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Nutrition based therapies to treat ADHD

Has anyone had success with using nutritional consultation to treat their child with ADHD?  My husband and I are looking at seeing what is called a nutritional psychologist based on the assumption that the lack of certain neurotransmitters can be addressed with nutrition rather than medication.

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Haven’t had a nutritional consult, but son’s MD specialist rec’d high dose Omega-3’s (Carlson cod liver oils is good, Nordic Naturals, but they’re sort of high in Vit. A).  It helped, so we then also tried high dose Vit B., which made him very squirrely pretty quickly (so obviously he wasn’t deficient in that).  We then also went gluten and dairy free (and soy can be an issue), which helped some more.  But what helped the most of all these adjuncts is neurofeedback, being paid for my some insurances now.  We used Neurocore.  I highly recommend it; all his teachers noticed (even more so than the other things we still do)

Posted by Katherine85 on Jun 11, 2014 at 12:23am

A magnesium/calcium based kids vitamin like Kids Calm plus Antarctic Krill oil are the two best supplements on the market that I have found.  The magnesium will calm and the krill oil helps with focus if taken daily.  Magnesium will work within an hour but the krill oil takes around 13 weeks before you see the benefits of focus.

Posted by Taman1304 on Jun 11, 2014 at 10:03pm

Read Grain Brain and Wheat Belly and avoid a nutritionist and all costs!

Posted by ADD@60 on Jun 11, 2014 at 11:45pm

Thank you all -love the info and best in your nutrition adventures too!

Posted by Reiko123 on Jun 12, 2014 at 4:29am

I’m curious to learn more about neurofeedback… My (almost) 10-year-old son just received a diagnosis of Inattentive ADHD.  I had never heard of it before a friend came to me recently for food advice as she is looking to switch her 9th grader to a new diet.  She shared that her son was diagnosed this year and has been on meds but she wanted to do more…  As she described her son - ding*ding*ding!!!  I suddenly had answers to unasked questions and stressors for my high-cap son ...  For the past 4+ years we have been gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, organic, Omega3, bone broth… we do it =)  My family was surprised at how open I was to starting meds - but I figure that he is doing everything else right ... his bod might just need this right now - while always exploring other avenues.  Please do keep us posted on what you discover for your family.  Our bodies are pretty darn complex and amazing, aren’t they??

Posted by NKaye on Jul 23, 2014 at 5:15am

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