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Magnesium is required for psychological function and the normal functioning of the nervous system.*

Several studies have been undertaken on the effects of low magnesium levels within certain populations with mental health problems. One study (Barragán-Rodríguez et al, 2008) looked at whether magnesium supplements could help in the treatment of newly diagnosed depression in the elderly with type 2 diabetes and low magnesium levels.

Twenty-three elderly patients with type 2 diabetes and low magnesium levels were enrolled and randomly allocated to receive either 450 mg of elemental magnesium or an antidepressant daily for 12 weeks.

A low blood magnesium level was defined by blood serum magnesium levels lower than 1.8 mg/dL, and depression by ‘Yasavage and Brink score’ at 11 points or over. The results were classified according to the change in depression level.

After 12 weeks, the researchers found that magnesium supplementation was as effective in the treatment of depressed elderly type 2 diabetics with low magnesium levels as an antidepressant.

Altruvita Magnesium contains 60 x 50mg magnesium bisglycinate capsules, meaning it is a high quality and high absorbing form of magnesium rather than the cheap oxide types. You can match your dose to your specific needs, and it’s vegan approved too. A single pot of Altruvita Magnesium costs £10.95.