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ADHD Natural Vitamins for Kids

by
author image Tyler Woods
Tyler Woods is a holistic mental-health practitioner and has had a private practice for over 13 years. She holds a master's degree in psychology as well as a Ph.D. from the Creative Health Institute. She enjoys working with holistic mental health. Woods is the author of "The Natural Health and Wellness System" and writes for "The Tucson Citizen" and various other newspapers and magazines.
ADHD Natural Vitamins for Kids
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Vitamins can play a key role in obtaining balance in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) kids. Good biochemical vitamin balance is essential to helping the brain equalize certain neurotransmitters. There are vitamins that can help brain function and are important for those who want to use vitamins to treat ADHD in children.

Omega-3 Fatty Acid

It has been suggested that children experiencing ADHD could have low levels of omega-3, fish oil. The docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) that are thought to be the building blocks of the brain can play a role in treating symptoms of ADHD. Our body does not naturally produce this compound and the American diet, especially for children, is notoriously low in the beneficial omega-3 fats.

Magnesium

Magnesium can have a calming effect and is available in many foods, and most children probably do not get as much magnesium as they should from their diet. Low magnesium levels could lead to irritability, anxiety and restlessness. This mineral can play a significant role in sugar metabolism, which is an important factor of stabilizing moods and concentration.

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 is required for normal brain development and is essential in the synthesis of brain chemicals including serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. A deficiency in B6 could display symptoms like irritability, inability to concentrate, and short-term memory loss. Regular intake of vitamin B6 could help reduce behavioral problems in a hyperactive child.

Natural Vitamins Found in Foods

Natural vitamins are the vitamins we find in our food. Good sources B vitamins are fish, milk, eggs, yeast, cereals and green-leafy vegetables. Oranges are a great source of vitamin C and can improve our mood. Magnesium, a calming mineral, can be found in foods like black beans, peas, nuts, seeds and ready-to-eat whole grain cereals. Zinc can be found in beef, lamb, pork, turkey, chicken, crabmeat and salmon. Foods highest in omega-3 are fatty fish such as salmon or tuna, flax seeds, walnuts, butternuts and soybeans.

Warnings

Megadoses of vitamins are not necessarily healthy for a child. A good multiple vitamin with iron can be safe and effective. There is children’s omega-3 that have the correct dosages on the label. Most stores carry vitamins for children, and parents should refrain from giving them adult vitamins. Parents need to use vitamins specifically for kids.

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