Vitamin B for ADHD - Does It
Does using vitamin B for ADHD help to reduce the symptoms?
ADHD is a health condition that
commonly occurs in children. It is marked by excessive talking,
trouble concentrating, learning disabilities, forgetfulness, poor
judgement and short attention span.
There are many theories as
to the cause of ADHD in children and adults. These include excessive sugar intake, genetic factors, lack of oxygen at birth, allergies, lead poisoning and deficiencies in diet, vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids.
Trying to find out which one (or more) of these is the cause can be quite a challenge.
Read on to see if taking vitamin B6 can help
reduce ADHD symptoms...
Research study on the health benefits of vitamin B for ADHD
It is a known
fact that vitamin B6
plays an important role in the making of neurotransmitters in the
brain. These neurotransmitters such as serotonin, adrenaline and
dopamine allow the brain cells to "talk" to each other.
is known that vitamin B6 also makes it easy for magnesium to enter
into cells. Indeed combining magnesium supplements with vitamin B6 is
shown to be more effective at reducing ADHD symptoms.
study out of Saint Joseph Hospital in Pennsylvania revealed that
hyperactive children had lowered levels of serotonin. Giving these
children vitamin B6 supplements boosted their serotonin levels and
reduced their hyperactivities symptoms.
In another study out of
The University of Michigan Health System, giving 15 to 30 mg of vitamin
B6 per 2.2 pound of the child's weight reduced ADHD symptoms better
than the prescription ADHD drug Ritalin.
There is some evidence that other B vitamins such as vitamin B1,
B3 and B12 also play a
role in reducing ADHD symptoms as well.
Dose to Use
The typical dose used some clinical studies for ADHD children is 300 mg
daily. This is quite a high dose (albeit not necessarily dangerously
high). And higher doses have been used.
level of vitamin B6 for your child could result in nerve damage. If you
are thinking of using just vitamin B6 for ADHD treatment, this
therapy needs to be supervised by an experienced health care professional.
In one study, researchers used a much lower of dose of vitamin B6 combined with magnesium. See Magnesium for ADHD for this particular dosing regimen. This dosage was shown to be effective as well and is what we would suggest.
Clinical studies show that vitamin B6 supplement helps to treat ADHD in some children.
Vitamin B6 was even more effective at reducing
hyperactivity symptoms. Combining vitamin B6
with magnesium gave better results and they both can be safely taken together. See Magnesium for ADHD to get this specific dose to try.
Other natural remedies for ADHD?
The article Natural Remedies for ADHD lists all the proven effective supplements and minerals that can help reduce ADHD symptoms in both children and adults.
It also includes recommended doses to use to ensure maximum benefit.
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