Natural Supplements as an Alternative to Medication

Uncategorized Mar 17, 2019
 

Some parents are hesitant to try medication as a treatment for ADHD in their children, and yet others try medication and find that the side effects outweigh the benefits their child receives from the medication.   I was in the latter category.  We tried several medications and they all caused severe headaches, insomnia, and significant weight loss.       Are their natural alternatives that may help?   In addition to eating a clean, high protein diet, avoiding food additives and dyes and excessive, their is research around the following supplements that suggests they may benefit children with ADHD:

Magnesium

Omega 3’s

B Vitamins

Zinc

Iron

Ginko and Ginseng

Do your research, purchase high quality supplements and I would suggest trying one at a time for a couple of weeks to test effectiveness, so that you aren’t wasting money on something that doesn’t work.   Each child is different, and what works for one, may not work for another.    

Personally, I found that Magnesium and Omega 3’s made a difference for my children, but the other items on the list did not.   

What about CBD oil?   There is little research about CBD oil and ADHD.   There is research about anxiety, so many people assume that because many who have ADHD also have anxiety, that CBD oil will also improve ADHD symptoms, but there is not really any research to support this.    I am not saying that it doesn’t work, but I personally would start with something that has research to back it up.  

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