Magnesium for hormone balance?

From PMS to anxiety and sleep to metabolism, this mighty mineral has a big impact on your hormonal health. Magnesium is one busy mineral – we need it to carry out around 300 essential functions in our body, many of which have an impact on our hormones.


Dr Lara Briden:

"As a clinician with more than twenty years experience, I regularly prescribe magnesium for PMS, PCOS, and perimenopause. I see excellent results with my patients and I’ve come to rely on magnesium as one of my favourite natural treatments for period problems."

If you have to deal with pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) every month, a magnesium supplement could be the answer. A study published in the Journal of Caring Sciences in 2012 asked women with PMS to complete a menstrual diary while taking either magnesium, vitamin B6 or a placebo. The scientists found that magnesium significantly improved symptoms like depression, anxiety and water retention.

A magnesium deficiency has been linked to depression. It’s thought magnesium helps maintain the neurotransmitters in our brain related to moods. American researchers discovered that when people were given 125-300 mg of magnesium with each meal and at bedtime, they recovered from major depression in less than seven days.

Magnesium can ease symptoms of the menopause transition. For example, in one study, magnesium relieved the menopausal hot flashes of women who were undergoing treatment for breast cancer and could not take hormone replacement (1)