Infants who have high or low levels of magnesium in their blood may experience slower mental development, says a new study.
You need an optimal level of magnesium for mental developmentResearch at Harvard University's College of Physical Education does not prove that magnesium, which is present in food, water, air, and soil, is the cause of slower growth, but it does confirm that small amounts of magnesium are needed for normal nerve function, but large amounts can be harmful. The novelty of this study is to examine the level of magnesium in the early years of children's life, and more specifically, the effect this level has on the balanced development of the brain.
Dr. Birgit Claus Henn and colleagues found that 12-month-old infants who had low blood magnesium levels in their lower 20 was read in the Epidemiology magazine. We also observed that at two years of age, blood levels of magnesium had no effect on mental development. Magnesium seems to be so important only in the first year of life: the relationship between magnesium levels at 12 months and later mental development has increased with age, but as time has gone by, it has become less and less important.
"This is the first study examining the relationship between infant magnesium and mental development, so the results should be interpreted carefully," Henn said. "However, if further studies confirm this discovery, we can say that both low and high magnesium levels can have a detrimental effect on the development of the small nervous system."
Magnesium is a natural component of rocks and the natural world, and is constantly introduced into the body through food, such as cereals, greens and fruits and through water. Used mainly in the steel industry, workers in such jobs are more exposed to the toxic effects of magnesium on nerve cells, which can lead to symptoms such as concentration difficulties, and similar to Parkinson's disease.
In the current study, Henn and his colleague studied 448 Mexican children from birth to 3 years. Every sixth month, we accomplish simple tasks for children with mental development, communication, problem solving, and memory.
According to Henn, 12-month-olds in the lower and upper 20s, based on magnesium, achieved 3 points less in intellectual development when compared to their peers. Because it is not certain that magnesium levels in themselves have caused mental retardation, other factors have been investigated - blood levels, maternal IQ levels, and education. According to Dr. Henn, it is not excluded that toxins from other environments may have an effect on the results of the research.
Parents should be careful not to expose their children to too much magnesium, but make sure they get enough. Some magnesium is found in light weight in fungi and fungi, so we need to protect our children from these products. Henn also warns that even though the magnesium content of conductive water is regulated, large amounts of magnesium can be found in the water.