Some children with ADHD have lowered levels of magnesium. Those given magnesium supplementation had a significant decrease in hyperactive behaviour.
Dose: 100-200 mg a day
Vitamin B complex
B vitamins have been shown to be deficient in most children with ADHD. B vitamins function as cofactors in energy producing reactions, detoxification reactions and also in the formation of some neurotransmitters.
Dose: 50 mg of B complex twice a day
Vitamin B6 or pyridoxine, is involved in the body’s conversion of amino acids to serotonin, one of the main neurotransmitters involved in mood. It may alleviate hyperactivity; for some children it works better than methylphenidate (Ritalin).
Dose: 50-200 mg a day
Omega 3 Fish Oils
A deficiency of several essential fatty acids has been observed in some children with ADHD. Dose 1-2 grams a day for children, 2-6 grams a day for adults
Phosphatidylserine is the subject of many studies around the world, showing that it improves attention, concentration, short term memory and imparts a protective effect against stress chemicals.
Dose: 100 -300 mg day
DMAE can help alleviate the behavioural problems and hyperactivity associated with ADHD.
Dose: 100-300 mg a day
Proanthocyanidins are powerful antioxidants found in plants. Thier use may improve attention in ADHD.
Dose: 100 – 300 mg a day
Lactobacillis acidophilus, Lactobacillus GG, Bifidobacterium bifidus and Saccharomyces boulardii are examples of good bacteria that can be used therapeutically, especially in children where there has been a history of antibiotic use.
Dose: One to two billion colony forming units (CFUs) per day of acidophilus is considered to be the minimum amount for the healthy maintenance of intestinal microflora.