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Supplements for children with Inattentive ADD


Just wondering if anybody had any specific recommendations with regards to magnesium, zinc and calcium supplements, including dose and brand. My son will be 9 in January. Advice is greatly appreciated!!


Thank you sooo much!! I really appreciate this information!!

Posted by Hhh on Dec 19, 2012 at 5:04pm

My son’s doctor had prescribed the following supplements: Omega 3 fatty acid DHA. You can get this in the vitamin section of any Target or Walmart. It is listed as prenatal supplement. My son takes 200 mg/day. He also takes Omega 3 EPA, 629 mg. We use More EPA chewable soft gels by MInami. Finally, he takes a product called PS, 100mg. Its neuro-enhancement suppliment. We get it on the internet. I think one PS is as good as any other just make sure the PS is synthesized from soy and not cow brains. He also takes a multi with zinc, iron and magnesium. I wanna say the brand is Sundown, but I am actually out and don’t have the bottle in front of me. We get this at whole foods in the children’s supplement aisle. I tried ordering it on the Internet. But, every time I did; the product came to me moldy. The only caveat to this regime is that it can cause irritability, sleep disturbances and mania in some kids. So, I would introduce these supplements gradually. Start with the multi because it is the least likely to cause problems. Then, introduce the DHA. Then, the PS and last the EPA. Do this every two weeks until you’re giving him everything. That way, if he has a reaction to one of the supplements, you will know which one is causing it.

Good Luck,
Susan in Yuma

Posted by SueH on Dec 19, 2012 at 6:27pm

Thank you Susan!! I actually started PS (by Source Naturals) on 11/20. I give it to him in the morning with breakfast and after school. Additionally, I started him on Nordic Naturals omega kids 500 mg soft gel capsule. It contains 163 mg of EPA and 112 mg of DHA per capsule. I’m wondering if I should increase the number of capusles of the omega kids?

Appreciate everyone’s input!!!

Posted by Hhh on Dec 19, 2012 at 6:39pm

The vitamin he receives is Alive Gummies by Nature’s way. He gets 3 - it contains 7.5 mg of zinc, 2 mg of B6, 6 mg of B12, but no Magnesium. I’ll look into the Sundown brand. Thanks again!!

Posted by Hhh on Dec 19, 2012 at 6:44pm

He also drinks 1 Boost daily as he is on Vyvanse.

Posted by Hhh on Dec 19, 2012 at 7:14pm

Hi Hhh,

The following article, Nutrients to Boost Your ADHD Brain, lists ten foods, supplements, and herbs that can help both adults and children with attention deficit improve focus and cognitive function.

I hope this helps your son.

Best of luck,
ADDConnect Community Moderator

Posted by ADDConnect Community Editor on Dec 19, 2012 at 7:53pm

Check out Barleans Omega 3-6-9 orange swirl.  I get it on Amazon.  It has 300 mg of DHA and EPA in 1 tablespoon.  I think it tastes like a desert.  My daughter isn’t as thrilled, but she still takes it.

Posted by EmsMom on Dec 19, 2012 at 7:54pm

I am an alternative therapist doing a nutrition talk in Newburyport on Monday January 14th at 6pm on this very topic. The talk is free and open to the public. I also have a nutrition support group for those in the Newburyport, Southern New Hampshire area. You can find out more information and sign up by going to or calling 978-886-7153

Posted by jbartram on Dec 20, 2012 at 8:28pm

Thank you EmsMom I will definitely check into it. Our grocery store has capsules and my boy will swallow capsules. I just want to make sure the amount isn’t too much for him. Would kind of like specific dosing for kiddos on omega 3, and omega 6.

Thank you jbartram! I would love to come to your talk, but I live in KY. Will definitely check out your website.

Posted by Hhh on Dec 20, 2012 at 8:33pm

SOY?!!!  - in the supplement called PS.  I would sure want to make sure that soy was not something that made my ADHD child more hyperactive!  It does for mine.  We started a food diary to go along with my first grader’s daily school reports and quickly found a link (where I wasn’t looking for it - I was just trying to see if there was some correlation between what he ate and his behavior).  Asked his doctor, as I was preparing to do a “test”, and she said it was not uncommon!  So we avoid it as much as we can (being gluten and dairy free, once in a while we let a small amount sneak into a baked good).  If you’re going to use supplements, you should also be open to knowing and experimenting how food may affect your child. P.S. We use Nordic Naturals Arctic Cod Liver Oil on the recommendation of his MD - it comes in glass, is tested for chemicals, lead, etc. and has WAY more EPA’s and DHA’s than kid’s drugstore brands.

Posted by Katherine85 on Dec 22, 2012 at 8:08pm

Things we’ve used that seem to help:

Natural Vitality Kids Natural Calm Multi—liquid vitamin with lots of Vitamin Bs, magnesium, amino acids, fish oil, etc.  Very tart/sour fruit juice kind of flavor.  We add a little bit of fruit juice to tone it down, but my son likes it, and takes it better than other things.  Notice slight differences within a couple of weeks.

ADDed Attention—another liquid vitamin.  This did seem to help, but the taste was not good, so we looked for something else (hence the Kids Calm above).  I’ve heard they’ve improved the taste, however.

Fish Oil—Bioglan Kids Fish Oil, chewable, fruity “burstlets” in a fish shape.  No fishy taste.  Really.  I recently heard that the best source of Omega 3s is from algae, but haven’t looked into a source yet.

Muscle Milk Protein Drink

Best of luck!

Posted by Stephanne on Dec 22, 2012 at 10:42pm

Hi Katherine85 - yes, 2 year ago we had him evaluated for food allergies, thanks for the suggestions grin! My son is not hyperactive, he is inattentive add. The phosphatidyl serine supplement has not soy in it.
Keep the suggestions and thoughts coming grin!!

Posted by Hhh on Dec 23, 2012 at 6:07pm

The only thing that has helped my son is going unprocessed. I’d rather he get what he needs through his diet than from supplements. Since we made this change to a plant based diet, he’s shown a big improvement. That along with everything else we do helps.

Posted by adhdmom2000 on Dec 24, 2012 at 3:20am

Esprico - I get these in Germany, comes in tasty drinkable liquid in one-dose pouches, combines fish oil omegas 3 and 6 with zinc and magnesium. Good luck!

Posted by andreas on Jan 07, 2013 at 10:05pm

Esprico - I get these in Germany, comes in tasty drinkable liquid in one-dose pouches, combines fish oil omegas 3 and 6 with zinc and magnesium. Good luck!

Posted by andreas on Jan 07, 2013 at 10:05pm

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