This afternoon I visited my doctor – just a check in on my depression. Since I’ve been having some troubles lately, mostly due to circumstances, she suggested adding Vitamin D to my diet. She said that research had shown remarkable results for depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder, and many other things.
I was curious about Vitamin D and ADHD, so I did some research of my own. Here are some of the things I found out:
Mary Jo (a twitter friend) who blogs at Brain Boosters for Your Kids did a post almost a year ago about the link between Vitamin D and ADHD. She cited a study done by Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland CA that found that insufficient Vitamin D can adversely affect brain function. You can read the entire article here.
This report, from the National AD/HD Alternative Association, also suggests that the addition of Vitamin D and other supplements can improve ADHD symptoms. Although I have never heard of this group before, their ideas and suggestions are very similar to my Natural ADHD Diet.
An article in ADDitude Magazine also suggests that diet may help ADHD symptoms. Although they do not mention Vitamin D specifically, they do mention vitamins in general. You can find the article here.
Even if you eat a healthy diet, you might want to consider some vitamins supplements. In much of the research I did, it was often mentioned that people were often deficient in vitamin levels. Magnesium and zinc, as well as Vitamin D were mentioned most often.