Magnesium Boosts BDNF and Synaptic Plasticity to Help Overcome Fear & Anxiety
Monday, November 07, 2011
Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
Emotional, painful experiences contribute to future behavior that can be unduly influenced by fear or anxiety. If past painful experiences are intense then full-blown post traumatic stress disorder may develop, which in my book, is an overheated brain stem and limbic system. A new study shows that elevating brain levels of magnesium can help undo the bad programming and help create new brain response patterns not influenced by fear or anxiety.
The researchers found that elevated brain magnesium was able to induce the production of BDNF, your brains rejuvenation compound. This led to an increase in synaptic plasticity, enabling the learned fear response to actually change.
There is no need to get stuck in a rut. Fear and anxiety erect obstacles that interfere with the quality of life and willingness to do new things. Magnesium is a potent anti-inflammatory mineral which also helps make brain energy. The fact that it is able to assist in the rewiring of past memories is good news for any person who is tired of listening to their old tapes play at the most inopportune times.
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