There is a plethora of information on the internet regarding the use of magnesium for the treatment of depression. A natural alternative may seem like a miracle for those who do not wish to take pharmaceuticals or who experience severe side effects from conventional treatments, but does it really work?
Has magnesium been found to treat depression?
There are very few studies recording the use of magnesium in a treatment regimen for depression. That’s not to say that it doesn’t work but that there aren’t hard, scientific facts. A notable study conducted in 2017 found that magnesium was effective for those experiencing mild to moderate depression. That being said, participants of the study knew they were taking a placebo. Many would argue that this is could potentially alter the results. As well, many patients were already taking antidepressants. While reports still showed improvement, some in the medical field may consider this to be a flaw.
There is increasing medical literature on frankincense, from its anti-inflammatory properties to a possible role (along with myrrh) in treating cancer.
What is frankincense?
Frankincense’s oil form comes from the gum resins obtained from Boswellia and contains boswellic acid. Since the time of ancient Egypt, this substance has been used for its health properties. Most notably, it has been, for a millennium, a traditional herbal remedy for pain and inflammation; in modern times, it is used to benefit inflammatory conditions such as those found in rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease. As a fragrance in perfumes and religious ceremonies, it has been suggested that it has effects on the neurotransmitter chemistry of the brain. It has also been said to have both antibiotic and anti-fungal properties.
Frankincense and the brain
It has been discovered that frankincense leads to the filling of some opioid receptors, which can help alleviate pain. It also acts on ...