Magnesium is recognized for being calcium’s partner in helping to build strong bones—an important consideration for growing bodies.*
But that’s only one of the functions performed by magnesium, which is involved in more than 300 metabolic processes. That makes getting adequate amounts of this often underappreciated mineral crucial to a child’s well-being.
Magnesium’s Many Roles
Most bodily energy production runs through a molecule called ATP in a complex arrangement of chemical pathways. This system requires magnesium to run smoothly.†
Besides helping produce the energy muscles need to move, magnesium is also a part of the mechanism that allows them to contract and relax. In fact, nerves also rely on magnesium, which helps receptors on the surface of brain cells operate correctly.†
Are Kids Getting Enough Magnesium?
Many foods contain useful amounts of magnesium, especially beans, seeds, nuts and leafy greens—foods that a lot of children (and adults, for that matter) don’t like to eat.
As a result, “dietary surveys of people in the United States consistently show that intakes of magnesium are lower than recommended amounts,” according to the National Institutes of Health. What’s more, about a third of all youngsters are overweight, which has been associated with low magnesium.†
†The information provided is not an endorsement of any product, and is intended for educational purposes only. NaturesPlus does not provide medical advice and does not offer diagnosis of any conditions. Current research on this topic is not conclusive and further research may be needed in order to prove the benefits described.
The conditions and symptoms described may be indicative of serious health problems, and therefore should be brought to the attention of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
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