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The simplest way to help your child who struggles with symptoms of Attention-Deficit Disorders, is to:

If a doctor or schoolteacher diagnosed my child with having ADHD or ADD, the first thing I would do is call a functional medicine practitioner.

When you know exactly what’s going on inside your child’s body, you can use nutrition as a therapeutic tool and help improve the ADHD/ADD symptoms big time – without the use of harmful medications.

Be proud of yourself for taking this step and researching ways to help your child naturally. One day your child will thank you for helping him in a way that no drug ever could.

When it comes time to finding some vitamin and mineral supplements that make sense for your child, here are a few you can purchase from NaturalHealthyConcepts.com with free shipping.

Essential Fatty Acids

Essential Fatty Acids including EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid), DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid), and GLA (Gamma-Linolenic Acid) are all vital for learning and focus, positive mood, memory and overall brain function. When it comes to fish oil and omega 3′s, I trust Nordic Naturals brand. Their oils have been tested by leading organizations and experts and they pass every one of the 11 standards. You can feel good knowing that Nordic Naturals’ oils do not contain PCBs, harmful heavy metals or dioxins.

  • Omega 3-6-9-D Junior (for kids 5 and older) provides four beneficial essential fatty acids including Oleic Acid (OA), EPA, DHA, GLA and vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). (Vitamin D2 supplements from ergocalciferol are said to act differently in the body and may not be absorbed as well). The soft gels are easy to take and have a great lemon taste.
  • Children’s DHA (for kids 3 and older) provide EPA, DHA and OA. It also naturally contains vitamins D3, A and E. These are also chewable and taste strawberrily delicious.

Flax Seeds & Coconut Oil

I’m not sure if flax seeds and coconut oil can even be considered a “supplement”, however they are both functional foods that should be incorporated often into our diets. Flax seeds contain beneficial ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), LA (linoleic acid), OA (oleic acid) and SDG (antioxidant lignans). Flax seeds naturally contain protein and a high amount of fiber, as well as important minerals like calcium, iron and magnesium.

Coconut oil is super nutritious and has many health and healing benefits. It also keeps its nutrients when you cook with it. In my opinion, nobody should ever cook with vegetable or seed oils (Canola, vegetable, sunflower etc.). Our fatty acid ratio is very unbalanced because of our typical Standard American Diet (SAD). These oils only contribute to our obesity epidemic, as well as other health issues and diseases. Coconut oil, on the other hand, contains antioxidant properties that protect against environmental and free radical damage (unstable molecules in our body that lead to disease). Both flax seeds and coconut oil are very helpful with aiding digestion. If you don’t know already, your gut health is critical to your overall health. Many diseases and health issues stem from an unhealthy gut.

There are many coconut oils and flax seeds to check out at Natural Healthy Concepts. Garden of Life brand is 100% organic and free of GMOs.

  • Extra Virgin Coconut Oil by Garden of Life is the one that I like to use at home. You can use coconut oil in a smoothie, for cooking, and as lotion or conditioner for your hair. If you have a little left on the spoon – don’t wash it off, rub it on your skin to take advantage of its nutrients!
  • Raw Organic Golden Flax Seeds by Garden of Life go through a unique five-step cleaning process that gently filters all impurities, leaving behind only the purest, freshest and nutrient rich seeds. They go well in smoothies – which kids love!

Vitamins & Minerals

Often times nutrient deficiencies can cause ADHD-like symptoms. Common nutrient deficiencies in kids with these symptoms include zinc, magnesium, B vitamins, and vitamin D and C. This is when it’s important to see a functional medicine practitioner to help guide you. Supplementing with a multivitamin and magnesium may help these symptoms. The fish oil and flax seed that I mentioned previously contain natural E, A and D3 vitamins. But here are a few that my kids love.

  • Nordic Berries by Nordic Naturals are chewy and very tasty! My husband even loves them. These include all of the essential B vitamins among others. Depending on the amount your child is deficient, he or she may need more of a certain mineral than others. Getting tested with your healthcare practitioner should help you determine this.
  • Rainforest Animalz Calcium, Magnesium & D3 by Bluebonnet Nutrition are chewable and taste like cake! They are free from allergens and made with whole food fruits and vegetables (a big plus!). Bluebonnet also just announced that they are Non-GMO verified. Yes!

Probiotics

Many parents have found that adding probiotics into their children’s diet has improved their behavior. Probiotics will assist with proper absorption of nutrients from food, healthy digestion and a balanced gut flora. These functions also work together to improve the immune response. There are many children’s probiotics to choose from, and you may want to look into some of the best sellers at Natural Healthy Concepts. Just be sure to read the descriptions for the specific supplements to find out more and help you decide which one to try. I’ve tried a few with my kids that I like including:

  • Dino-Dophilus Probiotics – 2 Billion from Kal is a blend of L-acidophilus, B-bifidum and L-bulgaricus which are good bacteria that may aid the absorption of vitamins and minerals needed to keep your child healthy. These are chewable and have a cherry flavor that kids like. You do need to refrigerate them.
  • FloraBoost by Ortho Molecular (a very well respected manufacturer) is in a powder form. It’s a blend of 5 billion CFU. This one also does not have to be refrigerated and is very easy to add to your child’s drink. I used this one for my boys when they were just infants. My youngest, Milo, had eczema and this seemed to help it a lot.
  • iFlora Kids Multi-Probiotic by Sedona Labs is another one you do not need to refrigerate. It comes in a powder form and easy to sprinkle over the top of room temperature food or in a drink. It also features prebiotics in addition to 7 strains of healthy probiotics at 8 billion CFU. It’s also great for kids of all ages!

*Click here to learn 10 more reasons to take probiotics.

ADHD Specific Supplements

There are some supplements that are made with the ADHD child in mind. These usually contain a mix of essential vitamins and minerals along with other ingredients that have been shown to help with symptoms such as grape seed extract. Sometimes they include essential fatty acids among other things. Here’s a look at a few popular selling ADHD supplements from Natural Healthy Concepts:

  • BioFocus Bars are designed for a between meal snack or meal replacement. It aids in balancing blood sugar levels, improving nutrient density, and supporting neurological and cognitive function. They are made with organic ingredients and chocolate peanut butter crunch flavored.
  • Learner’s Edge by Integrative Therapeautics is made to support neurological development and function in children. It contains DMAE (a substance that has been shown to help enhance mental concentration and cognitive function), Acetyl L-carnitine to buffer oxidative stress, L-theanine to support neurotransmitter activity and Carnosine to support healthy frontal lobe activity.
  • Dynamic Kids Drink is a fruit punch flavored source for natural vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential fatty acids Omega 6 and 9 found in the Acai Berry. This drink was actually created by a mom who wanted her children to get the proper amounts of nutrients. Maintaining a healthy diet including fruits and vegetables can be challenging when it comes to our children! Below is a review from a mother, and customer of Natural Healthy Concepts, who felt it made a huge difference with  her child.

 

 Huge difference!
Pros: My kid likes the taste
Cons: Have to keep stirring intermittently or it settles
Recommended: Yes
“I have nothing but fabulous things to say about this drink. My 4 yr old son was having some behavioral problems and ever since we started Dynamic Greens for Kids daily with breakfast, his tantrums are very few and far between. He also has much better focus, listens to direction, and overall seems much happier. I highly recommend!”
  • Attentive Child Chewable by Source Naturals is designed to help your child focus. This is another supplement that contains DMAE.  It also has magnesium, L-Aspartate (an amino acid that acts as a neurotransmitter), Grape seed extract which has powerful antioxidant activity, and phosphatidylserine – a vital component of cell membranes in the brain. One Natural Healthy Concepts customer loves this supplement for her 13 year old. She said they’ve been using it for months and it works great for his ADHD symptoms.

Suggested Book: 12 Effective Ways to Help Your ADD/ADHD Child

12_effective_ways_to_help_your_ADD_HDD_childThis isn’t a supplement, but in the book, 12 Effective Ways to Help Your ADD/ADHD Chid, you’ll find 12 recommendations to help your child naturally using nutrition and other safe methods.

Author Laura Stevens has 25 years of research and experience, and her 12 effective ways to help your child are completely drug-free and backed by many clinical studies. For more than 20 years, Stevens has been researching the role of nutrition and food sensitivities in regards to ADD/ADHD.

She is respected as a pioneer in this important field of study. She also includes more than 40 easy, nutritious and delicious recipes that kids love!

These days, schools are getting $400 in grant money for each kid they “diagnose” with ADHD. In the United States, six to seven million kids are forced to take a prescription drug before they can go to school each morning.

study published in the Journal of Health Economics says there are roughly 1 million US children that may be misdiagnosed with ADHD. There is no scientific evidence to prove your kid has a mental disorder. They label kids with ADHD simply based off of opinion and a list of common “misbehaviors”. Just remember, kids are going to act like kids. They are all different and unique in their own ways.

Some of the drugs being prescribed are causing all sorts of lawsuits because of the dramatic increase in boys developing full breasts that have to get removed. Don’t let the marketing push from pharmaceutical companies stand in your way of caring for your child the way you think you should. In my opinion – drugs just makes things worse.

  • Click here to read more on over-medicating our children – abuse by the pharmaceutical industry.

Take a minute to watch this video – It gave me goose bumps. It’s so true!

What are your experiences with ADHD/ADD symptoms and treatments? Share your knowledge! Questions? Let’s hear them. Make a comment below.

About Ashley Steinbrinck

I spent some time as an account manager and graphic design specialist for a dental supply company in Green Bay. I also worked as the Director of Sales for a Marriott hotel. Now a mama to my 2 young boys, I'm enjoying my time in the natural health field as a Marketing Specialist and graphic designer for Natural Healthy Concepts! Ashley Steinbrinck

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24 Responses to Natural Supplements That May Help With ADHD/ADD

  1. Mike Hayworth October 18, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    I take several issues with this post. First, only a board certified medical professional can diagnose an individual with an illness, a disorder, a deficiency, or a medical condition. NOT a teacher or other school official, unless of course they are a board certified medical professional on the side.

    Secondly, the fact that you insinuate that ADHD/ADD can be treated soley by nutitional intervention is preposterous. Independant empirical research has shown that nutritional interventions have been beneficial in treatment WHEN COMBINED WITH medical intervention/treatment and counseling. Ie. iron supplementation, EPA’s have been shown to improve with cognitive skills in ADHD/ADHD adolescents, but they have not been shown to mitigate all symptoms related with the disorder.

    Now, do I feel that there is an overdiagnosis of this disorder, definitely. However, for those individuals who truly have ADHD/ADD, insinuating that their symptoms can be cured by taking a few supplements is simply bad advice. Please practie due diligence and read real scientific articles rather than listening to Dr. Oz, Oprah, and other pseudoscience avenues when presenting this type of information.

    • Ashley Steinbrinck October 19, 2013 at 9:46 am #

      Thanks for your comment, Mike. I love feedback! In Gary Null’s documentary, The Drugging of Our Children, you’ll find that educators play a huge role in influencing the use of medications in schools. Sometimes it seems like schools are just another part of the system.

      I did not suggest that ADHD/ADD can be treated by nutrition alone. However, the symptoms can definitely be controlled big time when you eliminate food allergies/sensitivities, toxicity in the body, get nutrient levels where they need to be, etc. Having an accumulation of mercury in the body for instance can really mess with the brain and cognitive function. An unhealthy gut can also interfere with the brain big time. For many children, these simple changes in their lifestyles would help to improve these ADHD like symptoms. Especially for those that are misdiagnosed.

      I never suggested that individuals that take ADHD supplements can be cured. That is adding words to my sentences. Also, we get information from credible sources like Green Med Info, Dr. Joseph Mercola and online journal articles. Dr. Oz and Oprah are paid out by the “system” and in my opinion you can’t really believe what they say. In fact, on the topic of vaccines – Dr. Oz will suggest them, but doesn’t vaccinate his own kids because he truly doesn’t believe in them.

      Maybe next time you should take a minute to actually READ the article for what it’s worth, so you know where the information is coming from and so you don’t accidentally put words in my mouth. Follow some of the links and research for yourself. Dr. Hyman is one of my favorite functional medicine practitioners. He’s an excellent source for information on these types of issues. He used to be a conventional Dr. working in the emergency room and has cured children of autism and ADHD simply by the ways I have discussed. Read up! And thanks again for stirring the pot – I love that!

  2. Brenda October 19, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    Honestly, I believe the labelled tems ADHD/ADD is not an illness that needs treatment but part of our evolution. With the amount of information our senses are expected to process why would we not evolve to be able to process it. Secondly, before it became a mainstream issue, children’s bedtimes were giving them a 10 hr night sleep. They were fed foods with minimal additives and processing.
    I can control my behavior and my child’s without meds, high protein diet, vitamin supplements for me extra vitamin B, and sleep. Sugar, dyes, caffeine and overprocessed wheat are kept to a minimal, while physical activity are a must.
    Don’t doubt that what you find to be illness can only be treatment with medication.

  3. Danica October 22, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    Thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts on this matter. It is really useful to obtain natural supplements since it can strengthen your system and prevent certain diseases as well.

  4. Molly January 9, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    Thank you so much for your post!! I ran across your blog and LOVE it! As a teacher, parent of an ADHD child, and a person that struggles with ADHD myself, I respectfully disagree with some of the comments on your article. I feel that ADHD can be “treated solely by nutritional intervention,” as shown in the Gut & Psychology Syndrome.
    Also, there are several teachers that are better qualified to diagnose this than some of the MDs that I have gone to for my children or myself. In my first experience with a doctor (a specialist, even), I had a prescription in my hand before she spoke to my child, my ex, or any teachers. There are good doctors and good specialists, but there are also amazing teachers. Granted, there are some that are less than fabulous also. But a good doctor won’t diagnose & medicate the child without first contacting the teachers involved.
    Ashley, I really appreciate the recommendations you have here and the fact that you’ve got the research done on brands & such! It saves a lot of time for me! :)

    • Ashley Steinbrinck January 9, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

      Thanks for your comment, Molly! It makes me so happy to see you’re taking a “nutritional intervention” approach to ADHD. That’s the main point we’re trying to enlighten people about who aren’t aware of that! Can’t believe you had a prescription before she even spoke to your child! That’s EXACTLY what I’m trying to tell people. I do know there are amazing teachers – my sister and mother-in law are two that I know of! I’m glad you found this article to be helpful in some ways for you ; )

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  6. Heather February 25, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

    I would love if you could call me!!! I have a couple of questions. I am new to the world of natural medicines when it comes to ADHD. I have a son who has been diagnosed and I am officially over the meds. I need guidance and direction. Please call me 956-457-8733 would really love to speak to you.

    • Fannie March 22, 2014 at 2:53 am #

      Here’s an amazing healing testimonial on ADHD and Aspergers
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzVNAYPblvE

      Taking a supplement such as Laminine will raise your serotonin levels and lower your cortisol (the fight or flight hormone) which could help immensely.

      There’s also Laminine Omega which has Omega fatty Acids 3 (EPA and DHA),
      6, and 9 + CoQ10(Extended Release), Vitamin K2 and Fertilized Avian Egg Extract. It is patented and is made in USA; head office is in Lake Forest,California.
      It can be ordered online http://www.mylifepharm.com/Lamininecures and delivery varies from 3 to 7 days. You click Join if you want to be a member and get the member’s price Or click RETAIL ORDER if you don’t want to be a member.

      The fish oil is sourced from Engraulis Ringens, a member of the anchovy family, found in the Humboldt Current off the coast of South America near Peru, where the waters are clean and clear. Phytoplankton that the Engraulis Ringens species consumes in this region is rich in DHA and EPA, giving the fish the highest
      naturally occurring ratios of DHA and EPA of any other fish species. The fish oil also undergoes molecular distillation, and is tested before and after the process to remove gunk and toxins and ensure the safety of the oil.

      CoQ10 ER is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight oxidative stress in the blood vessels, leaving them clear for proper blood flow.

      Vitamin K2 helps to direct calcium to the bones and teeth, where it belongs, keeping the calcium from attaching itself to the arteries.

      Fertilized Avian Egg Extract stimulates stem cells, allowing each of the other ingredients in Laminine OMEGA+++ to perform their function effectively.

  7. Karen March 25, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

    Have you heard anything about taking Min-Tran for adhd treatment? We just visited a chiropractor this morning with my son, 9, and he suggested we start with this. Any experience good or bad?

  8. Robin Connors September 29, 2014 at 1:48 am #

    Great information!
    This is really helpful to me, I would like share that a Chiropractor in Panama City Florida is helping me a lot. I reached there with reference to one of my friends. I am really thankful to him and my Doctor.

  9. Toni Timura October 20, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

    Hello, I am new to this site and there is so much information on here and so many different supplements to try. How do you know where to start? Which supplements to try first? Which ones make the most impact initially?
    My 8 year old son who is in 3rd grade is showing many of symptoms listed on here; can’t focus for very long, bored in class, not paying attention, homework takes forever! His teachers have all said he is having a tuff time focusing and when he gets in small groups he does much better. I have an appt scheduled with his pediatrician next week but I thought I would do some research on my own. I would like to exhaust every option before meds but at the same time I just want to give my son advantage out there. Can one advise me where to begin???
    Thank You!!

    • Ashley Steinbrinck October 20, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

      Hi Toni, I think you’re doing a great thing by researching on your own before you just go take a pediatrician’s advice! Here is a pretty recent article that I think would be good for you to read. http://www.cchrint.org/2014/10/17/adhd-is-not-a-real-disease/ In it, you’ll find that Dr. Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Phd., recently stated that attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is not a “real” disease, and that too many children are being given potentially dangerous drugs in the name of treating it.

      I’ve also written another article that discusses the same idea that might be hard to chew – but since you have an open mind, I suggest you give it a read. http://blog.naturalhealthyconcepts.com/2014/05/15/3-reasons-adhd-likely-fake-disorder/

      It is so important for you to know that certain toxins within the body, food allergies, nutrient deficiencies can all cause these types of symptoms that your 8 year old son is having. He could even be reacting to flame retardants in furniture or other environmental toxins that are affecting him. And yes, medication may help him. But I would research all other avenues first.

      Have you heard about PANDA/PANS? If not, read this article too – http://blog.naturalhealthyconcepts.com/2014/10/08/pandas-unbearable-strep-infections/

      There can be so many reasons your son is having difficulty. Most likely, your pediatrician will offer you an ADHD drug. Many pediatricians in mainstream medicine are not well-versed in nutrient deficiencies; and that if you don’t have enough magnesium, vitamin D or B Complex vitamins, it could cause these symptoms. They may not be aware of PANDAS/Pans either.

      If I were you, the first thing I would do is cancel my appointment with the pediatrician, at least for right now, and find a functional medicine practitioner where you live. https://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117.

      This doctor will help guide you through some possible root causes of your son’s symptoms. The doctor would probably test for heavy metal toxicity, food allergies, nutrient deficiencies, etc. This may be the best way alleviate symptoms rather than mask them with potentially harmful drugs. If you are unable to find a functional medicine practitioner, keep your appointment with the pediatrician but come prepared with questions and the research you’ve been doing. Each of us is responsible to take our health into our own hands and I think many practitioners realize their patients should ask questions.

      I wish you well in your journey with helping your son, Toni. You’re a good mom!

      • Toni Timura October 22, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

        Thank you so much for all of your suggestions Ashley, I feel like I am gaining so much knowledge and a game plan. I’m sure I will be back with other questions as I navigate this journey.
        Thank You!

        • Ashley Steinbrinck October 23, 2014 at 8:28 am #

          You are very welcome, Toni! It makes me so happy to hear you are on a good track and please give us an update as you move through your journey! ; ) Wish you and your son well…

    • Ashley Steinbrinck October 20, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

      Another great article for you to read through your research, Toni! http://www.nourishedhealth.com/adhd-and-food/

      • Toni Timura October 20, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

        Thank you so much..I feel like I am getting more educated by the minute!

  10. Cathie Winnie November 2, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

    My son is a Jr in highschool. He was diagnosed with ADH. He has been on Concerta the entire time and it was life changing. He is now refusing to take it because it left him feeling “wrapped like a mummy.” He’s done well without the meds except he has these angry outbursts which are getting harder and harder to put up with. He has an awful diet. Only eats pizza and junk food. Won’t try anything else. Any recommendations with supplements, etc to try and stop the outbursts?

  11. Tammi Bunting November 11, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    Thank you for the information presented in this blog post. My daughter was just diagnosed with ADHD and I don’t want her to become a drugged zombie. With that being said, I have agreed to start her on medication until I find the right natural remedy for her. I see that some people disagree with your article, but I just want to say that I know someone who does alleviate the symptoms with natural remedies alone and DOES NOT use drugs. I will definitely have to get the book you recommended as well.

    • Ashley Steinbrinck November 13, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

      You’re doing a great job by researching it for yourself and looking for alternatives to drugs – FIRST. ; ) Thanks, Tammi!

  12. Brooks November 12, 2014 at 10:14 am #

    I am new to your website and I am just needing some help. My son is 7, almost 8, and we are just having some issues. Where he seems to have trouble is mostly focus. He makes good grades, is a good reader & has a very sharp memory. The best way to describe him would be when the teacher is giving instruction he is physically there but his mind is elsewhere. He also likes to talk a lot. The teacher had to move his desk where he was by himself just so he wouldn’t talk. He can also be impulsive but that’s with talking out when he is not suppose to or not thinking before he says or does something. His diet isn’t bad. His diet may be part of the issue but not completely. He doesn’t eat a lot of junk food or anything like that. He is not a big sweet eater or a lot of junk food. He is just picky and probably doesn’t eat enough food. He likes most fruits but not veggies, except salad & asparagus. We keep him active. He is on a swim team and practices 3 days a week and also loves being outside riding his bike or playing. Lack of discipline is not the issue either. We have rules and we stay on top of those. I’m just looking for some help in helping him focus. Any advice??

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