Children with ADHD should take certain vitamins and minerals.
Some research suggests that ADHD is linked to nutritional deficiencies. Parents of children with ADHD often ask if there are any vitamins or minerals that can help.
Children with ADHD seem to have lower zinc levels than children without ADHD. Zinc increases the production of melatonin, which helps to regulate dopamine. One proposed cause of ADHD is dopamine dysfunction in the brain.
A recent study suggests that patients taking 15 mg of elemental zinc per day in addition to methylphenidate do better than those on methylphenidate alone. It's thought that zinc deficiency might result in a poor response to stimulant therapy.