There are several different medications out on the market that is meant to quell the symptoms of ADD and ADHD, but these medications are both expensive and may have severe side effects on children. While you may eventually decide that medication is your best option, you may be equally surprised to discover how much a natural, vitamin-rich diet can improve focus and hyperactivity in children with ADD and ADHD.
Here are 6 vitamins and minerals that improve ADD/ADHD:
(Important Note: Always consult with your doctor before making any major changes to your child’s diet.)
1. Fish Oil and Omega-3 Fatty Acids
In addition to improving focus, fish oil and Omega-3s have been known to help children with ADD/ADHD organize objects (such as toys and crafts) and activities. You can either give your child a fish oil tablet or prepare them any of the following foods:
- Albacore Tuna
This supplement can be especially beneficial to children with ADD and ADHD between the ages of eight and 12.
2. Gingko and Ginseng
Gingko and Ginseng are herbs that stimulate brain activity in a similar way to ADD and ADHD medications without subjecting your child to the side effects. Not only are children and adults less distracted after eating these herbs, but they’re also less impulsive. These supplements have been shown to help children with attention deficit disorder between the ages of three and 17.
Melatonin is a natural supplement that can help people of all ages fall and stay asleep. Studies have shown that a healthier sleep cycle can relieve some of the symptoms of ADD, in children and adults alike. Unfortunately, melatonin has not been known to have many positive effects on those with ADHD.
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4. Vitamin B
Children who had a regular intake of Vitamin B saw an improvement in their IQ scores (by more than 15 points!). Those who consumed Vitamin B-6, in particular, experienced increased levels of dopamine, a natural chemical in the brain that promotes alertness. Children with ADD and ADHD who take this vitamin will be more equipped to listen to their teachers, mentors, and parents.
Protein has been known to positively impact children and adults with ADD and ADHD. You can increase your child’s protein intake with a tasty protein shake or naturally through any of the following foods:
- Dairy Products
Protein is really grounding for those with ADD and ADHD, in that it keeps blood sugar levels from spiking. A surge in blood sugar levels can greatly exacerbate the symptoms of ADD/ADHD.
6. Daily Supplements
You may consider giving your child a daily vitamin. It’s difficult for adults to obtain the nutrients they need in their daily food intake – just think about how much harder is it for children who are picky eaters! Check out one of our older blogs to see how you can get your child with special needs to take vitamins.
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