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When it Comes to ADHD, Vitamin B6 is the King

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Several studies have shown that Vitamin B6, along with magnesium, reduces the symptoms of ADHD in both children and adults. One such study was conducted on 52 diagnosed ADHD children and their families.

Scientists and researchers have discovered a link between Vitamin B6 and ADHD that creates a more natural way to deal with the life-altering symptoms of this disorder.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 11% of children and over 8 million adults suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the U.S. alone. Making this a true epidemic that leaves adults, parents, children, and even healthcare professionals desperately searching for answers.

So far, scientists have come to the conclusion that it is most likely genetic and is a brain-based biological disorder where dopamine (the chemical your brain makes naturally for use as a neurotransmitter) is found to be low in the areas of the brain that affect the ability to maintain focus, develop good social behaviors, and even basic movements of your body.

Enter Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 is a member of the B vitamin family, also called "B-Complex vitamins", that help your body in several different ways. They give you clearer skin and healthier nails, help you lose weight, and help with your nervous system.

When it comes to ADHD, Vitamin B6 is the king.

Vitamin B6 (or pyridoxine) takes food and turns it into energy that helps create neurotransmitters (chemical messengers carrying signals from one nerve to another) and produce serotonin (the feel-good hormone) and melatonin (calming hormone) helping you to feel calm and happy.

Since ADHD is a brain-based disorder, it makes sense that taking Vitamin B6 would work well.

Scientific Evidence for Taking Vitamin B6 for ADHD

Several studies have shown that Vitamin B6, along with magnesium, reduces the symptoms of ADHD in both children and adults. One such study was conducted on 52 diagnosed ADHD children and their families.

It was proven that Vitamin B6 reduced the symptoms in the children, and even the other family members who didn't suffer from ADHD but had other nervous system problems found relief as well. The study further revealed that when Vitamin B6 was reduced in the subjects, they soon returned to their normal level of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior.

Vitamin B6 or ADHD Medication?

A review of 19 research studies all reported an excess cost for ADHD medication in the United States for both children and adults to be between $143 billion to $266 billion every year. With a majority of people not able to afford insurance, the out-of-pocket costs are astronomical.

In addition, ADHD medications like Ritalin, Methylin, Concerta, Adderall, Dexedrine, Metadate, and Daytrana often lead to a guessing game at first to determine not only which one will work but also the dosage, the time of day to take it, and in what combination with other medications.

Add to this the side effects that are common with these medications and it can be quite draining and time-consuming for parents who have children with ADHD to figure out what works best.

Side Effects Include
Problems with sleeping
Lack of appetite
Delay in growth
Headaches
Stomach-aches
Nervous Tics
Irritability
Mood Swings


The most common side effect according to parents is what is called the "rebound" side effect. This happens when the medication (that is normally created to last for no more than 4 hours) wears off and the child becomes almost instantly hyperactive and/or irritable.

It is a hard riddle to solve making sure the medicine is working for school hours while wearing off at the right time so the child can sleep and have an appetite. Imagine as an adult with ADHD what a circus the same effects would have on your life.

Vitamin B6 has none of those side effects and works naturally in your body.

How do you get Vitamin B6?

There are a few ways but the most natural is Vitamin B-rich foods that serve as a real powerhouse for the brain. Eat these foods, and your body will take the Vitamin B6 and help you not only with ADHD but also provide balanced sugar levels, stronger bones, and a healthier heart.

What foods are rich in VitaminB6?

Spinach - Bananas - Chicken - Turkey - Tuna - Salmon - Shrimp - Beef Liver - Milk - Chickpeas - Cheese - Lentils - Beans - Carrots - Brown rice - Bran - Sunflower seeds - Wheat germ - Whole-grain flour

The catch is eating these foods every day and in the right amounts to ensure you 're getting enough Vitamin B6. America is not known to be the healthiest of nations and many of the foods we eat and the drinks we drink not only don't provide Vitamin B6 but also can sabotage what we do have in our bodies.

Also, certain medications such as heart medicines, antibiotics, and asthma medicines, (just to name a few), can impact your absorption of Vitamin B6 and potentially lead to further health issues.

So, what if you just take a multi-vitamin?

For the average person, a multi-vitamin should help augment what they don't get in their daily diet. However, if you are looking to help you or your child's ADHD, just meeting the daily requirement set by the USDA won't be enough.

How much Vitamin B6 should I take?

Take too much Vitamin B6 and you can risk side effects like nerve damage. Take too little and you can suffer from depression, muscle weakness, and short-term memory loss. As with any supplement, consult a doctor or dietician to determine what amount you should take.

Here is a general guideline:

Pediatric
Infants, 0 to 6 months: 0.1 mg
Infants, 7 months to 1 year: 0.3 mg
Children, 1 to 3 years: 0.5 mg
Children, 4 to 8 years: 0.6 mg
Children, 9 to 13 years: 1 mg
Boys, 14 to 18 years: 1.3 mg
Girls, 14 to 18 years: 1.2 mg

Adult
Men and women, 19 to 50 years: 1.3 mg
Men, 51 years and older: 1.7 mg
Women, 51 years and older: 1.5 mg
Pregnant women: 1.9 mg
 Breastfeeding women: 2.0 mg


If you are looking for a way to naturally help combat the symptoms of ADHD, Vitamin B6 is a great warrior to have on your side.

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