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ADHD Vitamins and Supplements

Research suggests that ADHD symptoms improve with a protein-rich, low-sugar diet including a few essential vitamins and supplements designed to stimulate the brain’s power to focus and manage executive functions.

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Research suggests that ADHD symptoms improve with a protein-rich, low-sugar diet including a few essential vitamins and supplements designed to stimulate the brain’s power to focus and manage executive functions.

Below is ADDitude’s crib sheet for understanding the Top 5 ADHD-friendly supplements.

Consult with your physician before introducing a supplement or vitamin into your own or your child’s treatment plan.

5 Vitamins and Supplements That Combat ADHD

1. Fish Oil
Studies show that omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) may stimulate brain and nerve function, improving ADHD symptoms such as focus and hyperactivity in some patients. Outside of sardines, tuna, and salmon, the best source of EFAs is a fish-oil supplement with roughly a 4:1 ratio of EFAs to omega-6 fatty acids (DHAs).
2. Vitamins C and B6
Vitamin C is required by the brain to make neurotransmitters like dopamine, which increases alertness and attention. Likewise, a deficiency of Vitamin B6 can result in irritability and fatigue.
3. Iron
Iron, which also plays a key role in affecting the production of dopamine, is often found in significantly lower levels in children with ADHD than it is in the rest of population. Diet, not supplements, is the safest way to increase your child’s iron levels.
4. Magnesium
Magnesium is also used to make neurotransmitters involved in attention and concentration, and it has a calming effect on the brain.
5. Zinc
Zinc regulartes the neurotransmitter dopamine, and it may make methylphenidate more effective by improving the brain’s reaction to dopamine.