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Magnesium – The Miracle Mineral

If your child is irritable and moody, has difficulty sleeping,  is constipated, anxious or stressed, they could be deficient in Magnesium.

Fish, leafy greens and vegetables are good sources of magnesium, but nowadays, many children can be faddy eaters and it can be very difficult to make sure your child gets one portion of fruit or veg a day, yet alone the recommended five, so it is very common for children to become magnesium deficient.  My School Gate contacted Dr Carolyn Dean, author of ‘The Magnesium Miracle’ , who treats children with all the aforementioned symptoms, and has found Magnesium supplements to benefit children immensely.  Dr Dean says:

“It’s not just adults who get anxious because of magnesium-deficient diets. Our children are also susceptible when their favourite foods are magnesium-deficient hot dogs, pizza, and soda. The stress in their lives – from peer pressure, academic and athletic performance pressures, worries about body image, the changes and hormonal fluctuations of puberty, exposure to negative events and violence through the media – also contributes. Even playing in a band (because of the loud noise) can be a risk factor! ADHD, autism, juvenile delinquency, and childhood depression are associated with magnesium deficiency, and some say these conditions can be caused by it.

“My favorite experience with kids and magnesium is in the ADHD and autism world. These kids can’t sleep, are constipated, experience twitching and spasming, irritability and moodiness – all symptoms of magnesium deficiency. Within days of taking magnesium, these kids are different. They are no longer constipated, they sleep better, they are calmer and more enjoyable to be with. It’s truly a miracle.”

Magnesium is very safe to give children as it does not build up in the body and it is automatically expelled if there is too much.  The best forms of magnesium are magnesium citrate and magnesium taurate capsules that you can open and sprinkle in a drink such as a milkshake or on your child’s food.  Magnesium oil and magnesium flakes are also very effective and can be put in your child’s bath as it is absorbed through the skin.  You can buy these at good health food stores.

Magnesium can also do wonders for parents, and is very effective in the treatment of all sorts of conditions including stress, sleep problems, diabetes, heart disease and even pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia. 

To listen to a short excerpt of Dr Dean’s experiences of magnesium and children, visit this clip on u-tube or if you are interested in finding out more about the health benefits of magnesium, you can visit her website.  A free ebook is available on Dr Dean’s non-profit magnesium website.

If you have treated your child with a magnesium supplement we would be interested to hear about your experience.




Lucy Miller

13th May 2012 at 10:39 am

I have been taking magnesium since reading this article and I can’t believe the difference. I suffer from anxiety and I don’t sleep very well. I took Magnesium Taurate capsules and have slept like a log for the last few nights. My son is very hyperactive and doesn’t concentrate very well at school, so I have been sprinkling the powder on his cereal and he is a changed character! Even his teacher has mentioned it to me at school and he hasn’t been getting into trouble at all this week!!


15th May 2012 at 1:42 pm

My son is very active and has been described by his teacher as having behavioural difficulties. Most days I am called up to see his teacher after school about one incident or another which I have found it quite stressful. I read this article and started giving him magnesium and it has made an incredible difference. For starters, he has slept much better and hasn’t been getting out of bed the usual five times a night, and he has been much calmer. I was called in to see his teacher again this week, but she wanted to tell me how well behaved he had been! I would definitely recommend magnesium to anyone and I can’t believe I haven’t come across it before.

Sara J

17th May 2012 at 2:50 pm

I have been giving my fourteen year old daughter a magnesium supplement since reading this and she is a different person. She has been having a hard time at school and has been stressed and not sleeping particularly well. It is early days yet, but she seems to be much happier and just taking things in her stride. I have started taking it myself as I am interested to see the effect it has, and have slept very well and am much calmer in myself. I would definitely recommend it.


20th May 2012 at 12:55 pm

I’ve been giving magnesium to my daughter for a year now and it has made such a difference. She used to have quite an angry temperament and was very irritable but now she seems a lot happier in herself and I rarely see the old mood swings that used to affect her daily. She says even her friends have commented on it in the past!


1st July 2012 at 11:38 am

I’ve used magnesium for years as an adult. I have an overactive adrenalin gland and a nervous disposition and I don’t sleep very well normally. Magnesium has a very calming effect on me and I tend to sleep very well when I take it. I have noticed when I don’t take it for a few days I sleep more lightly and I worry more.


18th July 2012 at 1:39 pm

I work with special needs children (my son is also special needs) and I find it difficult to understand why I have never come across Magnesium before. Now I know about it, there seems to be a lot of information out there that you wouldn’t easily stumble across. I suggested to the parents of the children that I work with to try a magnesium supplement, most of whom welcomed the suggestion with open arms and started them on supplements straight away. I have seen a very significant change in the temperament of nearly all of the children. It has also certainly made a difference to my son. I started taking it at the same time as him to understand better how it will effect him, and I feel so much more relaxed about everything and very clear headed.

Helen P

11th August 2012 at 2:02 pm

I have recently started my daughter (and myself!) on magnesium taurate and just want to say a huge thank you to this site for bringing it to my attention. My daughter seems like a different person – she has turned from a moody teenager to a pleasure to be around (well, most of the time!) – and I feel as though I can cope much better with things in general. It’s as close to a happy pill I think you can get! I had no idea about the whole ‘magnesium effect’ until I read this article but there’s tons of stuff about it on google – I wish I had known about it a long time ago.


8th February 2014 at 8:27 am

I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to the people who wrote and commented on this blog!

My 7 year old daughter was cranky, up and down emotionally, grumpy especially in the morning, couldn’t concentrate (also is dyslexic), constipated, fussy eater – I can’t remember her ever eating a green vegetable. She was ‘waspy’, complicated…

Even her birth was complicated, my waters broke 39 hours before she was born, and then the doctors discovered I was Group B Strep and put her on antibiotics. (She has been on several further doses since).

Anyway – now the good news – she has been on magnesium for one week. She woke up this morning looking for a hug, she is now singing away playing with lego, she is so much happier, not arguing so much with her brother. Her teachers have already noticed a difference. She grasped the concept on subtraction in maths because she was able to concentrate. She is not constipated. All this in 5 days!

A miracle? Definately! Even my sceptical husband cant believe it. I am just sorry I let this go on for so long without realising that something so simple could make such a big difference.

I am now wondering about the older people in my life – the cranky old men and women who used to boil all the goodness out of their vegetables and drain them out with the water. Perhaps they would have benefited from magnesium too.


14th February 2014 at 6:23 pm

Which is the best magnesium supplement for kids and what amount


9th March 2014 at 9:13 pm

Hi my 10 year old son is going through a bad time at the minute with anxiety,a few week ago he was eating his tea and choked on a peice of meat! Since then he is petrified of swallowing and choking thinking he won’t be able to breath he had a panick attack the other night and ended up in hospital! He is very anxious and restless he has always suffered with sleeping at night since I can remember! What supplement would you recommend?


1st October 2014 at 3:08 am

I need help… I am so worried about my son.. he is so constipated he bleeds when he has a bm..please let me know if anyone has experienced something like this and should i give my son magnesium. Please help worried mom.


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