Imagine your reaction when someone comments about your child having possible ADHD symptoms. Many of you might react by saying, “He is a boy and boys are known for ‘Not Being Disciplined’.”
However, ever wondered there are foods and minerals out there, which are known to help a child stay, focused while remaining calm.
Stimulant medications are seen being prescribed by some physicians who specialize in treating ADHD symptoms of children being affected.
The stimulants tend to affect dopamine levels in the brain and individuals being affected by the disorder are believed to have lower levels of dopamine.
A study published during early 2013 says that iron levels need to be improved in the brain region for having an effective dopamine synthesis. Further, physicians recommend having the iron levels regularly checked.
However, studies have shown iron measurements are less invasive and having ferrite levels in the blood checked to be a viable option.
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Ferrites are the proteins that are found in the cells that have the iron levels stored.
It should always be noted that iron should never be added to your supplemental diets without having a proper consultation with your medical practitioner.
Having excessive iron levels are seen to be dangerous as it can result in blocking the absorption of copper, manganese and zinc.
Getting iron from natural foods is always seen to be a healthier option.
For instance, beef that is fed with quality grass is seen to be a healthier source of proteins. However, if you end up adding cheese to your diet, the dairy product has a ‘less-desirable’ effect resulting in interference with iron absorption.
Nevertheless, if you are a vegetarian you can find other great sources that are rich in protein.
Deficiency in magnesium levels is seen to cause mental confusions and irritability that result in an individual having lowered attention span.
Experts at the Maryland Medical Center in the USA say children diagnosed with ADHD might have a magnesium deficiency.
A study observed 75 children with known magnesium deficiency later had an ADHD diagnosis. Nevertheless, those who were administered magnesium-based supplements were seen to showcase improved behavioral traits in comparison to others who did not.
Another study analyzed the levels of magnesium in children diagnosed with ADHD. The results were seen to be positive for deficient levels of magnesium in 95 percent of the ADHD children.
An earlier study that was done to understand the supplemental effects of zinc highlights the effectiveness of zinc in combating impulsive behavior, impaired social activity and reducing hyperactivity of individuals diagnosed with ADHD.
It was further observed zinc sulfates are well tolerated by ADHD individuals.
Nevertheless, it is equally important to understand what could actually be causing a reduction in zinc levels.
Observations play a greater role in understanding the underlying symptoms. For instance, observing your child’s picky eating habits that might be depriving him/her of the required minerals.