Natural Remedies for ADHD

What are the best natural remedies for ADHD in children that work?

Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) is the inappropriate and impulsive behavior that some children and adults show.

It also results in poor concentration and focus and the inability to "sit still" in classroom and other settings.

There is no physical or blood test for ADHD and even the symptoms are not clearly defined.

Sometimes, children are labelled as having ADHD when they show constant rebellious actions or lack the social skills needed to play or work together in group settings.

Below are the natural remedies for ADHD that have some scientific evidence to show that they work.

Natural Remedies for ADHD in Children

Natural Remedy What experts say about these proven natural remedies for ADHD

Fish Oil

Krill Oil

Omega-3's Fatty Acids

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Omega 3 fatty acid for ADHD is one of the top natural treatment for this health condition.

One clinical study shows that children who have ADHD have lower levels of essential fatty acids such as omega-3's found in fish oil and evening primrose oil.

Another study that lasted 12 weeks showed that children given fatty acids had significant improvements in behavioral and cognitive function (spelling and reading skills).

See Taking Omega 3 for ADHD for more a more specific discussion on using this supplement.

Dose: Take 1 gram of fish oil daily. Also, using just the Omega-3's fatty acids is suitable. As well, 2 grams can be safely used if needed.


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Several small clinical trials have shown that bacopa reduces ADHD symptoms. One study lasted 12 weeks.

See the article Using Bacopa for ADHD Symptoms for the full review of its benefit.

Dose: Take between 225 mg to 600 mg daily of bacopa.


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One double-blinded clinical study that lasted 8 weeks showed a 54% improvement in ADHD symptoms. In comparison, the boys taking the placebo only had a 13% improvement.

Dose: Use 100 mg for each kilogram (2.2 lbs) of body weight daily. The maximum dose is 4 grams daily.


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It seems that children with ADHD may have lower levels of magnesium. In one study, children given 200 mg of magnesium once a day for 6 months showed reduced ADHD symptoms.

Supplemental magnesium for ADHD is a good second choice and it can be combined with omega 3.

See Magnesium for Management of ADHD for more information.

Dose: Give 200 mg daily for 6 months.

Vitamin B6

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Vitamin B6 is essential for the production of neurotransmitter such as serotonin in the brain. Lowered levels of serotonin is linked to hyperactivity in children.

Clinical studies show that children given vitamin B6 supplements are less hyperactive. It does not appear to be as useful in reduce ADHD symptoms.

See Vitamin B Supplements for ADHD for a discussion this discovery.

Caution: The dose used in clinical studies are high and this must be supervised by a health care professional.

Dose: Give 300 mg daily under the supervision of an experienced health care professional.

A lower dose of vitamin B6 gives better results when combined with magnesium.

See the article Using Magnesium for ADHD for this particular dosage combination.


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Some animal studies suggest that caffeine found in coffee can be helpful in treating ADD/ADHD symptoms.

One study found that low dose caffeine was as effective as Ritalin a commonly prescribed medication for treating ADHD in children and adults.

Other small clinic studies show that caffeine found in coffee and tea can improve focus in adults.

See the article Coffee for ADHD for the full details on the studies behind this claim.


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Since many types of tea contain caffeine, some studies have shown that tea may be helpful as well in managing ADD symptoms.

This is a good alternative to coffee for those who do not like to drink coffee.

The article Using Tea for Managing Attention Disorder discuss this particular use along with recommendations.


May Not Be Effective

And what do experts know about using zinc for reducing ADHD symptoms?

It doesn't seem to help.

Some experts theorize that zinc supplements may be more effective if the child was deficient in both zinc and omega-3 fatty acids.

See Effects of Zinc in Children and Adult ADHD and Omega 3 Supplements for ADHD Treatment for specific discussion on this using these supplements for ADD management.

Dose: Dosage of 10 mg daily was used in one research study.

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Revised: 05.12.2015