Vitamins and ADHD

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Everybody knows how important vitamins are, right? And I bet you think that if you’re eating a fairly healthy diet, you’re doing OK as far as vitamins go. Maybe you even take a vitamin daily.

Dr. Ray D. Strand, MD, on his website has this to say:

For years I told my patients they could get everything they need from their diet. However, after researching the medical literature for the past seven years on this subject, I am convinced that every man, woman, and child needs to be taking nutritional supplements in order to better protect their health.

Our bodies are created with a complicated and sophisticated antioxidant defense systems to protect ourselves from the devastating damage of oxidative stress. Because this generation is under greater attack from the toxins in our environment, our stressful lifestyles, and poor eating habits than any other previous generation, we need to optimize these defense systems. Eating a healthy diet is a good a start. However, there is no way we can obtain the optimal levels of the nutrients our bodies need from our diet alone. We must supplement our diet to best protect our health.

So how is this relevant to ADHD? Well, in my last post, I talked about how the things you put into your body have an effect on your brain. Have a few shots of tequila and see how clear your thinking becomes if you don’t believe me.

So if eating a healthy diet isn’t enough by itself to nourish our brains and bodies in the most optimal way, doesn’t it make sense to take a vitamin supplement as well?

I’ve been spending some time lately talking to and learning from Jay Warecki, PhD. who has some fascinating things to say about ADHD and nutrition, and vitamins in particular.

According to Jay:

more than 60 chronic degenerative diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, depression, AD/HD, and virtually all of the “big names”, have been found to have their root cause related to oxidative stress at the cellular level.

You can read more about this here and here.

Healthy eating and good quality vitamins are two of the things that Jay recommends for ADHD.

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Lacy Estelle

Lacy Estelle is the writer of and the Podcast host for An ADD Woman.

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