My husband loves that the bottle says "CALM" in gigantic letters.

  We have a winner! Lucky #11, aka Amanda! Look for an e-mail from me today. Thanks, everyone, for entering.

At the beginning of the crazy holiday season, I had an opportunity to try a product, recommended to me by my therapist, that could help alleviate my PMDD/severe PMS symptoms. The product, Natural Calm, was provided to me free of charge for review, so I figured what have I got to lose? I began taking a dose each morning and hoped to see results.

I did.

But before I tell you about how Natural Calm helped me, let me back up a sec and tell you a little about the product itself.

Natural Calm is touted as “the anti-stress drink.” It’s a highly absorbable magnesium supplement in an ionic powder form that you dissolve in water and drink.

Magnesium and calcium are two nutrients that should be present in the body in balance in order for us to fully be in good health. According to the Natural Calm flier, unless the two are in proper balance, magnesium becomes depleted (which can occur from too much calcium), resulting in an inability to quickly recover from stress. Or it can be a source of stress itself.

Some of the symptoms of magnesium depletion include stress, fatigue and low energy, inability to sleep, muscle tension, anxiousness and nervousness, irritability, headaches, and PMS and hormonal imbalances.

I don’t know about you, but I can honestly say I experience all of those things from time to time, particularly as “that time of the month” approaches.

So when my therapist recommended I give Natural Calm a try to see if it would improve my anxiety, I listened to her. I drank a glass of the lemon-raspberry flavor each morning for the month of November. I noticed that I felt less irritable, which is saying a lot for someone who has severe PMS. During the time of month I usually snap at my family (thank you, hormones), I was calm. My PMS symptoms improved. I felt generally better and had a month with no anxiety attacks.

In December, I stopped taking Natural Calm daily because I wanted to see if my PMS symptoms returned. They did! At the first sign of anger, anxiety, and irritability (my trifecta of severe PMS-related mood symptoms), I drank a glass of Natural Calm and felt better.

Now, when I know the day is going to be a hard one, I try to start out with a glass of Natural Calm. I use a period tracker app on my iPhone to track what are typically the 2 days per month when I experience anxiety and severe PMS symptoms-it’s THAT bad sometimes. So, during the week before my period (when those 2 days fall), I drink Natural Calm each morning to try to ward off my PMS symptoms.

I’m no doctor, and I’m not saying that Natural Calm will fix all your troubles, but I do think that if you experience symptoms like those listed above, you should consider talking to your doctor about including Natural Calm in your daily diet. It has really helped me with my anxiety and PMS.

For more information, check out Natural Vitality’s website, like their Facebook page, and follow their bi-monthly publication (Organic Connect) on Twitter. You can also find Natural Calm at a 40% discount on e-tailers such as Vitacost and The Vitamin Shoppe.

To celebrate finding something that actually works on my anxiety and PMS, I’m giving away a full-sized bottle of Natural Calm to one of you this Friday!

To enter this giveaway, all you need to do is comment below about why you think Natural Calm would help you. On Friday, I’ll select the winner randomly (using

For one additional entry, tweet about this contest on Twitter. Be sure to include @jamesandjax and @organicconnect in your tweet and then leave a comment below telling me you did this.


Disclosure: This is not a paid review; however, I received one complimentary bottle of Natural Calm for review. The views and opinions expressed in this post are purely my own.





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  1. Oh my goodness, I would so love to win this. My anxiety’s been getting a little tough to deal with again and this would be a godsend.
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  2. I’d love to win this. I’m all for natural supplements for a little extra support in keeping sane!
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  3. I am very interested in trying this as several of my family members have anxiety…

  4. I would love to try this! I am a fan of herbal supplements and have been under a lot of stress lately, which leads to anxiety.
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  5. I tweeted! (I can’t find the link now, but you know I did.)
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  6. Oh, fabulous. I should try this. My last post is the perfect example of why I need it. :/
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  7. I’m willing to try anything that helps. I bet my husband would appreciate some extra calm from me as well!
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  8. Sounds really interesting. I have been trying to switch the whole family over to more natural products and this sounds like one tht would work for me and the whole dealing with life with two small kids, working full time, trying to get to the gym . . . and there is that feeling again. :)
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  9. Oh my gosh, I have the SAME pms issue that you do. Ugh. 2-3 days per month, I have out of control anxiety. It’s awful.
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  10. Not only do my bipolar symptoms worsen around my period (I also have PMDD) but so does my anxiety. It’s awful, especially in social anxiety department. With a starting a new semester it’s been flaring up like crazy-I could definitely benefit from using a product like this.
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  11. Well i gotta say minus the pms i hope this works for me. Ive been dealg woth stress related neck and shoulder pain for years. Since my car accident i never know whay will cause my neck to flare up. Currently it was a bad pillow and constant stress. Thankfully my chiropractor has helped alot during severe times….and my local liquor store clerk. Lol.

  12. Going to twitter now to post. You follow me and should see it there.

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  14. I think that this would help with my nighttime anxiety, and I love that it is (I’m assuming as you use it) breastfeeding-friendly!

  15. HAve I told you that my brain goes haywire during that time of the month. Not a lot of people know, but last week I went hypomanic and was put on anti-psych medications. This happens ever single month.
    I’d love to try this
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  16. How couldn’t this help me…lol! I love to soak in Epsom salts (which is magnesium) and it does wonders for my body. I would love to try this product because not only do I have horrible PMS, I am also a regular human with all kinds of fun stressors in my life.

    • Dacia, you do absorb some magnesium through your skin. Thanks for your comment, reminding me of this! I’ll have to add an Epsom salt soak into my routine sometimes!

  17. Your story sounds just like my story…I am 38 years old and my body went into me menopause 2 years ago…I started taking this product 2 days ago and I felt the effects immediately…best way to describe the feeling I got when I drank it would be a drug addict going without drugs and then the feeling they get once it’s ingested again…my body reacted very quickly and took a big sigh of relief…it makes me cringe when I think about all the years of depression, anxiety…time missed with my children not to mention all the anti-depressants and klonipin dependence to get through the day (which I have not taken in two days and have not felt a withdrawal symptom) I will keep you all updated :)

  18. I would love to give this a try! Lots of stress dealing with RA.

  19. I really need to try the product mentioned As I have anxiety & try to manage on my own I use Calms by Hylands They do help me sleep better Thanks

  20. This product sounds great! I am gonna try & get it. I take Hylands calms & they are great. I am wondering if same as drink. anyway will just use both! thanks
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  22. Awesome article. This stuff is so great for helping cope with stress and anxiety. I started my journey wondering if I should take magnesium for anxiety and boy am I glad I did. I think everyone should explore the benefits.

    Keep up the good work. Thanks for helping spread the word.
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  24. I tried this stuff for the first time last night. It is amazing!

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    ost-menstrual syndrome is one of the most discomforting things for a female. It’s quite true that she experiences some of the most dramatic mental and physical changes during this time. Almost one-third of women suffer from this problem in their child bearing years. But it does not happen once they reach menopause. Other irritable symptoms of PMS are loss of appetite or a huge appetite, an itching pain in the vagina felt during intercourse and a feeling of dizziness and vomiting. A painful feeling can also be felt in the chest because it is insensitive for a short time. –^;

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  26. Well, the first time I had a major attack they put me on xanax but it messed with my head really badly and I had memory issues. My discharge papers noted that while medicated by it I had little to no acknowledgement of externally inflicted bodily harm/pain. What I do remember is waking up the next day with a swollen ankle and multiple bruises that hurry like hell from walking into things or just letting the car door close on me.
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  28. Magnesium for anxiety in human is a good solution of the ailment….
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