top of page

Magnesium and ADHD, what's the connection?

9 out of 10 children with ADHD are deficient in magnesium. Eating and supplementing with magnesium can be very helpful in bringing the brain into balance.

How is Magnesium involved?

The mineral Magnesium is known to support over 300 enzymatic reactions in our body, serving as a biochemical plug that ignites cellular activity. For example, if magnesium levels are low, so is ATP, the fundamental fuel that powers every cell. Blood sugar will not be correctly regulated, and the immune system will not be as robust.

➔➔➔ And, most important for someone who has ADHD, the brain will be compromised.

Too little magnesium weakens the brain because the mineral plays a key role in the formation of neurotransmitters (chemicals that help send messages between brain cells). If magnesium is low, dopamine will be produced at a lower rate. Dopamine helps us pay attention. Serotonin will also be low; serotonin helps regulate our mood.

➔➔➔ The end result of a magnesium deprived brain

➔ poor concentration

➔ irritability and anxiety

➔ depression and apathy

➔ mood swings

➔ fatigue

➔ sleeping problems, like insomnia

One last tip, stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall, which are intended to help with ADHD symptoms, may actually be complicating the problem ➔ because in order to process these prescription drugs, you use magnesium to process them in the cell!

If you or someone you love has ADHD, be sure to eat plenty of magnesium rich foods.

➔ Pumpkin Seeds

➔ Swiss Chard and other dark leafy greens

➔ Avocado

➔ Almonds

➔ Cashews

➔ Dark Chocolate

➔ Bananas


bottom of page