5 Essential Nutrients for healthy children – Part 3: Magnesium

Magnesium for most of us is something we studied back in high school chemistry and have since forgotten about it.  But it turns out that Magnesium is one of the top 5 essential nutrients for growth in children as it is involved in about 300 bodily functions.  It helps maintain maintain normal muscle, nerve, and heart function and improves bone health.  It also helps with energy production and builds a robust immune system.

So how much Magnesium does your child need?

  • 1- through 3-year-olds: 80 milligrams
  • 4- through 8-year-olds: 130 milligrams
  • 9- through 13-year-olds: 240 milligrams
  • 14- through 18-year-old males: 410 milligrams
  • 14- through 18-year-old females: 360 milligrams

Where do I find Magnesium?

Dark green vegetables, nuts and seeds – particularly pumpkin seeds, whole grains, and navy beans.

Did you know that Fiber, Calcium, Vitamin E, and Potassium are the other 4 essential ingredients.

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