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Are 96% of Children with ADHD Missing A Crucial Nutrient?

ADHD is becoming quite common in our society. The cause can include many factors like environmental (toxins), inflammation, but also the presence of multiple deficiencies can be a big piece of the puzzle.

Most people are not aware of a very powerful, inexpensive nutrient that is deficient in the vast majority of children and adults with ADHD.

I am talking about magnesium. Magnesium is crucial for more than 300 chemical reactions in your body, especially energy production, which is essential to brain function.

Magnesium has been found to be deficient in 72 to 96% of children with ADHD.

Be aware that most junk foods and refined sugars deplete magnesium from your body.

You heard me, right! Not only does junk food not have healthy nutrients, but it robs your body of critical nutrients like magnesium.

Magnesium can be a lifesaver for sleep, anxiety, constipation, and lowering side effects of ADHD medications.

Food sources:

  • Nuts

  • Green vegetables

  • Fish

  • Meat

  • Legumes like beans and lentils

Also, supplementation with low doses of magnesium can be beneficial for people with ADHD but always contact your primary care physician first.

"You are not stuck with the brain you have, you can make it better,

you can change your brain and your life."

Daniel Amen, M.D.

Multiple NY Times Best Seller Author

David Rivas

By the way, if you want to learn more on how to benefit brain function with nutrition, my book Resilient Brain is available on Amazon. Nutrition has been a life-changer for my son affected by severe autism.

If it happened to me, it can happen to you.

Here is the link:


El Baza F, et al. Magnesium supplementation in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Egyptian Journal of Medical Human Genetics. January 1, 2016;17(1):63–70.

Huang, Y. H., Zeng, B. Y., Li, D. J., Cheng, Y. S., Chen, T. Y., Liang, H. Y., ... & Lin, C. H. (2019). Significantly lower serum and hair magnesium levels in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder than controls: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, 90, 134-141.

Kozielec, T., & Starobrat-Hermelin, B. (1997). Assessment of magnesium levels in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Magnesium Research, 10(2), 143-148.

Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only. Always consult with your primary care provider before adding dietary supplements or doing lifestyle changes.

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