ADHD

 

What is ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is a chronic disorder characterized by functional impairments in concentration, attention or impulsivity and hyperactivity. Some studies suggest that as many as 1 in 10 children may have this disorder. Adults may also be diagnosed with ADHD. General thought is that 60 to 80 percent of those affected with ADHD are boys; however, there is evidence that girls may also have a non-attentive form of ADHD as well. Almost 25 percent of children diagnosed with ADHD have difficulties reading and writing. This disorder can affect all areas of life — home, school and extracurricular activities.

How is ADHD Treated?

Currently, ADHD is treated with stimulant medications, such as Ritalin®, Concerta®, Adderall ®and other medications. While these medications are effective for treating this disorder, their side effects (decreased appetite, insomnia, impaired growth and irritability) can be an unwanted addition.

What is the Difference Between Someone With/Without ADHD?

Children with ADHD often times have lower levels of Omega 3 fatty acids and critical vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin B6 and Magnesium. These nutrients, added back in to the diet, hold the key to improving the symptoms of ADHD naturally. Nutritional supplementation may allow for reduction (or even elimination) of medications. Less medication means fewer side effects.

How We Can Help

As previously stated, many children with ADHD have lower levels of Omega 3 fatty acids and critical vitamins and minerals. Below is a description of how our products at One Wellness Place can reduce (or even eliminate) the symptoms associated with ADHD — naturally.

  • Barleans Kid’s Omega Burst: These Fruit chews contain a quality source of Omega 3 fatty acids, which have been shown to improve symptoms such as inattention, hyperactivity, oppositional/defiant behavior and conduct disorder. EPA and DHA (Fish oils) provide the most benefit. One Wellness Place also has tropical punch liquid form as well.
  • Magnesium: Only 30 percent of Americans get 50 percent of the recommended daily allowance of Magnesium. Diuretics, alcohol and birth control pills can also cause poor absorption. Foods high in Magnesium include nuts, legumes, cereal grains and dark green vegetables. One Wellness Place may help improve behavior and school performance associated with ADHD through our Magnesium vitamin supplements.
  • Vitamin B6: This water soluble vitamin is best, found in brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, organ meats (liver), peanuts, legumes, potatoes and bananas. Medications, such as diuretics, theophylline, isoniazide, and estrogen (often found in birth control and hormone replacement therapy) can result in the depletion of Vitamin B6. One Wellness Place has Vitamin B6 supplements that can improve the symptoms of ADHD.
  • Customized supplements: The pharmacist at One Wellness Place can compound a Vitamin B6 / Magnesium supplement specifically for your child’s age and weight to help normalize the nutrients and improve symptoms of ADHD.