As parents, we all want our children to grow up happy and healthy, ensuring their diet includes sufficient nutrients. In today's society, children lack the minerals needed for health due to eating processed foods and using chelating pesticides that keep minerals bound in the soil they grow on.
Three essential minerals that we lack are magnesium, calcium, and potassium.
Childhood obesity is still a serious problem in developed countries putting children and adolescents at risk for poor health. That’s why children need to amp up the intake of magnesium, since magnesium is crucial for normal glucose metabolism. Magnesium levels increase in the blood following glucose ingestion as it is involved in the action of insulin to clear glucose from the blood. Magnesium actually lowers blood sugar by sensitizing the insulin receptors, resulting in a normal insulin response.
In addition, magnesium citrate regulates neurotransmitters, which send signals throughout the nervous system and brain helping our children feel calm and relaxed.
- Recommended dosage per day: 200 mg of elemental magnesium
Calcium is essential for growth and development of children and adolescents as it maintains strong bones and teeth while also playing a role in muscle contractions, nerve stimulations and regulating blood pressure. A National Nutrition Survey revealed that 77% of girls and 64% of boys aged 12 to 15 years were not getting the daily requirements for calcium. This could lead to poor bone health and osteoporosis later in life.
- Recommended dosage per day: 700 mg of elemental Calcium over several servings since we cannot absorb more than 500 mg at a time.
It’s easy to overlook potassium when trying to eat healthy. Potassium deficiency in children can lead to many diseases and conditions that are common to adults, like hypertension, heart disease, weight gain, and depression. A common symptom of potassium deficiency is fatigue.
- Recommended dosage per day: 3000 mg of elemental potassium.
Why 3 minerals in one supplement?
There is a synergistic effect between Potassium, Calcium, and Magnesium which helps build strong muscles and bones. Magnesium serves as a promoter to enhance calcium absorption and potassium contributes to better magnesium absorption. Magnesium also plays a role in the active transport of calcium and potassium ions across cell membranes, a process that is important to nerve impulse conduction, muscle contraction, and normal heart rhythm.
Gadot's organic Potassium, Calcium, and Magnesium options are all citrate-based thus providing high bioavilibility when compared to other mineral sources.
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