Nutrition for the Brain: Magnesium

Foods that Contain Magnesium

Magnesium is an important mineral that’s involved in virtually every function in the body as outlined in Dr. Robert Melillo’s book “The Disconnected Kids The Nutrition Plan.” This series, “Nutrition for the Brain,” will explore the nutrients that are most important to brain development and childhood health.


Magnesium supports a healthy immune system, prevents inflammation and calms the central nervous system to help the body fight stress. It increases the brain’s neuroplasticity and is essential for great memory – it improves brain electrical activity to allow for better learning and memory functions.


Magnesium deficiency is common in children with both ADHD and autism. Studies show that supplementation can help alleviate hyperactivity, irritability, and sleep disturbances in children with neurodevelopmental disorders.


Though supplementation is warranted for many children with a brain imbalance, it is still important to eat magnesium-rich foods. The best sources of magnesium are whole grain and soy foods. Other sources included:

  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Brown Rice
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Salmon
  • Squash

More information on magnesium can be found on page 108 of my book “The Disconnected Kids Nutrition Plan.”


 Infographic Magnesium for the Brain Dr. Robert Melillo


Disconnected Kids Nutrition Plan

Dr. Robert Melillo’s Brain Balance program has helped thousands of families across the country, offering a drug-free, scientifically based method for addressing a wide range of conditions, including autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. In this new book, he presents the nutritional side of The Brain Balance Program, featuring guidelines, tips, and kid-friendly recipes based on the latest scientific research on how food affects the brain.

Disclaimer: The information presented on this web site is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment of specific medical conditions. Discuss this information with your healthcare provider to determine what is right for you and your family.