ADHD Beneficial Supplements

by Team FLEX

If you’re not eating a whole foods diet full of all the right stuff, you may have a vitamin deficiency. There’s no easier way to take care of your health than to toss in a few supplements!

Did you know there are vitamins, minerals, and herbs — that can assist in the relief of ADHD symptoms? Symptoms like inattention, memory, mood, and cognitive function can be improved by getting a simple blood panel with your doctor to see what you’re deficient in. You should always consult your doctor before adding a new supplement to your routine. 

Important Note: Because there are so many supplement companies out there making crappy products it’s important you buy from brands you trust. Do your own research on those I suggest to be sure. 

Multivitamins – Whole Health

The very first thing I’m going to recommend is a daily multivitamin. This will cover many of your bases, but be sure to look at the levels of each daily multivitamin to be sure you don’t need to take something additional. I like to take mine in liquid form so I can be sure it’s absorbed. 

Morning Liquid Vitamins by MaryRuth’s (Raspberry) Vegan Multivitamin A B C D3 E Trace Minerals & Amino Acids for Energy, Hair, Skin & Nails for Men & Women – 0 Sugar – 32oz

Omega 3s – Improves attention, visual learning, short-term memory, hyperactivity, impulsivity

The most researched supplement for ADHD are omega-3s. You’ve got to get fatty fish in your diet to avoid needing to take these. Most of us don’t, so check out Nordic Naturals, an extremely reputable brand. 

Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega-D3, Lemon Flavor – 1280 mg Omega-3 + 1000 IU Vitamin D3-120 Soft Gels – Omega-3 Fish Oil – EPA & DHA – Promotes Brain, Heart, Joint, Immune Health – 60 Servings

Magnesium – Sleep & Relaxation

This one helps in a number of areas you probably aren’t aware of. Magnesium is one of the most essential minerals your body may be missing. Not only does it help the functioning of the neurotransmitters involved in attention, it’s also an essential one for quality sleep. There are a few ways to take this one and my favorite is to absorb it through my skin, either with a 20 minute epsom salt bath (more on that here), a spray, or a pill. 

Pure Encapsulations – Magnesium (Glycinate) – Supports Enzymatic and Physiological Functions – 180 Capsules 

Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil Spray Bottle of Pure Genuine Zechstein Magnesium Chloride – Topical Magnesium Supplement for Skin Application and Dermal Absorption (8 Fl Oz)

Amazon Brand – Solimo Epsom Salt Soak, Magnesium Sulfate USP, 8 Pound

Iron – Growth and Development

This is an important one! Iron is necessary for the production of the brain chemical dopamine. Research suggests ADHDers are more likely to have low levels of dopamine in the brain. The human body uses iron to make hormones and hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to all parts of the body, additionally it makes myoglobin, a protein that provides oxygen to muscles.  For this one, be sure to first get your iron levels checked by your doctor because too much iron is not a good thing. So I’m going to recommend my hack for getting more iron into your meals. Cacao powder can be put into anything!! 

Navitas Organics Cacao Powder, 24 oz. Bag, 45 Servings — Organic, Non-GMO, Fair Trade, Gluten-Free

More specifically I like to put this in plain oatmeal or oat bran with a few drops of maple syrup. 

Floradix Liquid Iron and Vitamin Formula 250ml

L-Tyrosine – Mental Performance, Memory, Alertness

I bet you haven’t heard about this one because the research is fairly new. Tyrosine is an amino acid, the building blocks of protein. For me, it helps with cognitive functioning and supports my brain during stressful periods. Learn more about it here

NOW Supplements, L-Tyrosine 500 mg, Supports Mental Alertness*, Neurotransmitter Support*, 120 Capsules

L-Glutamine – Supports Cognitive Functioning and Stomach Health

This one’s not specifically for ADHD but I found a few studies that conclude its potential benefit. I started adding tiny amounts of this to my lunch shake to help heal my leaky gut, but beware – don’t take any vitamins or supplements at the same time as your prescription medicine.  Another amino acid this supplement helps not only with gut health it helps to support cognitive functioning. 

Pure Encapsulations L-Glutamine Powder | Supplement for Immune and Digestive Support, Gut Health and Lining Repair, Metabolism Boost, and Muscle Support* | 8 Ounces

NAC – Brain Health

Here’s another one I started taking for a leaky gut but have found evidence that it supports a healthy ADHD brain. NAC or N-Acetyl Cysteine is a semi-essential amino acid. NAC helps replenish glutathione which is the most powerful antioxidant in your body. In addition this amino acid also helps with respiratory conditions, fertility and brain health.

NOW Foods Supplements, NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine)600 mg with Selenium & Molybdenum, 250 Veg Capsules

Zinc – Improves brain’s access to dopamine

This one’s interesting because it may help in the methylphenidate process. That’s an essential part of improving the brain’s response to neurotransmitter dopamine. 

NOW Foods Zinc Gluconate, 250-Count

These next ones should be included in your multivitamin so be sure to check that before adding more. 

Vitamin C – Growth and repair

Here’s something important to know – you should not take your vitamins at the same time as your medication. Certain vitamins like C have an adverse effect on the absorption of medications. In addition to being used by the body for growth and cellular repair, vitamin C is used by your brain to make dopamine and norepinephrine. Make sure to get your vitamin C daily!

Emergen-C 1000mg Vitamin C Powder, with Antioxidants, B Vitamins and Electrolytes, Vitamin C Supplements for Immune Support, Caffeine Free Fizzy Drink Mix, Super Orange Flavor – 60 Count

NOW Supplements, Sodium Ascorbate Powder, Buffered, Antioxidant Protection*, 8-Ounce

Vitamin D – So many things!

We don’t get enough of this one in general. You can take it via a pill or liquid drop. I prefer a liquid for absorption. Studies indicate, this vitamin plays an important role in the development of a healthy brain for kids and healthy functioning of adult brains. In general you should be sure to get enough of this one because it helps the regulation of calcium and phosphate in the body, leading to healthy bones, teeth and muscles. 

NOW Foods Supplements, Vitamin D-3 5,000 IU, High Potency, Structural Support, 240 Softgels

Vegan Vitamin D3+K2 (MK-7) Liquid Spray by MaryRuth’s Organic Ingredients, Plant Based, Non-GMO Vegan Gluten Free Ketogenic & Bariatric Friendly. for Men, Women & Kids 1oz Glass Bottle

Vitamin B – Increased Alertness

Studies seem to indicate that along with magnesium, vitamin B can be very beneficial to ADHD kids. Deficiencies in this one can cause irritability and fatigue. I get a vitamin B shot, personally, but if I needed to buy a pill these are the brands I’d recommend. 

Pure Encapsulations – B-Complex Plus – Balanced B Vitamin Formula with Metafolin L-5-MTHF and Vitamin B12 – 120 Capsules

NOW Supplements, Vitamin B-1 100 mg, Energy Production*, Nervous System Health*, 100 Tablets

 

Ginseng – Benefits memory and mental acuity

Studies have shown that, along with omega 3 fish oil, ginseng is greatly beneficial to ADHD brains.

Panax Ginseng (Korean Red Variety) (4 Month Supply) 240 Vegan Capsules – 1,000mg per Serving for Mood, Cognitive Function, Energy and Stress by Double Wood Supplements

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