Monday, October 23, 2017
Vitamin and mineral supplements show some promise in kids with ADHD
Researchers at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand conducted the first, fully blinded, randomized, controlled trial of a dietary supplement in children with ADHD who were not taking psychotropic medications.
93 children, ages 7-12 years who met criteria for ADHD based on diagnostic interview (K-SADS-PL) and parent/teacher reports (Conners questionnaires), were randomized to 10 weeks of treatment with either a proprietary formula of micronutrients (Daily Essential Nutrients) or placebo; both provided by Hardy Nutritionals.
After treatment, clinicians (but not parents or teachers) reported greater improvement in their impression of overall function, ADHD, and mood symptoms in the treatment group. Parents reported greater improvement in conduct problems, and teachers reported greater improvement in emotional regulation.