Did you know that the symptoms of a magnesium deficiency are similar to the symptoms of ADHD? For children and teens with trouble concentrating, irritability, depression, mood swings or difficulty sleeping, a lack of Mg can be the culprit—and an all-natural magnesium supplement can be the cure. Brain calming and body balancing, magnesium supplements are an easy first step toward living the holistic and effective Finally Focused lifestyle.
What is Magnesium?
Magnesium is the second-most common element in our cells and regulates over 300 biochemical reactions in the human body. Mg also helps determine how our body creates, uses and stores energy (ATP, the fuel for our cells), and even protects our RNA and DNA. In our brains, magnesium plays a key role in the creation of neurotransmitters—the chemicals that brain cells use to communicate with each other.
Brain-calming, body balancing, all-natural magnesium is a big deal for everyone’s health. Yet recent research has shown that most of us do not get our recommended daily allowance of 400mg of magnesium. In fact, a scientific study showed that 96% of all children are magnesium-deficient. For ADHD children, the consequences of too little magnesium can be even tougher. Their unique brain chemistry means they need more magnesium than most of us. Mg-rich foods include dark chocolate, avocados, nuts and seeds, beans, tofu, whole grains and some kinds of fish… all foods I know can be expensive, difficult to prepare, or that aren’t always easy to convince very young or very picky children to eat.
How Can More Magnesium Help Children and Teens with ADHD?
So, what happens when we don’t get enough magnesium? The symptoms of a magnesium deficiency closely mimic the symptoms of ADHD! Difficulty staying on task. Being cross, quick to anger, or moody. Insomnia or other sleep issues. Sound familiar? If you are experiencing these are symptoms of ADHD in your family, getting more Mg will help.
I have treated children and adolescents with ADHD for over 30 years and I cannot think of one patient—not one!—that didn’t benefit from a magnesium supplement. As I tell all my patients, attention-deficit disorder is also a nutritional deficit disorder. My rigorous scientific research into the causes and cures of ADHD has shown me that the kids I see need more of specific minerals and fats to flourish. You don’t have to take my word for it: a recent French study of the benefits of magnesium supplements in ADHD treatment determined that additional magnesium shouldn’t just be recommended for children with ADHD—it should be required.
This is even truer if your ADHD child takes common ADHD medications like Ritalin or Adderall.
Can ADHD Children Take Magnesium Supplements if They Are Taking Common ADHD Drugs?
Yes. It’s even more important to supplement with magnesium if your child takes ADHD drugs. For all their benefits, these ADHD medications like Ritalin and Adderall can leach Mg from the human body. In my practice, the side effects some children experience from taking these ADHD drugs—irritability, agitation, facial tics, and nail-biting—occur because of this magnesium deficiency. I have seen many ADHD children who could not tolerate ADHD medications because of side effects suddenly be able to take them again once they were also taking supplemental magnesium. And many more of my patients were able to quit ADHD drugs completely.
In my Plus Minus Plan, a carefully calibrated and scientifically proven way for families of children with ADHD to live the Finally Focused lifestyle, magnesium is the first “plus.” Children with ADHD who take additional magnesium are happier. Feel less lonely. Sleep better. Making up a magnesium deficit in your ADHD child can make the difference in ADHD symptoms your family is looking for.
How Quickly Can Magnesium Make a Difference in an ADHD Child’s Symptoms?
Magnesium is not a drug, and it won’t have a drug’s instantaneous effect. It’s an all-natural, slow-acting supplement that will gradually bring your ADHD child’s natural brain and body chemistry back into alignment. It takes a little bit of patience, but you will see improvements in the first month and peak magnesium magic a few months after that.
That means that there’s no better time than right now to start supplementing your ADHD child’s diet with magnesium! Your ADHD child could have a brand-new outlook by the New Year.
Convinced of magnesium’s magic? Good. There’s much more about how to implement a Mg regimen in my latest book, Finally Focused: The Breakthrough Natural Treatment Plan for ADHD That Restores Attention, Minimizes Hyperactivity, and Helps Eliminate Drug Side Effects. Learn about the types supplements and their efficacy; the best brands of Mg supplements for ADHD children; and other all-natural vitamin supplements that can make it easier for your child’s body to absorb.
To learn more about how supplements can change the lives of ADHD families naturally, visit the Finally Focused website today.