According to Ardis, natural solutions for ADHD that could help children and adolescents suffering from it had been published as early as 2001. He noted that deficiencies of certain vitamins and minerals in the body can lead to ADHD.
Ardis cited the findings of pediatrician Dr. Lendon Smith. The advocate of vitamin use for children found that many of those diagnosed with ADHD were low in certain nutrients. Ardis explained that Smith "had evaluated their blood and nutrient levels and found that there was a very common theme among all of them – many of them had low calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6 and essential fatty acids."
The Brighteon.TV host also noted that omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are of much benefit for children with ADHD. According to a 2009 study, omega-3 was able to control ADHD symptoms in elementary school children.
Ardis also recommended zinc for those with ADHD, ideally 30 to 50 milligrams (mg) taken with a meal. He explained that zinc is an essential trace mineral that is a vital component of the central nervous system and neurotransmitter synthesis. Zinc is also involved with more than 300 enzymatic reactions within the body to support normal growth and development.
Multiple studies have also shown the connection between zinc deficiencies and neuro-psychiatric illnesses such as ADHD. One study from 2011 that Ardis cited showed that children given 30 mg of zinc for at least eight weeks experienced a reduction in symptoms of ADHD.
Ardis also mentioned that vitamin D and magnesium help mitigate the symptoms of ADHD in children, citing two studies to back up his claims.
The first study he cited was published January 2016 in the Egyptian Journal of Medical Human Genetics. According to the paper written by researchers from Ain Shams University, children with ADHD who received magnesium supplementation showed improved cognitive functions based on the Wisconsin card sorting test and Conners' rating scale. It concluded that magnesium supplementation for a few weeks significantly reduced the clinical symptoms of ADHD.
The second study he mentioned was published in BMC Pediatrics back in April 2021. The study authors from Iran sought to look at the effects of vitamin D and magnesium supplementation in children with ADHD. (Related: Magnesium and vitamin D: The perfect pair?)
The paper concluded that 50,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D per week co-supplemented with six mg of magnesium for every kilogram per day could improve the behavioral function and mental health of children with ADHD.
For his part, Ardis recommended between 5,000 to 10,000 IU of vitamin D and 500 mg of magnesium daily for those with ADHD. Not only is magnesium important for relaxing the body, but it is also important for neurological function.
The Texas-based chiropractor also mentioned a 2006 study that showed the effects of magnesium supplementation, alongside vitamin B6, on children with ADHD who took them. When the children stopped taking the vitamins, the ADHD symptoms reappeared in a few weeks. Their vitamin levels also dropped at the same time.
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