Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Treating Children With ADD/ADHD With Herbal Supplements


Attention Deficit Disorder is a biogenetic disorder which affects the dopamine (DA) and serotonin (5-HT) receptors in the brain.   Approximately 9.5% of children and adolescents are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder.  Boys are diagnosed three times as often as girls because they are more prone to exhibiting hyperactivity.  Typically, children with ADD have a higher IQ than their counterparts; however maturity lags behind as much as 3 years.  Neuroscientist Dr. Daniel G Amen found six different types of ADD through neuroimaging and wrote a book, Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the 6 Types of ADD. 

From as soon as birth, the brain development depends on proper nutrients and Omega-3 fatty acids.  This is even more important for children with DA and 5-HT receptor defects.  Epigeneticists now suggest neuropathways can be restored or compensated during development with proper nutrition and Omega-3 fatty acids.  Results may be evident in as little as 8 weeks when put on nutritional supplements of quality. 
Children with ADD also benefit from proanthocyanidins, which strengthen the endothelial walls of the capillaries within the brain, making nutrient-rich blood circulation stronger.  Grape seed extract, along with Ginkgo biloba, maintains mental awareness and increases focus.  The added bonus of antioxidants helps to fight free radicals to allow for cellular development and DNA repair.  

Unfortunately, children with ADD may also suffer from depression and anxiety.  A blend of Griffonia seed, St. John’s wort, and vitamin B12 helps support proper neurotransmission between the synapses, thus improving mood and coping mechanisms.   For those children who suffer from sleep deprivation due to anxiety, Valerian root soothes and calms nervousness and provides a restful sleep; while passionflower relieves nervousness and agitation.

What I recommend and use for ADD/ADHD: 
Oligo Shakeables is the only children’s vitamin supplement which is up to 8 times more absorbable than the leading brand, it does not oxidize in the digestive system like other brands, and it is the only vitamin that mimics nature.  Not to mention it is in a delicious chocolate shake kids have a hard time saying “no” to.
Vitality Omega-3 in either Peach Mango Tango or Lime Sorbet.  Something so good for you has never been so delicious.  Kids think it is candy, teens think it is "da bomb- yeah whatever mom," adults think it is just plain good! Enough said.   
Provex Plus is the only supplement with grape skin extract, Ginkgo biloba extract, and billberry extract, proven to increase endothelial strength, improve vascular health, decrease oxidation, and improve blood circulation to the brain and heart.
Luminex helps to maintain healthy neurotransmission while naturally stabilizing mood; great for children and adults who experience mood swings, depression, and anxiety.
RestEZ is a relaxation herbal supplement which provides Valerian root, passionflower, and hops to provide relaxation and calmness to even the most wired of kids and active adults.  With only 1 capsule before bed, the most rambunctious of kids will soon be out like a light.

Weight lbs
Oligo
 Koala Pals
Vitality Omega-3
ProvexPlus
Luminex
RestEZ
<10
*
*
*
*
*
10-40
½ scoop
½   tsp
2
*
*
40-70
1 scoop
1    tsp
3
1
1
70-100
2 scoop
1½ tsp
4
2
1
      
    *Ask your pediatrician for proper dosages.   

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