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Zinc—Nutrient Deficiencies found in Children with Symptoms of ADHD (Part 5)

Zinc is a mineral that is often found to be deficient in children with symptoms of ADHD.1 Zinc deficiency may affect cognitive development by alterations in attention, activity, neuropsychological behaviour and motor development.2 Zinc and copper levels must be in balance and have shown to correlate to ADHD symptoms when the ratio is low.3 Studies have shown that when children are supplemented with zinc, it decreases hyperactive, impulsivity and poor socialization behaviours.4

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Magnesium—Nutrient Deficiencies found in Children with Symptoms of ADHD (Part 4)

Pumpkin seeds are high in magnesium and can help with magnesium deficiencies and ADHD

Magnesium is another mineral that is more frequently found to be deficient in children with symptoms of ADHD than in healthy children.1 In particular, studies have found magnesium deficiencies in children with hyperactivity, distractibility, and disruptive behaviour.2 Supplementing with magnesium has been shown to decrease hyperactivity, in particular, in children with ADHD.3 

A deficiency in magnesium has also been shown to induce anxiety, which often accompanies the symptoms of ADHD.4Supplementing with magnesium reduces the symptoms of anxiety and stress.5

Understanding the role of magnesium in the body, what causes its deficiency, and how to correct the deficiency is essential to helping our children with ADHD thrive.

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Iron – Nutrient Deficiencies found in Children with Symptoms of ADHD (Part 3)

Iron - Nutrient Deficiencies found in Children with Symptoms of ADHD (Part 3)

Multiple studies have demonstrated that children with symptoms of ADHD and other learning disabilities have low iron stores, and that increasing their iron stores with supplementation and/or diet improves symptoms such as verbal learning and memory.1 2 3 4

One of the studies showed that children do not even need to be anemic in order to benefit from iron supplementation 5. This highlights the need to attain functionally optimal levels of iron in order to support brain function in our children. However, it is also important to be mindful not to supplement without monitoring iron levels, as iron overload can also be problematic.

This overview of iron deficiency in children with ADHD will help you understand the role of iron in the body, what happens when iron levels are not optimal, how to detect suboptimal levels, and what to do when you discover iron deficiency. (more…)