: ADD & ADHD: Start with a Multivitamin
Staying focused in the classroom can be a challenge for any child, but it's particularly difficult for kids with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The principal characteristics of ADHD are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 11 percent of school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD, and the rate of diagnosis is rising.
The cause of ADHD is thought to be largely genetic, but many experts believe that there is a nutritional component. And while ADHD isn't strictly a condition of deficiency, most children diagnosed with it are deficient in key nutrients and respond well to supplementation.
A high-quality multivitamin/mineral supplement will provide a wide range of nutrients essential for overall health, including those that have been shown to be helpful for children with ADD and ADHD. Magnesium, B vitamins, and zinc are especially important.
Irritability, decreased attention span, and mental confusion are all signs of magnesium deficiency. In one study, kids with ADHD who were deficient in magnesium showed improved behavior when given a magnesium supplement compared to those who didn't receive a supplement.
The B vitamins help relax the nervous system and improve concentration. Adequate levels of vitamin B6 are needed for the body to produce serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, brain chemicals affected in children with ADHD.
Zinc is one of the most common minerals that's deficient in kids with ADHD. Zinc regulates the activity of brain chemicals, fatty acids, and melatonin, which are all related to behavior. Research shows that zinc may help improve behavioral issues in children with ADHD.
Incorporate a high-quality multivitamin/mineral supplement into your child's daily regimen. Your natural market offers formulas for all ages so you can select the formula that's appropriate for your child. Combined with a balanced diet rich in minimally processed whole foods, a multi will supply the nutrients your child needs to support brain health.