Natural Remedies for ADHD? Also, Nootropics?

For a reason I will keep to myself, for about a month or two, I will not be allowed to take strong stimulants. Anything less than amphetamine-strength stimulation is fine. So don’t bring that into consideration when you answer this.
What are some suggestions for natural remedies for ADHD when I go to the vitamin and supplement store? Are there Nootropics at vitamin stores?
I have severe concentration issues, impulsivity issues, and I have a lack of energy.
I take 2000mg Omega-3 flaxseed oil daily

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  • There have actually been a lot of studies that have shown that Fish Oil can help with ADD/ADHD. It seems too simple, and that may be one reason it wasn’t really looked at closely for this, but I wasn’t surprised it would help when I thought about it. The EPA and DHA in Fish Oil help with all sorts of things including heart health, skin health, and brain health.
    Give it a try… it’s economical, safe, and easy. Just make sure that the company you get it from uses Molecular Distillation because that’s currently the only safe way to remove any trace contaminants of any heavy metals. Of course, if you aren’t sure about the dosage or the benefits, you may want to consult with a holistic doctor, as they may have other additional options available to them.

    As far as Nootropics (I assume you mean "smart pills"), there are several natural products (including Fish Oil) that help with brain health, which in turn can help with memory, focus, and general mental processing. The most popular ones are Ginkgo Biloba, Acetyl L-Carnitine, Phosphatidylserine (abbreviated PS), DMAE, Huperzine A, Bacopa Monnieri (or Monniera), and Vinpocetine.
    There are a LOT of people that get a lot of benefit from any combination of those. I would suggest adding one at a time to your daily regiment as too much too fast can be tough.
    Good luck!

  • try going to a natropath (i think thats how you spell it) a natropath is a real doctor but they prescribe natural herbs and things instead of drugs. i go to one and find the work just as good as drugs. there are no side effects and they are nat harmful in any way, you can use them along with medication prescribed by your regular doctor.

  • Great answer "oldtimekid2."

    Just a few things to add:
    – Flax seed oil isnt high enough in Omega-3s, nor is it a particluarly bio-available form of Omega-3 fatty acids…
    – For ADD/ADHD you want a source that is higher in DHA than EPA. Check out fish oil supplements designed for kids (higher in DHA) or krill oil.
    – Omega-3 supplements must be taken with FOOD in order for your body to absorb them appropriately
    – Fish oils should be kept refrigerated in the store and at home (krill oil is the one exception.)
    – Dose in the 2000 – 4000mg/day range… but if you have low blood pressure or are taking other meds, run this by your doc first.

    Also, ADD/ADHD (and distant cousin ASD) respond DRAMATICALLY to dietay changes. Diet sensitivities can cause a variety of behavioural and cognitive issues! Talk to a Naturopathic Doctor near you (www.cand.ca in Canada) to design an "elimination diet" or "hypoallergenic diet" for you.

    There are lots of other supplements and natural treatments that can help. (oldtimekid addressed a few.) It’s best that you also run these supplements by your doc or a Naturopathic Doctor as their effectiveness for patients with ADD/ADHD varies and some interract with other meds/sups/herbs.

  • I did a huge project on ADHD and no natural remedies have been scientifically proven. Whatever you do make sure you look at the research and don’t waste your money.
    Personally, I take medication and it works really well with very little dosage…try seeing a psychiatrist.

  • i have adhd to if u want to help with it without meds try drinking coffe and listening to music or chewing gum those all realy help belive it or not

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