I've suffered from anxiety for as long as I can remember (I think it started when I was 3 or 4). Anxiety can be caused by a number of factors: emotional, genetic, environmental, etc. While prescription drugs are often the first resort, it turns out a completely safe mineral could actually be more effective.
There is one calming mineral that some reports say 90% of the population is deficient in: magnesium
While our ancestors had an abundance of magnesium from organ meats, seafood, swimming in the ocean, and rich soil, it isn't uncommon to be depleted today. The modern diet is sufficiently lacking in magnesium and our soil is no longer as healthy as it once was. Stress is also a factor - not only does it worsen anxiety and depression symptoms, it rapidly depletes magnesium from the body. In a time when most people eat poorly, work long hours and stress is commonplace - it's no wonder why most people are magnesium deficient. But could this also be the reason why so many people experience anxiety?
Magnesium plays a hugely important role in the body; it is required for cell growth and development, normal blood pressure, enables thousands of biochemical processes, contributes to the proper functioning of muscles and nerves, and releases appropriate amount of serotonin in the brain. Without adequate magnesium, the brain will not properly release serotonin.