Magnesium deficiency – Children’s Health Part 2
Children are underdiagnosed when it comes to magnesium deficiency, but they develop magnesium deficiency for the same reasons as adults. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, renal disease, eye symptoms, nerve symptoms, juvenile delinquency, and childhood depression are associated with magnesium deficiency, and some say these conditions can be caused by it.
It’s not just adults who can get anxious because of a magnesium-deficient lifestyle. Our children are also susceptible when their favorite foods are magnesium-deficient hot dogs, pizza, and sugary fizzy drinks. The stress in their lives—from peer pressure, bullying, academic and athletic performance pressures, worries about body image, the changes and hormonal fluctuations of puberty, exposure to negative events and violence through the media—all contribute to magnesium deficiency. As noted above, even burning off steam by playing in a band can be a risk factor.
Dr Sharna Olfman is a professor of clinical & development psychology, issued a warning in her book,
‘No Child Left Different:
“The number of American children being diagnosed with psychiatric illnesses has soared over the past decade and a half. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that today, one in ten children and adolescents in the United States ‘suffers from mental illness severe enough to result in significant functional impairment.’ During this same time period, psychotropic drugs have become the treatment of first choice rather than the treatment of last resort. Recent years have witnessed a threefold increase in the use of psychotropic medication among patients under twenty years of age, and prescriptions for preschoolers have been skyrocketing. Over 10 million children and adolescents are currently on antidepressants, and about 5 million children are taking stimulant medications such as Ritalin”.
Dr. Leo Galland, author of Superimmunity for Kids, speculates that hyperactive children need extra magnesium due to their constantly high adrenaline levels.
Wow, I have no words.
I have researched for many months the common denominator of illness and that result is from magnesium, a mineral, that has slowly been depleting in our modern western world.
Also, according to a recent study, children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders have low levels of vitamins B9 (folate) and B12. The concern of the researchers is that such deficiencies may affect neurodevelopment.
Vitamin B9 and B12 are important because they are both involved in glutathione and myelination pathways and involved in neuroplasticity and the preservation of neuronal integrity. So deficiencies in these two vitamins lead to hyperhomocysteinemia, which has been linked to neurovascular and neurodegenerative disorders and psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia and affective disorders, as well as cognitive impairment.
Isn’t it so scary to know how at risk our children are to be living with ill health & disease and that is becoming the new normal sadly.
A really really good way to help your children’s health is by using magnesium oil from a very young age, just a few sprays on the feet then some comfy warm socks warn to bed. To potentially help prevent some if not quite a lot of magnesium related illness & disease.