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Vitamin B for ADHD - Does It Really Help?

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.

It 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.

One 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.

This 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.

Bottom Line?

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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