Plenty of people vastly prefer natural supplements to help them cope with insomnia and anxiety. I remember how leery I was of the medications my doctor recommended when I had trouble sleeping, although they totally worked for me. I'm all for traditional medicine, but I'm also open to taking supplements to support different body functions, and there's one supplement in particular that seems to have lots of people abuzz. If you aren't familiar with the health benefits of magnesium, you're probably side-eyeing me right now. I get it: I'm usually skeptical of anything that's advertised as a magical natural supplement, but this mineral actually has some surprising advantages, and people can't stop talking about it. Psychology Today called magnesium "the original chill pill" because of its purported effects on anxiety.
Magnesium is found in mineral deposits and in the ocean, and its also essential for our bodies because it improves enzyme function. If you're looking for a way to add it to your diet, it's is found in foods like spinach, Swiss chard, salmon, tuna and nuts and seeds. A woman between 19 and 30 years old should have 310 milligrams of magnesium daily, but the average woman takes in about 260 milligrams, according to a report from Oregon State University. Basically, we need way more magnesium than we're actually consuming, and a daily magnesium supplement may be a way to fix that. Talk to your doctor before you add any new supplements to your regimen — they'll be able to give you all the advice you need.