Is Your Smart Child Struggling in School?
by Brain Child Nutritionals
(Brain Child Nutritionals) Raising a child with ADHD can be a dizzying process: trying to balance school, tutoring, family activities, and find ways to help your child stay calm and focused at the same time! ADD/ADHD attention difficulties are most often treated using medication, school programs or tutoring. But despite all these efforts, many parents see little improvement in the learning disabilities at the heart of the problem. You may be surprised to learn how much good nutritional support can help. Studies show that targeted nutrition for ADHD can result in significant symptom improvement.
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ADHD involves neurotransmitter imbalances. Often, children with ADHD also have deficiencies or imbalances in critical nutrients that are used to make these neurotransmitters in the body. If we test children with ADHD, we often see that they are not very efficient at digesting and utilizing their food, and may even have parasites, candida or other signs of more serious gut imbalances.
Supporting the nutritional needs of a child with ADHD can really help educational and behavior interventions “stick”. Solid nutritional support for ADHD includes support for the brain, gut and metabolism. We want to help you find great nutritional tools to help balance your child’s body. On this page, you will learn all about nutritional support for ADHD.
More Information about Vitamins and ADHD
All of the B vitamins work together synergistically to support critical functions in the brain. All of the B-complex vitamins are co-factors to each other – that is, they help each other to be absorbed and utilized properly by the body. In studies, B-complex vitamins have been shown to reduce hyperactivity symptoms and increase serotonin in children with ADHD, resulting in calmer, happier children! (2)
B6 is necessary for the production and utilization of neurotransmitters which help regulate mood and brain function. Symptoms of vitamin B6 deficiency include irritability, short attention spans and short term memory loss. Vitamin B6 also helps with carbohydrate metabolism, which can help reduce carb cravings and crashes. Shown in studies to improve hyperactivity symptoms. (1), (2)
Vitamin B3 may help reduce the severity of behavioral problems, loss of cognitive function and hyperactivity that commonly accompany ADHD. This vitamin also calms your nervous system, so it may curb restlessness and irritability. Vitamin B3 helps with delivery of magnesium, vitamin C, zinc and calcium to the brain.
Vitamin B12 is needed in the body for making and regulating neurotransmitters. Involved in the production and maintenance of the myelin sheath (the protective coating on nerve cells, the “wiring” of the brain), essential fatty acid metabolism and energy production. Vitamin B12 deficiency produces some ADHD-like symptoms such as confusion and memory loss.
Vitamins B1 and B2
Vitamin B1 and B2 help deliver glucose to the nervous system and brain. Glucose is the brain’s “fuel”, and these vitamins help make sure it has a steady supply.
Studies have shown vitamin C to improve cognition and alertness. Vitamin C is heavily concentrated in the brain and crucial to brain function. The earliest sign of vitamin C deficiency is confusion and depression.
Antioxidants, such as Vitamin A, C and E and Bioflavonoids, protect the cells from damage caused by oxidative stress. Oxidative stress can damage fats, and it’s main target is the brain. People under a lot of stress, like our kids with ADHD, have particularly high needs for antioxidants, to help support their body in dealing with the effects of stress.