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Magnesium as important to bone growth as calcium

Published on 07/05/2013

Magnesium plays an important role in bone growth in children aged four to eight years old, according to an American study.


Salmon fish is a great source of magnesium

The study, presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies, investigated whether there was a link between magnesium intake and bone development.

It is widely known that magnesium is important for bone health in adults but the research tried to address whether magnesium was useful for children’s bones also. Calcium is often marketed as the most important ingredient to children’s bone growth but the data showed magnesium also had a vital part to play.

Steve Abrams, lead author of the research, said: “Lots of nutrients are key for children to have healthy bones. One of these appears to be magnesium.”

Over 60 children between the ages of four and eight who were not on any multivitamins or minerals were analysed for the study. Calcium and magnesium levels were recorded and by measuring urine samples scientists could determine how much calcium and magnesium had been absorbed into the body.

Magnesium-rich foods include salmon, almonds, oats, seeds and dark chocolate and should be part of a healthy and balanced diet.

The study results found that the amounts of magnesium absorbed into the body were key indicators of how much bone development children had recorded. Alternatively the recommended dietary calcium intake was not significantly linked to the total bone content or density.

Abrams said: “Calcium is important, but, except for those children and adolescents with very low intakes, may not be more important than magnesium.”

“We believe it is important for children to have a balanced, healthy diet with good sources of minerals, including both calcium and magnesium.”

Magnesium is regarded as an essential mineral for maintaining the body and consumption helps with muscle and nerve function, a healthy immune system, maintaining the heart and bone strength.

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