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Magnesium: Elementary In Addiction Recovery

Magnesium supplements & addiction

What Is Magnesium?

Magnesium is a chemical element with the periodic symbol Mg and atomic number 12.

Magnesium climbs to the top of the tower in the world of health supplements. At a cellular level, magnesium carries out hundreds of different processes simultaneously throughout our bodies. Magnesium is essential to almost all life on Earth, it is at the heart of the chlorophyll molecule: chlorophyll allows photosynthesis to take place. Without this mineral, life as we know it would not exist.

Humans naturally take in around 250–350 milligrams of magnesium every day. This results in ongoing ‘storage’ of around 20 grams in our bones, but it is the manner in which it inhabits our brains and its use in the fight against substance addiction that gives it additional importance.

First isolated by Sir Humphry Davy in 1808, Magnesium Sulphate (MgSO4) has been historically utilised as a cure for constipation. Still in use today as a laxative and to combat upset stomachs, MgSO4 is more commonly known as ‘Epsom Salt’. It also proved itself in aiding the formation of healthy bones, heart support, reduced blood pressure, improved mental health, reduction in type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis, stress reduction and the fortification of the immune system.

Magnesium and Addiction

In the context of substance misuse, Magnesium can reduce the levels of opiate and psychostimulant addiction in consumers of cocaine, amphetamines, morphine, heroin and alcohol. Typically, Magnesium levels are lower in substance users than in non-substance users. Data shows us that stress increases the vulnerability of people to develop an addiction to different substances and that a reduction of Magnesium levels is one of the key factors in the development of addictions and relapses.

Dopamine is the most important neurotransmitter involved in the human brain’s reward mechanism, and it influences the development of substance dependence and relapse. Substances that result in pharma codependence strongly increase the level of dopamine in the midbrain. Magnesium can inhibit dopamine release and its stimulatory effects on Neuronal activity. In this way, it simply decreases the intensity of addiction by inhibiting the brain’s reward system.

Magnesium is able to reduce the intensity of addiction to substances and can contribute to arresting the instances of relapse. It produces a moderate stimulation of the brain reward system and has the capacity to reduce the activity of those substances involved in compulsive substance use disorders.

Magnesium also decreases the intensity of opioid addiction and Naloxone-induced withdrawal symptoms.

Sources Of Magnesium

Magnesium can be found and consumed naturally in almonds, Brazil nuts, cashew nuts, soybeans, parsnips, bran and, even chocolate. These foodstuffs are all rich in magnesium. It is of course also possible to ingest Magnesium in packaged ‘supplement’ form. Essential in this is the inclusion of:

  • Magnesium Citrate,
  • Magnesium Glycinate
  • Magnesium Malate

Magnesium is also available in nutrient supplements. Usually, this is in tablet or pill form. You can also get Magnesium in vitamin and nutrient injection shots and drip infusions. It is combined with other essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids to form part of a larger well-being infusion.  Contact us today if you would like to find out more about magnesium in intravenous therapy treatment.

Zinc is Magnesium’s little helper and an essential ingredient to look for in a quality supplement. Zinc helps to increase Magnesium’s absorption into the body, whilst providing its own additional health benefits.

In short, Magnesium is to the mind, the opposite of its laxative effect on the body. It dramatically reduces – and can regulate – the release of Dopamine, and in doing so can help to increase natural balance in the brain.

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