01/30/2014

Vitamins may help fight ADHD

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According to new research published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, a broad range of vitamins and minerals may help reduce symptoms of ADHD. 

In the small-scale study, 80 adults with ADHD were given either supplements containing vitamin D, vitamin B12, folate, magnesium, ferritin, iron, calcium, zinc and copper, or a dummy pill. After eight weeks of treatment, those on supplements reported greater improvements in both their inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity compared with those taking the placebo. 

Psychologists from the University of Canterbury, in Christchurch, say the effects of vitamins and minerals are more modest than medication but may be useful for some people, particularly those seeking alternative treatments. While the results are promising, the study needs to be replicated to determine how the treatment works.

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