It’s safer than traditional antidepressants, too.
But many men don’t seek care for it, and traditional antidepressant treatment can come with a host of side effects, including loss of interest in sex, erectile issues, or weight gain.
Now, there may be a new treatment option that can improve your mood without those serious side effects: Magnesium supplements may improve symptoms of mild to moderate depression, new research from the University of Vermont discovered.
Researchers recruited 126 adults with mild to moderate depression.
Some took 248 milligrams (mg) of magnesium a day for six weeks, while others took a placebo pill.
They discovered that those who took magnesium reported a clinically significant improvement in measures of depression and anxiety.
What’s more, they noticed the effects quickly—an improvement was evident by two weeks.
Plus, the magnesium supplements were well-tolerated. Only one person discontinued treatment due to side effects.
The researchers aren’t sure how magnesium helps with depression, but they do believe the mineral plays a role in the pathways and neurotransmitters involved in mood regulation.
Plus, inflammation plays a role in depression, and magnesium may help tamp that down, too.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of depression—which, in men, can include things like anger, exhaustion, and recklessness, in addition to a poor mood—you should talk to your doctor.
If he or she thinks you are suffering from depression, you can discuss magnesium as a possible treatment option, especially if you’re worried about side effects of traditional antidepressants.
An added bonus? Magnesium supplements are easily accessible over-the-counter, and won’t break the bank.
One month’s supply will only set you back about $14, the researchers write.