It has long been known that calcium is an important part of bone growth and health in children, but is another mineral even more important? According to a recent study performed at Baylor College of Medicine, magnesium is just as important, if not more important, than calcium in the healthy development and growth of bones in children.
The study was performed on 63 healthy children between the ages of four and eight. During the length of the study, the children kept food diaries, parents measured the foods their children consumed to assure accuracy, and they spent two 3-day stays in the hospital. Researchers studied the consumption of magnesium as well as calcium and the bone density of the children. Lead researcher Steven Abrams, professor of pediatrics at BCM, stated of the study results:
“Calcium is important, but, except for those children and adolescents with very low intakes, may not be more important than magnesium.”
The study results, presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies in Washington, D.C., showed that consumption magnesium was directly related to bone density and mineral content. Calcium, however, was not.
Dr. Abrams’ conclusion of the study were, as reported in Daily Mail Online:
‘We believe it is important for children to have a balanced, healthy diet with good sources of minerals, including both calcium and magnesium,’ Dr. Abrams concluded.