A crucial Nootropic mineral, synonymous with fiber and calcium, as a performance enhancer it aids sleep and alleviates symptoms of depression.
Over 300 different chemical reactions in the human body require magnesium. A significant body of studies has correlated low magnesium levels to general depression.
Many Westerners are Magnesium deficient, the biggest negative of this is inflammation. Magnesium deficiencies are more likely in those who abuse alcohol.
A paper, Magnesium and depression: a systematic review, in Nutritional Nueroscience analyzed 29 different studies, looking at the growing incidence of depression world wide. The conclusion was statistical significant correlation between low dietary intake of magnesium and depression. Problems with Magnesium Metabolism weere also correlated to depression. A 2012 Taiwanese study, also showed correlations between depression in Type-2 diabetics and magnesium.
Top dietary sources include: green leafy vegetables, legumes, broccoli, seeds, nuts, chocolate and of course Bulletproof™ Upgraded™ Coffee. Interestingly some water can be a great source of magnesium, high mineral content water, like San Pellegrino.
Magnesium supplements start at around $7/monthly.
Magnesium supplementation is a good idea for those who are taking Piracatam Nootropics to balance out the over stimulating affects of Racatams.
A 2012 Iran study, The effects of magnesium, L-carnitine, and concurrent magnesium-L-carnitine supplementation in migraine prophylaxis, of 133 people suffering from migraines demonstrated that concurrent supplementation of Magnesium and L-Carnitine had a significant positive effect on migraines.
Magnesium also promotes quality REM sleep, take 200 Milligrams before bedtime.
Mechanism of Action
NMDA Receptors in the membranes of our brains also rely heavily on the presence of magnesium. These receptors are a site where anesthetics and recreational drugs affect our brains, so this would suggested that magnesium supplementation is an event better idea for those who use recreational drugs.
Magnesium is an essential co-factor of the processes our individual cells use to generate energy. Therefor, low magnesium levels can be significant potential contributor to chronic fatigue.
Magnesium is used for treating Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), anxiety, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Migraines. Athletes use it to boost energy and promote endurance as quantified in the study, Improving performance? Dietary supplementation practice in ultramarathon runners.
A Swedish study demonstrated that Magnesium can regulate high blood that is common towards the ends of pregnancies, Magnesium supplementation to prevent high blood pressure in pregnancy. Magnesium also has a lot to do with bone health, low magnesium in those over 50 leads to a significant amount of bone loss.
Head Strong by Dave Asprey makes the case that optimizing your Mitochondria is the ultimate performance enhancing Biohack because your Mitochondria are the fundamental energy generation mechanism that underlie everything else. From the book:
In short, the more magnesium you have during the day, the more ATP, energy, and efficient sleep you have! 7 I’ve started taking my magnesium in the morning with my coffee, followed by a little more at night for sleep. (p. 261)