Vitamins and Supplements for ADHD
Have you ever wondered whether vitamins and supplements can help treat the symptoms of ADHD?
Over the past few decades, alternative and complementary medicine has grown in popularity. As a result, there is now a wide range of nontraditional approaches to personal health and healing. These various approaches are sometimes used in the place of standard medical approaches, although it’s important to recognize that none are recognized by the medical community as established alternatives to proven treatments. Oftentimes, though, they are used in addition to standard medical therapy. Some alternative remedies are safe, relatively affordable, and easily accessible, but their efficacy may not be proven.
There are also natural or alternative remedies that may be unsafe or may have dangerous interactions with prescription medicines you might also be taking. That's why it's important to know what works and what doesn't when it comes to nonstandard treatments for conditions like ADHD. The fact that claims are made that a vitamin or supplement is natural is not a guarantee that it's safe, and not all health foods or supplements are overseen by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to assure quality. It's important to always discuss any therapy with your doctor before trying it.
Read on to discover whether there are vitamins and natural supplements that are safe and effective for treating symptoms of ADHD.
Zinc for ADHD Symptoms
Some studies suggest that children with ADHD may have lower levels of zinc in their body. And some scientists have reported improved symptoms in children with ADHD who took zinc supplements along with traditional ADHD treatment.
Several studies have shown a reduction in hyperactivity and impulsivity with zinc supplementation. The same studies, though, report no change in inattentiveness, which is another key symptom of ADHD. A 2005 study in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, though, did show a correlation between zinc levels and teacher- and parent-rated inattention in children.
Foods high in zinc include oysters and other seafood, red meat, poultry, dairy products, beans, nuts, whole grains, and fortified cereals.
Fish Oil for ADHD Symptoms
There is some evidence that fish oil can help improve ADHD symptoms. Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids. There are some findings that suggest that, in children with ADHD who are 8 to 12 years old, fish oil supplementation may improve mental skills. For instance, it may help improve a child's ability to organize activities.
In one study, a specific supplement of fish oil and evening primrose oil was used. Results showed that it improved hyperactivity, inattentiveness, an inability to think clearly, and overall behavior in children with ADHD who were 7 to 12 years old.
Fish high in omega 3 fatty acids include salmon, albacore tuna, herring, mackerel, trout, and sardines.