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I understand magnesium oxide can help with tense muscles, but some research suggests it can ease general anxiety. can anyone corroborate?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Careful: Yes, there are a few studies indicating that magnesium can help anxiety -- but be careful if you have kidney disease. Theory is that magnesium can sit on the nmda (excitatory) receptor and block it from excess stimulation. With healthy kidneys and telling your doctor, you can safely experiment with 200-400 mg daily -- preferably taken separately from calcium. Or, put epsom salts in your bath.

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Last updated Dec 9, 2013

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