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The Role of Micronutrient Deficiencies in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has become an increasingly prevalent condition, afflicting children, adolescents, and adults. Some hallmarks of this brain disorder include an inability to focus and/ or a failure to see projects/ activities to completion. Unbeknownst to most, ADHD can be exacerbated by micronutrient deficiencies. Evidence of the relationship between micronutrient status and ADHD-associated behaviors is compelling; the list below represents some examples of the ... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Role of Omega-3s in ADHD & Autism

Researchers first linked ADHD to essential fatty acid deficiency in the early 1980s, and recent years have seen an unprecedented rise in autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  Since our nerves and brain are composed primarily of fats, poor omega-3 fatty acid status can alter neurotransmitter function and inhibit brain performance on many levels.  This deficiency has a greater impact on males because their requirements for essential fatty acids are, in general, ... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Thursday, April 27, 2017

Studies Show How Micronutrients can Help

Vitamin D protects telomeres: a randomized, controlled trial Telomerase activity was measured before and after 37 people were given either placebo or about 2000IU of oral vitamin D supplements per day for 16 weeks.  Serum vitamin D levels for those taking the supplement increased almost 200%.  The telomerase activity increased over 19% as well, while the telomerase activity of those on placebo did not change. (International Journal of Obesity, June 2012) LINK to ABSTRACT Increased ... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Nutrition Correlation Chart on ADHD

  Antioxidant StatusOxidative imbalance is prevalent in ADHD patients and likely plays a causative role; Deficiency of glutathione common in ADHD.3,4,5,6 FolateLow folate status in pregnancy linked to hyperactivity in children; People with the MTHFR (methyl tetrahydrafolate reductase) gene are predisposed to folate deficiency and more likely to have ADHD.1,2 Vitamin B6Evidence suggests high dose supplementation of B6 is as effective as Ritalin for ADHD, probably due to its role in raisin... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Nutritional Considerations of ADHD & Autism

ADHD and AUTISM ON THE RISERecent years has seen an unprecedented rise in autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Although researchers speculate on the reason for this rise, many factors likely contribute, including more accurate diagnosis. However, overwhelming evidence suggests that nutritional deficiencies may be a contributing factor. OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS ARE KEYOur brain and nerves are composed mostly of fat. The most important of these are called omega-3 fatty acids a... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Sunday, January 22, 2012

Webinar: Nutritional Considerations of ADHD & Autism

Presented by: Dr. Ron Grabowski Learn how micronutrient testing and nutritional considerations can be implemented into your practice to improve patient care. This webinar focuses the nutritional considerations of ADHD & Autism. Presentation Topics: What laboratory tests should be ordered with an autistic individual? How does homocysteine play a role in Autism? How does zinc play a role with ADHD? What levels of Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to be effective with ADHD?  Case Stu... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Thursday, December 16, 2010