Low Magnesium Increases Risk of Depression in Women

low magnesium depression women

A beneficial role for greater magnesium intake and higher serum magnesium levels in the prevention of depression was suggested in a study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders.*

The study included 17,730 participants in the 2007–2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

Researchers found a lower risk of depression among women who had a higher intake of magnesium.

Individuals who were among the top 25% of magnesium consumers had an adjusted risk of depression that was 53% less than those who were among the lowest 25%.

Editor’s Note: The study contributes to the ever-expanding body of evidence in support of optimal magnesium intake and periodic magnesium blood testing, and it supports the inclusion of depression on the list of conditions benefitted by magnesium.


*J Affect Disord. 2019 Mar 1;246:627-632.

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