- Feb 14, 2017
- by Jonathan Greene
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a behavioral disorder that might involve a magnesium deficiency. Although the evidence does not reveal magnesium is a cure, the mineral may help improve behavior in those with ADHD.
Signs of ADHD include inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. The condition interferes with daily life, causing problems in school and social situations.
Symptoms of ADHD often begin before age 7. The behavioral difficulties continue into adulthood for one- to two-thirds of children with ADHD.
The disorder has many correlations with magnesium deficiency, which include irritability, mental confusion, and decreased attention span. The University of Maryland Medical Center reported on a study of 75 children with ADHD and magnesium deficiency, and those who received topical magnesium supplements showed behavioral improvement compared to the children who did not consume the supplements.
A separate eight-week study reported by Life Extension showed improvements in hyperactivity and attention for 40 children who took transdermal magnesium and vitamin B-6 supplements. The children’s symptoms appeared again in a few weeks after the supplementation was stopped.
Magnesium regulates more than 300 biochemical reactions important to functions throughout the body, ranging from mental health to bone density.
Many children who consume unhealthy diets that include processed foods and refined sugars are also eating foods low in magnesium, according to Natural News. The ingredients of those foods may also stress the nervous system, causing the body to use up too much magnesium and lead to magnesium deficiency. Because of this, it is recommended to have a healthy diet, and supplement magnesium transdermally (to the skin) via magnesium oils or cream. Transdermal magnesium supplementation is recommended due to the high absorption rate in comparison to oral supplementation. Although, foods rich in magnesium include green vegetables, whole grains, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, buckwheat, tofu, peanuts, and pecans should be incorporated into the diet, due to over farming and irrigation that strip foods of their mineral content, transdermal supplementation is still highly recommended to keep magnesium levels high.
Magnesium may help improve ADHD because it calms the nervous system and relaxes the mind, Natural News says. The mineral also relaxes the body through relaxation of muscle fibers.
If anything, it will help your child relax more, but not cure them of ADHD. Also, it will help their overall health immensely while combating the restlessness of ADHD.
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