How Magnesium Deficiency Plays a Role in ADHD
- Published on: 06 February, 2017
- Last update: 05 November, 2018
Today is the day!
Our anti-stress magnesium kit is now live in our store: including our organic passionfruit magnesium tea!
In honor of the launch, I wanted to explain why I’m so passionate about magnesium supplementation, starting with its benefits for brain health. ADHD is a topic I get questions about all the time (along with more general questions regarding how to focus better at work/school) and magnesium is always one of my top suggestions. I myself use magnesium help me relax and tune into the task at hand when my mind is all over the place. Here’s the science behind why it works:
A 1997 study published in the journal ‘Magnesium Research’ discovered that magnesium deficiency is found more frequently in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than in healthy children. In fact, 95% of the children they examined had a measurable deficiency!
The researchers decided to explore this one step further. In a separate study later that year, they gave one group of children 200 mg of magnesium per day for six months in supplement form. They found “an increase in magnesium contents in hair and a significant decrease of hyperactivity” compared to children in the control group who had not been treated with supplemental magnesium.
In addition to its effectiveness for treating hyperactivity, magnesium also benefits children in other profound ways:
- it can help kids sleep better at night,
- relieve discomfort from sore muscles and growing pains,
- relieve constipation,
- reduce anxiety, and
- reduce headache days.
The fact that these benefits extend to children is one of the many reasons I designed our kit with different delivery methods – not every kid wants to swallow a pill! Our spray delivers magnesium right to the cells via the skin and is perfect post bath or at bedtime.
Additional Sources & Reading
- Suboptimal magnesium status in the United States: are the health consequences underestimated? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22364157
- Improvement of neurobehavioral disorders in children supplemented with magnesium-vitamin B6. I. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorders. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16846100
- Improvement of neurobehavioral disorders in children supplemented with magnesium-vitamin B6. II. Pervasive developmental disorder-autism. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16846101
- Iron, Magnesium, Vitamin D, and Zinc Deficiencies in Children Presenting with Symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27417479