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Quality Supplements I’ve Found

Quality Supplements I’ve Found To Help ADHD

(Read my medical disclaimer. Don’t take any supplements without first checking with your doctor.)
Specific and detailed information regarding these supplements (including dosing and how to take them to get the greatest effect) and many other ADHD treatment options can be found in the book The Attention Handbook.

L-Tyrosine.

This is a precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine. (This means the body uses it to make dopamine.) Lack of dopamine in the brain and/or inefficient usage of dopamine by the brain, is thought to be one of the main causes of many ADHD symptoms.

I have had pretty good luck supplementing with L-Tyrosine. In fact, L-Tyrosine was one of the main supplements that allowed me to stop taking prescription ADHD medication.(Not that that should necessarily be your goal, but it might be an option.)

The “NOW” brand is my current favorite. It really packs a punch. I can take a lower dosage and still get the same effect, as compared to some of the other brands.

I take this protein supplement every morning. It really helps to "wake up" my brain and get it functioning at peak levels. It comes in vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate flavors.

   

Magnesium – The 4th most abundant mineral in your body, and necessary for over 300 functions, including nerve function and energy.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that 68% of American’s are magnesium deficient. Other estimates put it close to 80%, so it is likely that you too, are magnesium deficient.

My experience of being deficient in magnesium is that I feel jittery, jumpy and anxious–like "I want to crawl out of my skin" is how I describe it. "Hyperactive" would be another way to describe it. I also find that I have insomnia when I’m low in it. So if you’re feeling this way, you might want to look into magnesium supplementation.

Comes in 6 flavors

Phenylalanine
If you’ve tried L-tyrosine, and it doesn’t seem to work for you, you might want to try phenylalanine, which is another amino acid. This works for some people when L-tyrosine doesn’t.

For information on which form you should take (D, L, or DL) see The Attention Handbook.