So I was reading an article the other day about a new supplement coming out. Aimed at ages 5-14, it is designed to address magnesium deficiency in young people. According to a study in Europe, children with ADHD are likely to have a magnesium deficiency.
This is a great idea for a supplement. And there’s definitely a need; I can’t tell you how often adults complain or make jokes about “having ADD”, and being unable to focus or concentrate like they used to. This is not meant to make light of the disorder, or the stress, grief and challenges it presents in one’s life as a result. It’s just to say that, if you have ADD, you’re definitely not alone. It seems to be a universal affliction these days, whether an individual is formally diagnosed or not.
Beneficial and well-designed as this supplement is, though, nature beat us to it. Nature’s magnesium supplements include many nuts (Brazil, almonds, cashews), cooked dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, chard, collards), and beans.
If you have a nut allergy, greens and beans have offer lots of options. If cooked greens taste bitter to you, adding a little lemon or lime juice and some sea salt can help.
If you feel like you have trouble concentrating, it’s worth incorporating more magnesium in your diet and seeing if it makes a difference.
NOTE: As a followup to the above post, there was a book published recently about the importance of magnesium. It is available here.