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Magnesium for ADHD - Does It Help?



Does using magnesium for ADHD help to reduce the symptoms?


omega 3 for adhdMagnesium is known to relax the mind as it is need for proper transmission of nervous signals. This essential mineral is also needed in the making of neurotransmitters like serotonin.

Serotonin is responsible for calming the mind and creating a sense of well-being.

Indeed, low levels of serotonin seem to be responsible for depression, moodiness and irritability.

Read on to find out what we know about using magnesium supplements for treating children and adults with ADHD...




Research study on the health benefits of magnesium for ADHD

There are several clinical trials that looked at the link between low magnesium levels and hyperactivity. Let's quickly look at the results from two clinical studies.

Study #1

One clinical study done by Mousain-Bosc and associates (Magnes Res, 2006 Mar;19(1):46-52) showed that ADHD children had lower levels of magnesium inside their red blood cells than children without ADHD symptoms.

Giving the children magnesium and vitamin B6 for 2 months resulted in less hyperactivity and better attention. When the magnesium and vitamin B6 were stopped, the ADHD symptoms returned in 2 weeks.

The typical dose used is 200 mg of magnesium and 10 to 20 mg of vitamin B6.

Study #2

Dr. Huss and associates (Lipds Health Dis. 2010 Sep 24;9:105) from Johannes Gutenberg-University in Germany monitored 810 children aged 5 to 12 who were given magnesium, zinc and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids over a three month period.

The conclusion?

Combining omega-3 and well as omega-6 with magnesium and zinc have a positive effect on ADHD and increased attention span and reduced behavioural and emotional problems. The results were seen at 12 weeks.
 



Dose to use

Experts suggest using 200 mg daily for at least 6 months.

The specific dose used in the study done by Mousain-Bosc et al is 6 mg/kg/day of magnesium along with 0.6 mg/kg/day of vitamin B6.

For example, a 30 kg child would be taking 180 mg of magnesium and 18 mg of vitamin B6 daily. In this case, it would be acceptable to use 200 mg of magnesium and 20 mg of vitamin B6.




Bottom Line?

For children suffering from ADHD, minerals and vitamins such as magnesium, zinc and vitamin B6 along with omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil) seem likely the logical first step to take.

Magnesium, vitamin B6 ,zinc and omega 3's can be safely and effectively combined together with natural herbs such as Focus Formula for added benefits.

Save prescription drugs like Ritalin as a last resort.




The Best Remedy for ADHD?
omega 3 for adhdFocus Formula contains several effective herbs for ADHD selected by a clinical psychologist. This herbal remedy will help to improve concentration and attention for both children and adults. It will encourage normal energy levels and promote blood flow to the brain.

It is professionally formulated using the Full Spectrum Approach (FSA) to ensure maximum benefit from the herbs. The FSA manufacturing method ensures the highest quality, safety and effectiveness.

The company backs up Focus Formula with a 1 year money-back guarantee. And it comes highly recommended by those who are currently using it to improve attention span and concentration in themelves and their children.





Other Natural Remedies for ADHD


Our article Natural Remedies for ADHD lists all the proven effective supplements and minerals that can help reduce ADHD symptoms in both children and adults.

It also includes recommended doses to use to ensure maximum benefit.



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