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Herbs and Supplements as Alternative Remedies for ADHD

ADHD has become a widely diagnosed disorder, and many parents with kids dealing with ADHD want to find safe yet effective natural remedies. These alternative remedies offer a safer (while also reliable) treatment alternative compared to prescription drugs like Concerta, Adderall, and Ritalin. They can also provide the needed calming effect that conventional medications can offer.

Some very promising natural alternatives for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder include:


Herbal medicines have been used for many years now to calm the mind since they have relaxing effects on the nervous system. People with ADHD had positive results with the use of herbs.

Gingko Biloba

Gingko BilobaThis can help reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety. It was also found to be effective in improving the memory, focus and other cognitive functions of people diagnosed with ADHD. However, more research is still being done on Gingko Biloba to realize its full potential.

Lemon Balm

Its calming effect can help reduce a variety of physical and emotional symptoms that include pain, irritability, anxiety, nervousness, and depression. It could also help promote relaxation and ease the insomnia for those with ADHD.

Gotu Kola

A lot of nutrients can be found in Gotu Kola that the human body needs, including the B Vitamins. This herb helps promote healthy brain functions and ease symptoms associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder like short attention span, poor memory, anxiety, and depression.


GinsengThis is included in the list of herbs that may improve memory and concentration for people with ADHD. It can also reduce nervousness and irritability. You can drink Ginseng as a tea, or take it as a pill. The results from a study conducted on red ginseng showed that the herb is highly effective in reducing hyperactive behaviors and help children diagnosed with ADHD perform markedly better at school.


Other than herbs, supplements may also help ease the symptoms of ADHD:

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3Also known as DHA fatty acids, they can help improve the symptoms of different health conditions which include arthritis and depression. Omega-3 fatty acids, which are necessary for human health, can improve the behavior and thinking of people with ADHD. A lot of us do not receive the essential amount of fatty acids through the food that we eat alone, thus supplements can be used.  This essential fatty acid is very important to have optimum brain health, regardless of age. An omega-3 supplement may improve brain cell function, thus reducing the symptoms of ADHD.


Some studies done on ADHD patients suggest that the children with this condition have lower levels of zinc on their blood. A lot of food contains this mineral and it plays a role in the way neurotransmitters function. Zinc is also a natural immune booster, and also supports brain development. Taking this supplement may improve symptoms of ADHD in children.


A deficiency in this mineral can cause a number of health problems which may include pale skin, ringing in the ear, weakness, rapid heartbeat and frequent headaches. A person with iron deficiency may also seem irritable and may develop cognitive impairment and learning disabilities. Some researchers believe that there might be a connection between the symptoms manifested in ADHD and low levels of iron in the body. They also believe that an iron supplement can improve the symptoms in both adults and children with ADHD.


A very important mineral that regulates more than 300 biochemical reactions of the body, Magnesium definitely plays a big role in helping us function normally. A deficiency in this mineral can cause short attention spans, mental confusion and trigger a feeling of irritability. Ironically, those are also some of the symptoms found in ADHD. Some doctors also suspect a possible connection between magnesium and ADHD although researchers are still doing more research to back up this theory.

Remember that supplementing ADHD medications without the guidance of the doctor can result in serious consequences, particularly in children. If you think that the alternative remedies listed above could be effective and you want to try them, talk to your doctor first before giving them a try. They could order a blood test to check the current levels of the mineral or nutrients in your body to make sure that you do not have more than the normal range.

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