What are some good supplements/vitamins that can be used to replace medications like Adderall for ADHD and focusing on tasks?
Q. Dear Terry, “What are some good supplements/vitamins that can be used to replace medications like Adderall for ADHD and focusing on tasks?” — Dillon S., Oklahoma City, OK
A. Dear Dillon, I believe diet is extremely important when it comes to overall health. I would start by removing dairy products (with the exception of cream, butter, and eggs), sugar, soft drinks, and all grains from your diet. For more information, you can review my diet here or watch my webinar. For additional information, I also recommend visiting the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
In addition to dietary changes, there are powerful natural substances that can help with the symptoms of ADHD. Many integrative practitioners believe that ADD/ADHD may actually be a result of chronic inflammation. This inflammation prevents the neurons from communicating properly and can have adverse effects on how we process information.
The most powerful anti-inflammatory substance in the natural world I know of is curcumin. I recommend choosing a curcumin that features excellent absorption and has been proven in published human studies. I prefer curcumin blended with turmeric essential oil in a patented process. I would take curcumin once or twice per day.
It has been frequently reported that people with ADD/ADHD (both adults and children) have an increased risk of emotional disturbances, particularly depression, social phobias, and anxiety. Whether this is a component of the trait or the excess inflammation, relieving anxiety improves mood and concentration.
For anxiety, I would recommend adding narrow-leaved coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia) to your daily regimen. Researchers have discovered that compounds in this unique type of coneflower can help reduce anxiety as effectively as certain prescription medications, without the side effects. These compounds have been shown to work with our endocannabinoid system, which helps to instill a sense of calm and relaxation. Make sure you look for a clinically studied, narrow-leaved coneflower root extract that is standardized for echinacosides.
Additionally, I believe omega-3s are very beneficial for cognitive function, including focus and attention. I prefer omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, naturally bound to phospholipids, as this is much closer to nature and how people were meant to absorb and use these nutrients. I would take omega-3s from salmon once per day.
Terry . . . Naturally