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Vitamin D and ADHD: Get outside this summer!

Exercise has long been our go-to recommendation for clients with ADHD looking for an alternative, or supplement, to medication. Stimulating the body’s core also stimulates the pre-frontal image cortex, the part of the brain affected by ADHD. In fact, Springboard’s medical director, Dr. Ainslie Gray MD, can actually reduce a patient’s dosage of stimulant medication if s/he is getting at least 20 minutes of exercise each morning.

With or without ADHD, we all know that exercise is important. That being said, it’s one thing to intend to get outside and exercise; it’s another altogether to actually go out and exercise. Well, we’ve got good news!!

Just getting outside might help ADHD, no exercise required (but still recommended)!

Vitamin D and ADHD:

Some studies show a lower concentration of vitamin D in people with ADHD. We found an article that explores this connection and offers evidence that increased levels of vitamin D could have a positive effect on symptoms of ADHD.

Some quotes from the article:

(1)  “Vitamin D can boost levels of the antioxidant glutathione in the brain….[A]ntioxidant deficits can worsen ADHD symptoms, and fatty acids (namely omega-3’s) are frequently administered for ADHD and related disorders.”

(2)  “Perhaps the strongest correlation, however, may be between vitamin D and depressive-like symptoms, particularly those associated with seasonal affective disorders (SAD)…In other words, vitamin D supplementation may be particularly useful in individuals with ADHD who also have co-occurring depressive or anxiety-ridden symptoms.”

(3)  “In this study we found a lower prevalence of ADHD in areas with high solar intensity (SI) for both U.S. and non-U.S. data. The preventative effect of high SI might be related to an improvement of circadian clock disturbances, which have recently been associated with ADHD.”

READ the full article here.

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