Research has shown there are alternatives to taking dangerous drugs to calm and focus children with ADD. Prescribed medications only camouflage the real problem? One problem is inadequate amounts of minerals in the body.

We simply need to take our focus off the drugs and on what the child is eating and not eating—we need to take an in-depth look at our child’s diet.  Did you know that a tablespoon of Black Strap molasses has as much calcium as a glass of milk and would supply your child with the daily iron his or her body needs? And did you know that cola drinks deplete the body of important minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, and zinc, which all three actually supply the body with more focus, attention, and calmness?

Research has shown (see tables below) that the very same symptoms evident in children with ADD/ADHD are also nutritionally deficient in zinc, magnesium, calcium, and iron.

Assessment of Magnesium Levels in Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)Kozielec T, Starobrat-Hermelin B Magnes Res 1997 Jun;10(2):143-8The aim of this work was to estimate magnesium contents in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, (ADHD). The investigations comprised 116 children (94 boys and 20 girls), aged 9-12 years, with recognized ADHD. Magnesium levels have been determined in blood serum, red blood cells and in hair with the aid of atomic absorption spectroscopy.  Magnesium deficiency was found in 95 percent of those examined, most frequently in hair (77.6 percent), in red blood cells (58.6 percent) and in blood serum (33.6 percent) of children with ADHD.The conclusion from the investigations is that magnesium deficiency in children with ADHD occurs more frequently than in healthy children. Analysis of the material indicated a correlation between increasing levels of magnesium and freedom from distractibility.

 

The Effect of Deficiency of Selected Bioelements on Hyperactivity in Children with Certain Specified Mental Disorders Starobrat-Hermelin B Ann Acad Med Stetin 1998;44:297-314In this study of 116 ADHD children, the investigator found significant deficiencies of magnesium, copper, zinc, calcium, and iron (in blood and hair). Of 75 children with documented magnesium deficiency, 50 were placed on a magnesium supplement for 6 months, while the remaining 25 continued with conventional therapy, without additional magnesium. At the end of this study, all 75 children were again evaluated for mineral levels.The post-test findings revealed higher levels of magnesium, zinc, and calcium and a respectively essential decrease in hyperactivity in the group of children treated with magnesium. At the same time, however, among the children given standard treatment without magnesium, hyperactivity had intensified.The study concludes that there is a need for magnesium supplementation in ADHD, and that taken together with conventional modes of treatment provides opportunities to extend benefits to “children of the risk” who might otherwise fail to respond.

Foods High In Magnesium:

Pumpkin seeds, spinach, swiss chard, salmon, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, halibut, tuna, black beans, and navy beans, and blackstrap molasses, dried figs, artichokes, buckwheat, oat bran, almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, navy beans, white beans, and cornmeal.

Foods High In Omega-3:

Omega 3’s found in sardines in oil, fresh salmon and canned salmon with the bones, blackstrap molasses, broccoli, turnip greens, kale, cornbread, corn tortilla, rhubarb, almonds, sesame seeds, white beans, baked beans, Brussel sprouts. (Hint: Sesame seeds and almonds can be ground down from whole form to make sesame and almond milk; both of which have more calcium per glass than cow’s pasteurized milk). Additionally, you can use sesame milk and or almond milk in place of cow’s milk in your recipes.

Foods High In Iron:

Black strap molasses, cooked beans and lentils, pumpkin seeds, pork liver, clams, oysters, beef liver, shrimp, sardines, turkey, salmon, tuna, egg yolks, raisins, prunes, and dates.

Foods High In Zinc:

Oysters, beef liver, lima beans, chick peas, split peas, raw cashews, raw pecans, parmesan cheese, ginger root, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, calves liver, shell fish, shrimp, and venison.

Parents can get creative with the nutritious foods above, and if at all possible make sure they are organic and fresh. Always steam vegetables and eat as many raw fruits and veggies as possible.  See how many healthful recipes you can come up with that use the foods above and give your child the head start he or she needs to have a healthy and strong body.

In 1996 the World Health Organization warned that Ritalin over-use had reached dangerous proportions.  And that was over 15 years ago!  And still here we are today, with the help of the FDA still doing the same thing! Today the over-used and over-abused drug for ADD and ADHD is Adderall. We can simply choose not to become involved in this drug-pushing agenda and say no to dangerous drugs and yes to proper diet, exercise, and adequate amounts of sleep.