According to results of a clinical trial recently published in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, regular use of a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement can improve symptoms of aggression and emotional instability in children suffering from ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).
This first of a kind study was a randomized, placebo controlled study of children with ADHD who were not taking prescription medication.
For the study, 93 children between the ages 7 to 12 were given either a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement or placebo for 10 weeks. During this time, investigators collected information from the parents, teachers and doctors of the subjects. Included in the data obtained were measures of ADHD symptoms, frequency and severity of aggressive behaviors, mood regulation, general functioning, and levels impairment.
Results of the trial were reassuring to those of us clinicians who regularly recommend high quality multi-vitamin supplements to our patients and clients:
47% of the children taking the multi-vitamin/mineral formula improved “much” or “very much” compared to only 28% of the children assigned to the placebo group. In addition, 32% of the children who received the supplement demonstrated improvements in attention; there were, however, no changes seen in impulsivity or hyperactivity.
This novel clinical trial demonstrated that a multi-vitamin/mineral formula can improve mood, focus, and general functioning in children with ADHD.
Findings of this study are consistent with that of previous research showing that specific nutrients – such as omega-3 fatty acids, PEA, and phosphatidylserine - can improve ADHD symptoms.
These research findings underscore the need to optimize every child’s nutritional status, ideally based on testing. Addressing insufficiencies can assist with the optimization of brain function as well as help with many of the symptoms associated with ADHD and with minimal, if any, harmful side effects.