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Review
, 23 (4), 883-97

Nutritional Supplements for the Treatment of ADHD

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Nutritional Supplements for the Treatment of ADHD

Michael H Bloch et al. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am.

Abstract

Polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation appears to have modest benefit for improving ADHD symptoms. Melatonin appears to be effective in treating chronic insomnia in children with ADHD but appears to have minimal effects in reducing core ADHD symptoms. Many other natural supplements are widely used in the United States despite minimal evidence of efficacy and possible side effects. This review synthesizes and evaluates the scientific evidence regarding the potential efficacy and side effects of natural supplements and herbal remedies for ADHD. We provide clinicians with recommendations regarding their potential use and role in overall ADHD treatment.

Keywords: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder; Gingko biloba; Magnesium; Omega-3 fatty acids; Polyunsaturated fatty acids; Zinc.

Conflict of interest statement

Disclosures: The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

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