Ditch the antidepressants for this simple mineral

Depression isn't something you can ignore.

Left unchecked, it'll ruin your life -- and, as a study I shared earlier today found, it could even help END it, too, by quadrupling the risk of death in heart patients.

But ask your doc for help, and you'll get just the opposite. He'll write you a prescription for an antidepressant, despite the fact that the drugs don't work well and come with a risk of side effects.

Some can even damage the electrical rhythm of your heart, which is the last thing in the world a heart patient needs.

Now, new research uncovers what just might be the easiest way to fight depression and other mood disorders. This simple treatment can lift your spirit, boost your mood, and chase anxiety away -- and it won't hurt your heart.

It will PROTECT it... and even support that delicate electrical rhythm.

The answer is magnesium, an essential mineral that most people -- especially seniors -- are missing out on.

Over six weeks, folks with mild to moderate depression who took magnesium supplements saw their scores on the PHQ-9 depression test plunge by an average of six points.

To put that in perspective, any drug that cuts that score by five points would be considered a rousing success and be hurtling toward approval right now.

But magnesium did the job, and it doesn't need to be approved. It's available right now, for just pennies a day.

Along with easing depression, the same new study found magnesium supplements can fight anxiety, cutting scores on a measure of this condition by an average of 4.5 points.

Not bad for something you already need and probably should be taking anyway, since odds are you're not getting enough from diet alone.

Studies show somewhere between two-thirds and 80 percent of Americans are falling short in magnesium -- so, even if you have no history of heart problems and no sign of depression, you might want to add this to your daily routine.

After all, it plays a role in some 300 essential functions in the body including bone, digestion, nerve, muscle, immune system, and more. And, as I mentioned earlier, it's critical to your heart.

It literally helps to keep it beating!

How much you need will depend on your diet and health risks, but the folks in the new study were given 248 mg of elemental magnesium per day, delivered via four 500-mg capsules of magnesium chloride.

That's better than many forms of magnesium used in supplements, but can still cause stomach cramps and diarrhea in some patients.

I generally recommend magnesium glycinate, which is gentler on the stomach and more easily absorbed by the body.

Your doc can help figure out how much you need each day.