Of course, all responsible parents do their best to see their children are receiving proper nutrition. Still, parents are not nutritionists. Is it possible your child’s anger problem may stem from nutritional deficiency? Is there some vital mineral, vitamin or other nutrient your child is lacking? Some say nutritional deficiencies are behind many mental disorders. Is this true? What nutrients are essential for anger control?
OK, so it’s not a nutrient. Water is a vital ingredient in every bodily function. This includes functions in the brain. The human brain is made up of 75% water. When water levels in the brain are depleted, proper brain function is hampered. This leads to confusion, disorientation and eventually, anger and frustration. Be sure that your child is adequately hydrated.
All the B vitamins, particularly Vitamin B12 are responsible for mood. Vitamin B12 deficiency is also responsible for a certain type of anemia. Prior to the anemia, you may notice bouts of anger and other changes in mood. Vitamin B12 is available in meat and dairy products. If your child is a vegan suffering from anger issues, be sure they eat plenty of products containing fermented soy, tempah and seaweed. These don’t sound very appetizing, but they are quite tasty. Try supplements if you’d rather.
Magnesium deficiency is an often overlooked issue resulting in anger problems, as well as other mental conditions. Some researchers attribute the collapse of civilized society to magnesium deficiency. This is because magnesium is the key to many physical and mental processes. Without magnesium, the brain gets no signals from the rest of the body. If you suspect your child’s anger problems stem from magnesium deficiency, try a daily supplement. Ask your doctor for proper dosage information.
Zinc works as a neurotransmitter in the brain. That is, zinc is responsible for helping transmit signals along the pathways of the brain. Without zinc, neurons cannot serve their purpose. Your child may be zinc deficient if they show signs of anger and irritability. There is some evidence to suggest that low levels of zinc are responsible, or contribute toward, diseases such as ADD, autism and bipolar disorders. Zinc is also available in supplement form.
Is there anything this stuff isn’t good for? Omega3 is a brain powerhouse. There is good reason fish is called brain food. Don’t worry, fellow vegetarians, you can also get Omega3 from flaxseed and other nuts. If your child’s anger issues stem from Omega3 there is an easy cure. Supplementation with Omega3 has even been used on criminals with success. You can read about it here.
Why not play it safe? Certainly there are other nutrients responsible for anger. Everyone gets at least a little grouchy when they are not properly nourished. Why not talk to your doctor about nutritional deficiencies that may be responsible for your child’s anger? Keeping children well nourished is one of the most important jobs of a good parent. It couldn’t hurt to check if your child’s anger problem stems from nutritional deficiency.
Please note: The author is not a licensed medical professional. This article is for general information purposes only. See your doctor for further information on nutritional deficiencies and anger management.