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Who Else Wants to Know How Vitamins Help ADHD?

Updated on December 3, 2012

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD is a common condition which affects children and teens that is similar to ADD, which more commonly affects adults.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has estimated that at least 3 to 5 percent of children have ADHD, while other experts have said that the condition occurs in 8 to 10 percent of school aged children.

Due to the unpleasant and dangerous side effects of medication, many people have searched for alternative remedies.

There are now a wide array of non-medication choices that promote healing and health related to ADHD, many of which are used instead of the standard medical approach. Sometimes, however, vitamin preparations are used in concert with medical therapy. The following vitamins and supplements help with attention deficit disorder:

Vitamins B3 and B5

Children and adults alike diagnosed with ADHD usually require an extra amount of B3 and B5 vitamins. Vitamin B3 affects nervous system function and has been known to help with a number of maladies, from schizophrenia to other mental illnesses. In addition, these vitamins work as stresss fighters for ADHD, since people afflicted usually have such low tolerance levels for stress. These vitamins can also reduce other ADHD symptoms such as mood instability, fatigue and concentration difficulties.

Vitamins B6 and B12

ADHD: Vitamin B6 is an important supplement for the best brain function and also isaid to help maintain normal magnesium levels, which are usually deficient in people with ADHD.

As with all of the other B vitamins, B12 vitamin has an integral role in the nervous system and the regulation of moods, fatigue, anxiety and memory problems.

ADHD & B12: Sufficient amounts of vitamin B12 are needed also to assure that the SAMe (synthesis of S-adenosyl-methionine) - an amino acid known to promote concentration, alertness and well-being.

Vitamins C, D and E

The powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C is recognized as an effective immune booster and also a known factor in synthesizing imbalances of the norepinephrine neurotransmitter, which are linked to ADHD.

People with ADHD typically have low levels of ferritin and essential fatty acids, both of which are more efficiently absorbed with vitamin C. Vitamin E improves brain circulation and protects brain tissue from toxic free radicals.

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for brain growth, function and development. Deficiencies of this vitamin are associated with mood swings, depression, psychological issues and mood swings.

Therefore, since those are all symptoms associated with ADHD, Vitamin D is an essential part of the nutritive plan for ADHD sufferers.

Fish Oil

There has been a great deal of evidence that fish oil can help alleviate ADHD symptoms. The omega-3 fatty acid properties are said to improve mental skills and the ability to organize and focus mentally.

In one particular study, results showed an improvement as to inattentiveness and hyperactivity, and an improvement in overall behavior in 7 to 12 year old children with ADHD.


The mineral, magnesium is known to have a calming effect. Many people do not get adequate amounts of magnesium as they should, which can result in deficiencies contributing to a variety of bodily malfunctions.

Low magnesium levels may lead to anxiety, irritability and restlessness. This mineral may also play a significant role in levels of sugar metabolism, an important aspect of mood and concentration stabilization.


Studies have suggested that children with ADHD could have much lower zinc levels than what are recommended in their body.

Scientists have also reported much-improved symptoms for children with ADHD disorder, when, as part of a comprehensive treatment program, they took zinc supplements.

There have been several research studies that have demonstrated significant reductions in impulsive and hyperactive behavior when zinc was supplemented in people’s diets. In a Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology study from 2005, there was a correlation shown between the zinc levels of children and inattention, by both parents and teachers.

Natural Alternatives for Attention Deficit Disorder:


Listol is an all natural formula supplement that is used by many people to manage and control ADHD symptoms in children and ADD in adults.

This supplement is said to assist by managing and alleviating the disorder by reducing and removing body toxins, while enhancing learning and memory.

Listol has also been reported to have a positive and noticeable effect on learning in all ages, from infants to children, teenagers and adults. This natural remedy is also said to help correct certain vitamin deficiencies that are commonly associated with the ADHD disorder.

Focus Formula

Created by Native Remedies, Focus Formula is an herbal preparation that was developed to assist people in maintaining their concentration, while improving the general attention span.

Native Remedies maintains that their formula is suitable for all age ranges, as well as aiding in balancing emotions and moods.

It is purported that this herbal remedy also promotes oxygen and nutrient flow to the brain, which increases better brain processing, memory and overall function.

Focus Formula combines many well known ingredients. The 100% natural, safe, non-addictive formula includes these ingredients: Maidenhair Tree (Ginkgo biloba), German chamomile (Matricaria recutita), Skullcap (Scutellaria laterifolia), Wild Oats (Avena sativa), Gotu cola (Centella asiatica), and Extract of Nettle and Rooibos.

Focus Formula also claims to promote normal energy levels as another added benefit of its properties.

Attention Link

Based upon three years of research and development by Pharmatech Limited, Attention Link is a proprietary formula for which there is documented information on its impact upon brain neurotransmitters.

Designed for both children and adults, Attention Link from Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals includes a selection of herbs, compounds and micronutritients which have been shown to assist with contributing to regulate normal levels of brain stimulation, enhance blood circulation, and increase brain neurotransmitter activity. The formulation is said to promote clarity, enhance memory, mood and brain function. While alleviating anxiety, it also purports contribute to a person having a sense of well-being, using the proprietary Extend-Rx delivery system.


Attend is a doctor formulated, safe and natural supplement consisting of many well-known ingredients.

The ingredients are said to assist with calming and reducing frustration and stress, help people with improved concentration and focusing attention, and allow for more balanced and smooth processing of information. The formula also assists with flushing out toxins and free radicals and plaque from the neuro-pathways, while increasing nutrient flow, energy and oxygen for the brain.

Attend works through helping neural growth stimulating, regenerating and patterning neural network connections.


Oxidative Stress Relief (OSR), produced by CTI Science, is a powerful antioxidant supplement which functions much as a chelation device. It has reportedly improved the language, cognizance and social skills of people who suffer from ADHD.


Synaptol is a natural formula designed to specifically assist those suffering from ADHD.

The formula works to calm minds and reduce mood swings of those who suffer from over-activity. Synaptol has worked well for both children and adults, in diminishing stress-related symptoms of ADHD.

By calming aggression, patients may easier focus and enjoy longer attention spans, without the typical side effects that drugs usually have, often creating more problems.


Trimethlyglycine (TMG), sold by Kirkman Labs, is a B12-Folinic Acid based capsule supplement that has been said to help the neuro-methylation pathway. Used along with other helpful vitamin and mineral supplementation, TMG could be an effective addition to an ADHD natural vitamin regimen.

2-Phenylethylamine HCL

Pharmacologists have touted the benefits of 2-Phenylethylamine HCL which is
Considered structurally clean and is present naturally in human tissues and fluids. Phenylethylamine is a catecholamine precursor and intrinsically probably the cleanest stimulant known to man. It is is a stimulant, however, it does not cause jitters or nervousness.

Phenylethylamine is also found in chocolate, which can be responsible for appetite, mood, and sense of well-being. Until recently, phenylethylamine usually was destroyed quickly within the body. When included as part of a delivery system, phenylethylamine HCL can last long enough to work as a balancer for the body’s nerve structure and brain function – two components of all effective ADHD remedies.


Ca-EDTA with vitamin C has been said to improve cognition, attention span and more productive social interaction. It is a part of chelation therapy, a process where toxic metals or minerals (like mercury, lead, arsenic, iron and aluminum) are bonded to an amino acid, such as EDTA and subsequently removed from the body.

Since heavy metal toxins are said to contribute to ADHD, this natural process is considered beneficial for alleviating unpleasant symptoms of the disorder.

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