Good Nutrition Can Lessen ADHD Symptoms

By Carolyn Patterson on


I just recently read this information in “ADDitude” magazine online. They outline several ways to relieve symptoms of ADHD without medication.

I have seen these ideas discussed over the past several years, and some in particular ring true:
– fatty oils / fish oil
– iron, zinc & vitamin C and vitamin B6
– lots of protein in the diet to keep energy steady throughout the day
They note that for the fish oil, “The best supplements have two or┬áthree times more EPA than DHA.”
I know that the “gentle” forms of iron work much better — the other types are constipating. I buy my “gentle” iron at Whole Foods.
Vitamin B is very helpful in reducing anxiety. While a student may not exhibit outward signs, he may feel stressed at school when he gets reprimanded for not being on task, or when he realizes that he forgot something.
I really like most of the suggestions. However, the slideshow veers away from nutrition into lifestyle recommendations. I must caution that the “brain games” they recommend, such as CogMed (or Lumosity), do not have research to support long-term results. They are expensive and put a kid in front of a screen even longer.
I think a good antidote for our computer-addicted kids is some time outdoors.
Furthermore, I have not found compelling research on the effectiveness of NeuroFeedback. There is a lot of promising marketing, but it’s expensive — too expensive to experiment with at this time, in my opinion. I love the idea behind it — teaching yourself to control your inner systems — but I don’t know how it works with younger children.


  1. I have personal experience with ADHD as several people in my family have intensive personalities.
    I use Chia Seeds in fruit smoothies to help them focus.. Chia Seeds are an amazing superfood that contain numerous health and healing benefits. Chia seeds are a rich source of protein, vitamins E & B-complex and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, boron, zinc, strontium, and iron. They are higher in omega-3 fatty acids than any other food and are known to be particularly beneficial for chronic inflammation, heart disease, brain function, cancer and autoimmune diseases. Chia seeds are a great “brain food” and they are know to improve memory, sharpen focus and concentration skills and reduce brain fog and forgetfulness. Chia seeds provide a great source of energy and help you feel energized with sustaining energy all day long. Chia seeds are available at health food stores, Trader Joes and Sprouts.

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