Source: Magnesium Advocacy Group
Source: Natural Healthy Concepts
How Magnesium May Help ADHD & Autism Symptoms
Our bodies are not absorbing the nutrients they need even when they are present in the gut. If we don’t have a healthy gut flora the nutrients we should be getting from healthy food choices will not absorb properly. Absorption of nutrients depends largely on intestinal health, which seems to be a big problem with the majority people with Autism Syndrome and ADHD (and Down syndrome).
These days, millions of children are being diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADHD) or Autism Syndrome Disorder (ASD) due to symptoms that mimic magnesium and vitamin B6 deficiency.
(See this article on Natural Ways to Manage ADD & ADHD Symptoms)
If your child experiences impaired communication, social difficulties, restlessness, tantrums, can’t keep still, constant body rocking, grinding teeth, hiccuping, noise sensitivity, poor attention span, poor concentration, irritability, aggressiveness, ready to explode and easily stressed… you may want to consider feeding him more magnesium rich foods or have him take a magnesium supplement, as these are some symptoms of Mg deficiency. In many studies, vitamin B6 was needed along with magnesium to see improvement.
(Of course, it’s best to find a naturopath or talk to your doctor first)
It seems like doctors are quick to diagnose kids with ADHD or Autism when they experience symptoms that may simply stem from a variety of nutrient deficiencies. Isn’t it ironic that a child with a magnesium deficiency may act an awful lot like a child who has been diagnosed with ADHD or Autism?
The University of Maryland Medical Center points out –
Some experts believe that children with ADHD may be showing the effects of mild magnesium deficiency. In one preliminary study of 75 magnesium-deficient children with ADHD, those who received magnesium supplements showed an improvement in behavior compared to those who did not receive the supplements.
ReasearchAutism.net sites plenty of research claiming that people with Autism benefit from high doses of magnesium and B6. One claim says –
There are over 20 studies of vitamin B6 with Magnesium for autism, including 12 double-blind, placebo-controlled studies, making it one of most studied treatments for autism. Almost all of these studies found that 45-50% of children and adults with autism benefited from high-dose supplementation of vitamin B6 with magnesium.
In fact, many health experts believe these common cognitive/behavioral disorders are caused by an unhealthy gut flora and toxic overload. Mental and behavioral related issues are largely intestinal and gut related.
Check out the infographic below for a list of signs and effects of magnesium deficiency as well as foods high in magnesium.