress, and cognitive function. Studies have suggested that low magnesium levels may be associated with an increased risk of depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric disorders, highlighting the potential significance of this mineral in maintaining emotional well-being.

One of the key ways through which magnesium influences mental health is by modulating neurotransmitter activity. Neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, dopamine, and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), are critical for regulating mood, cognition, and emotional stability. Magnesium is known to exert influence over these neurotransmitter systems, with research indicating that it may enhance the function of GABA receptors, thereby promoting relaxation and reducing anxiety. Additionally, magnesium has been shown to play a role in the synthesis and release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter closely linked to mood regulation.

Magnesium can easily be obtained through diet but many people don’t reach the recommended Daily Value (DV) of 420 milligrams (mg).  Here are some foods that are high in magnesium to help increase your intake:



Dark Chocolate

Fatty Fish

Leafy Greens


Nuts and Seeds

Whole grains


If magnesium is something you’d like to consider adding to your treatment regimen schedule an appointment with one of our providers today to learn more.

 Disclaimer: Although supplements do not require a prescription from a licensed healthcare professional, it is still important to consult with a qualified licensed professional to determine the appropriateness of supplementation based on individual health considerations and potential interactions with other treatments.



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