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Low Magnesium Increases Risk of Depression in Women

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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.

Reference

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

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