So your child or yourself has been diagnosed with ADHD, Anxiety or maybe even Autism and you have made the choice that you don’t want to go the prescription medication route. So you look at all the info on diet changes and supplements and you are so overwhelmed that it’s going to be expensive and consume your life and to be honest that is how I felt. In this post, I am going to go over your starting point vitamins and what vitamins kids with ADHD are deficient in. With making any change you should always do one thing at a time, my biggest mistake in healing my kids was that I changed everything all at once, so not only did I stress myself out but I stressed their bodies out and they got a lot worse first. Over the next week, I will talk about diet changes and removing dyes from your diet and the next steps to get your kids behavior under control.
B’s and Behavior
Essential Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acids, especially omega-3 acids, play a crucial role in memory, brain performance, mood and behavior. Symptoms of essential fatty acids deficiency include hyperactivity in children and disorders of the nervous system, poor memory, fatigue, inflammatory conditions and hormonal imbalances. In the 2000 issue of the “American Journal for Clinical Nutrition,” C.J. Antalis and colleagues found that patients with ADHD are deficient in certain essential fatty acids.
Magnesium is considered “the anti-stress” mineral and it acts as a natural tranquilizer. A person who is deficient in this mineral may manifest hyperactivity, startled reactions, insomnia, restlessness and mental confusion, which, interestingly, are common symptoms in ADHD. In the June 2, 1997 issue of “Magnesium Research,” T. Kozielec and B. Sarobrat-Hermelin concluded that a significant percentage of children with ADHD were deficient in magnesium.
Zinc plays an important role in the activity of neurotransmitters, fatty acids and melatonin, which are connected with healthy behavior and sleep. Some effects of zinc insufficiency can translate into mental and sleep disorders and loss of appetite. Zinc may also depress copper levels. In a study published in the June 28, 2010 issue of the “International Journal of Pediatrics,” the authors concluded that children with ADHD showed a predisposition for low zinc and copper status. They also found an association between ADHD and low ferritin levels, which is an expression of iron deficiency. Have you ever heard of the saying ” Zinc helps you think”? Well it is so true!!!
Best Multivitamins for Kids with ADHD…What My Kids Take
Even more than the general population, ADHD patients need an adequate vitamin intake for optimal brain function and to balance mineral shortage. Vitamins and minerals have a synergistic action, which means a vitamin deficiency may correlate with an imbalance of other nutrients. For example, a deficiency in vitamin C will affect some vitamins and minerals because this vitamin increases the absorption of copper and iron, and is connected with the absorption of vitamin E, selenium and beta-carotene.
Stay away from vitamins at Walmart or even CVS that are just generic kids multivitamins they are loaded with aspartame, dye, and sugar. Below are the two kids multivitamins I recommend, both are even good for kids who struggle with the MTHFR Mutation and cant absorb B-Vitamins. The seeking health one is my ultimate favorite vitamin and is what two of my kids take. It has not only great levels of vitamins in it but also has minerals as well! If you pick that one you will have to supplement with a good omega as it is not built in like the smarty pants vitamins. Some kids need a separate omega as they are deficient in omegas.
To read more about what gut health is so important for kids with ADHD you can read my article on the topic here