your child disruptive and aggressive?
may have a
deficiency of zinc or vitamin B.
and adolescents with behavioural disorders and aggressive behaviour are
frequently malnourished. Those with certain nutritional deficiencies, such as
those for zinc, iron, B vitamins and protein exhibit a 41% increase in
aggressive behaviour by the age of 8, and by the age of 17 there is violent and
antisocial behaviour in 51% (Am
J Psychiatry 2004;
deficiencies in the diet of these children resulted in abnormal development of
the nervous system. Zinc is the single most common deficiency in the American
population, with an estimated 80% of the whole population at risk. Zinc is
important for many biological reactions and is especially significant in the
maintenance of a healthy immune system. Zinc is also important in foetal
development and specifically neurological function.
is also evidence that iron deficiency may be an important contributor to the
aggressive behavioral syndrome. Among adolescent males, iron deficiency has been
shown to be directly associated with aggressive behaviour (J Special Educ 1974;
8: 153-6). Moreover, in a population
of imprisoned adolescents, the prevalence of iron deficiency was nearly twice
that found in their non-incarcerated peers.
B6 is essential for the synthesis or metabolism of practically all the
neurotransmitters (chemicals which help to transmit messages in the nervous
system). A deficiency of vitamin B6 causes symptoms such as tiredness,
nervousness, irritability, depression and insomnia. So in susceptible
individuals it’s not surprising that this deficiency can cause behavioural
changes resulting in aggression and possibly criminal
behavior (Crime Times 1997; 3: 6-7).
is made up of amino acids, some of which are important in behaviour. Some amino
acids are precursors for neurotransmitters within the body. Certain proteins
derived from the digestion of milk and wheat has drug-like effects that have the
potential to affect neurotransmitters. Certain proteins have been shown
scientifically to affect mood and behaviour.
sources of these nutrients
diet should be high in:
meat, fish, seafood, mushrooms and brewer’s yeast for zinc
meat, fish, beans and dark green vegetables for iron
kidney’s, cabbage, eggs and brewer’s yeast for vitamin B6
poultry, eggs, beans, nuts and whole grains for protein.
to alleviate these nutritional
frequency of periodic food fads, slimming trends, tendencies to skip meals and
irregular eating habits points towards the need for supplementation. However,
many children and adolescents are unwilling or unable to take tablets. We have
linked up with the producers of liquid-based supplements called Aquaceuticals.
blend is specially designed taking into account all information highlighted
above. The mixture of iron, zinc and vitamin B6, blended together in an orange-flavoured
drink. This can be drunk on its own or added to water or other beverages. This
should supplement the diet of growing children and adolescents.
information on childhood aggression and diet
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