ADHD And Vitamin D Deficiency
By Jessica Gundelfinger, DC DACNB
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a very common disorder among children. The prevalence of ADHD has been steadily increasing, from 7.8% in 2003 to 11% in 2011 in the USA.
ADHD causes difficulty paying attention, and usually comes with behavioral troubles too.
A recent study in the Iranian Journal of Child Neurology has found that children with ADHD have a significantly low level of serum Vitamin D. Vitamin D is exceptionally important as it acts assist in the creation of learning new concepts and forming memories. Additionally, it has been found to assist in the formation of enzymes and amino acids that are necessary to overall brain protection.
Over the past several years, studies have found that Vitamin D plays a role in many neurologic and psychiatric conditions such as Alzheimer’s, depression, and autism just to name a few. This new information shows Vitamin D is equally important in understanding ADHD. Despite an abundance in sunlight, children in the study that were diagnosed with ADHD exhibited lower levels of serum Vitamin when compared with children without the diagnosis. So what does this mean?
There is an epidemic of Vitamin D deficiency around the globe and the effects are still being discovered. The results of the study suggests the regular monitoring of Vitamin D levels and the treatment of those who are deficient can be beneficial. With the on going development in a child’s brain, it is important that all children get adequate Vitamin D intake. If you supplement, be sure the Vitamin D you are taking is in a form that is easily absorbable.