I just recently read this information in “ADDitude” magazine online. They outline several ways to relieve symptoms of ADHD without medication.

I have seen these ideas discussed over the past several years, and some in particular ring true:
– fatty oils / fish oil
– iron, zinc & vitamin C and vitamin B6
– lots of protein in the diet to keep energy steady throughout the day
They note that for the fish oil, “The best supplements have two or three times more EPA than DHA.”
I know that the “gentle” forms of iron work much better — the other types are constipating. I buy my “gentle” iron at Whole Foods.
Vitamin B is very helpful in reducing anxiety. While a student may not exhibit outward signs, he may feel stressed at school when he gets reprimanded for not being on task, or when he realizes that he forgot something.
I really like most of the suggestions. However, the slideshow veers away from nutrition into lifestyle recommendations. I must caution that the “brain games” they recommend, such as CogMed (or Lumosity), do not have research to support long-term results. They are expensive and put a kid in front of a screen even longer.
I think a good antidote for our computer-addicted kids is some time outdoors.
Furthermore, I have not found compelling research on the effectiveness of NeuroFeedback. There is a lot of promising marketing, but it’s expensive — too expensive to experiment with at this time, in my opinion. I love the idea behind it — teaching yourself to control your inner systems — but I don’t know how it works with younger children.
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2 thoughts on “Good Nutrition Can Lessen ADHD Symptoms

  • September 30, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    I have personal experience with ADHD as several people in my family have intensive personalities.
    I use Chia Seeds in fruit smoothies to help them focus.. Chia Seeds are an amazing superfood that contain numerous health and healing benefits. Chia seeds are a rich source of protein, vitamins E & B-complex and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, boron, zinc, strontium, and iron. They are higher in omega-3 fatty acids than any other food and are known to be particularly beneficial for chronic inflammation, heart disease, brain function, cancer and autoimmune diseases. Chia seeds are a great “brain food” and they are know to improve memory, sharpen focus and concentration skills and reduce brain fog and forgetfulness. Chia seeds provide a great source of energy and help you feel energized with sustaining energy all day long. Chia seeds are available at health food stores, Trader Joes and Sprouts.

  • September 30, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    This sounds great, Sylvia. Thank you for sharing this information! Do you grind them up first, or just add them to your food?

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