Magnesium is the eighth most abundant element and one of the most important element for plant and animal life. Being the catalyst in the absorption of many nutrients into the body, magnesium is especially important to children as it aids in taking in energy from foods and producing proteins. With the ability to relax the mind and body, aid in the production of serotonin, and help maintain blood sugar levels.
Vitamin B6 is essential in a child’s diet for a healthy metabolism, brain development (during pregnancy as well as infancy) and play a central role in the immune system development.
The best sources for both magnesium and Vitamin B6 are to be found several different food types. Office of Dietary Supplements Health Professional Fact Sheet on Vitamin B6 recommends several different foods such as poultry, fish and organ meats as well as starchy vegetables such as potatoes.
Magnesium can be found in several types of food stuffs such as green leafy vegetables, seeds, lentils and bananas. All of which can be readily consumed raw to take the full advantage of the mineral.
There have also been links to helping with symptoms of ADHD, depression, and even autism in children. Magnesium can be found in foods such as almonds, cashews, peas, beans, spinach, quinoa, cooked potato (with skin)and many others. So be sure to have plently of those Yummie tinkgs in the diet.
Another important vitamin is B6. Children benefit from the vitamin B6 as it also helps with brain activity and the production of serotonin, and is also a large factor in proper immune system function. Vitamin B6 has also been linked to helping with anxiety, ADHD, and asthma. Food sources for vitamin B6 include cooked potato (with skin), sunflower seeds, pistachios, tuna, salmon, liver and many others.
Institute of Medicine. Food and Nutrition Board. Dietary Reference Intakes: Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, and Choline . Washington, DC: National
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