Discover the hidden connection between 'grief' symptoms and magnesium deficiency. Uncover the impact of emotional stress and how it can trigger magnesium deficiency. Take control of your health by learning more about this powerful link and finding highly absorbable magnesium supplements. View in browser 

Do I Need a Magnesium Supplement? And What Form is Best?

Could some of your 'grief' symptoms be a magnesium deficiency in disguise? Triggered by emotional stress? Magnesium deficiency can have a powerful, detrimental impact on your health. Learn more about magnesium deficiency and how to find highly absorbable magnesium that you can supplement with.

The Importance of Magnesium

Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a crucial role in over 300 biological processes in the human body. Here's a list of some of the benefits of magnesium:

  • Regulates proper nerve function
  • Supports muscle relaxation
  • Regulates blood sugar levels
  • Supports a healthy immune system
  • Helps maintain a steady heartbeat & normal blood pressure
  • Helps keep bones strong and healthy (together with vitamin D and calcium)
  • Optimises cellular energy production
  • Has a calming effect on the body and helps reduce anxiety and stress
  • Helps improve sleep quality and duration
  • Reduces inflammation and pain in the body

Can you see the link between the many vital functions of magnesium and common physical grief symptoms?

The Prevalence of Magnesium Deficiency

The current RDA (recommended daily allowance) is 420mg for men and 320mg for women, but research suggests these guidelines may be too low.

Concerning Statistics


Studies suggest that magnesium deficiency rates are as high as 50% of the population in Europe and North America.

We also need more magnesium than we used to. Here's why ….

…. Possible Causes

  • Depletion of minerals in the soil
  • Inadequate consumption of fruits and vegetables
  • Chronic stress due to lifestyle choices
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol and caffeine
  • More biological stressors in our environment

Magnesium Deficiency and Common Health Concerns

Lack of magnesium increases the chances of:

  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Muscle weakness, tingling or spasms
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Migraine headaches
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Low mood & depression
  • Insomnia
  • and many other health issues

Magnesium linked to mood improvement

Magnesium supplementation has been found to be effective for mild-to-moderate mood depression in adults and was well-tolerated.

In a randomised cross-over study conducted on 126 adults with sadness and a depressed mood, magnesium supplementation (248 mg for 6 weeks) resulted in noticeable mood improvements within two weeks.

The Link Between Chronic Stress, Magnesium and Grief

Stress has been shown to deplete the body's magnesium reserves, resulting in difficulties in handling stress and regulating mood. Magnesium deficiency further disrupts the balanced production of stress hormones as magnesium is needed for their production. This can create a vicious cycle.

The symptoms of stress overlap with symptoms of magnesium deficiency. But they also overlap with many common 'grief symptoms'. Have a look:

The Most Absorbable Forms of Magnesium

If you go to a local health food or online store you will notice there are many different forms of magnesium. However, they are not created equal; each has its own unique benefits.


This form of magnesium is thought to be best suited for improving energy-related disorders such as chronic fatigue or depression. It may also help with blood sugar regulation.


Magnesium glycinate is considered to be one of the most bioavailable forms of magnesium as well as one of the most gut-friendly. Magnesium glycinate or bisglycinate is often recommended for people who are sensitive to other forms of magnesium as it is less likely to cause digestive upset.


Magnesium L-threonate is the only form shown in animal studies to cross the blood brain barrier. This is important because having this capability allows it to exert its beneficial effects on the brain specifically.

This form of magnesium may therefore be superior for conditions such as depression, brain fog or even Alzheimer's disease. It is also believed to have a calming effect on the body, making it a popular choice for people who struggle with anxiety or sleep problems.


Magnesium taurate is a compound made up of magnesium and the amino acid taurine. It is known to support a healthy functioning of the nervous system, improving energy levels and promoting relaxation and, therefore, a good night's sleep.


Magnesium Citrate is one of the most commonly used forms of magnesium because it is relatively low cost while also being reasonably bioavailable when consumed orally.

Two noteable properties of this form of magnesium are its ability to stimulate bowel movements and its potential benefit for someone with kidney stones. In high doses, this supplement can cause diarrhea.


Adding a chloride to magnesium brings another broad-range support compound to the mix. When these two are broken down in the body, you get the benefits of both magnesium and chloride.

Magnesium chloride is the most stable form of magnesium and is especially good for detoxification and proper kidney function.

Magnesium and Medication

While magnesium supplementation has many health benefits, it's important to be aware of possible interactions with medication.

For example, taking a magnesium supplement while on blood pressure medication can be dangerous without consulting your doctor. Magnesium naturally lowers blood pressure and it can therefore drop too low when taking blood pressure-lowering drugs at the same time.

Always talk to your doctor before starting a magnesium supplement when you are on the following medication:

Blood pressure medication



Muscle relaxants

    By the way, did you know that magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant?

    Not Sure About Supplements? Indulge in an Epsom Salt Bath Instead!

    Epsom salt baths have been used for centuries to help soothe aching muscles and promote relaxation. But did you know that they can also help correct low magnesium levels?

    Unlike oral magnesium supplements, which may cause digestive issues for some people, Epsom salt baths provide a gentle and relaxing way to up your magnesium levels.

    The warm water helps to open up the pores of your skin, allowing the magnesium and sulfate to be absorbed more effectively.

    Epsom salt baths can also help draw out toxins from the body, improve sleep quality, reduce stress, and even help with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

    No bathtub? No worries! A foot bath will work wonders as well.

    Struggling with Grief-Related Health Issues?

    If magnesium supplementation alone isn't enough, book a free 30-minute call with me to explore additional solutions. Whether it's adjusting your dosage or addressing other nutrient deficiencies or imbalances, let's find the right path to address your symptoms. 

    Click the button below if you would like to regain your energy and improve your mood and sleep while preventing further health concerns.

    Sabine Horner

    77 Millfield Lane

    York YO10 3AW

    United Kingdom

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