By Lisa James | Edited by Elena Doxey
From respiratory issues to anxiety disorders, many children suffer from ailments that aren’t linked to any clear cause. If you find your child is suffering from an ailment, but don’t have answers, it could be a magnesium deficiency problem. Magnesium is part of more than 300 metabolic processes and is recognized for being calcium’s partner in building strong bones, so it’s important to monitor the magnesium levels that your child, and you, are getting.
Why Our Kids are At Risk
Magnesium can be found in many foods that many children don’t like to eat―such as beans, seeds, nuts and leafy greens. According to the National Institutes of Health, dietary surveys consistently revealed that people in the U.S. consume less than the recommended amounts of magnesium. Since magnesium is a necessary nutrient to help our bodies function properly, a lack of it can lead to magnesium deficiency and a host of ailments that include:
- Nervous system overstimulation—aggressive behavior and inattentiveness
- Obesity—about one-third of youngsters are overweight, which leads to insulin resistance, a risk factor in diabetes
- Elevated C-reactive protein—kids consuming inadequate amounts of magnesium were found to be twice as likely to have elevated C-reactive protein, and this inflammation marker has been linked to cardiovascular woes
- High blood pressure
Supplements May Be the Answer
Studies show that magnesium supplementation, combined with vitamin B6, calmed signs of nervous system overstimulation such as aggression and inattentiveness.
Magnesium supplements (available in chewable or powder) can be specifically formulated in child-friendly doses to ensure that kids get enough of this vital mineral. Here are some additional benefits to increasing your child’s magnesium levels (and yours, too):
- Improved circulation
- Improved blood pressure
- Blood sugar regulation
- Improved wound healing
- Relief of muscle cramps
If you’re one of the millions who see their kids suffering from ailments, finding a way to increase their magnesium levels may be the answer to helping them feel healthier and happier (and bring you some peace of mind).