Taking your supplements and vitamins to get the best results for treating your Adult ADD / ADHD can be a bit confusing. What time of day should you take them? With or without food? How fast will they work? Today I’ll share with you my six guidelines for taking ADD / ADHD supplements.
The first place to look for information is on the package. Sometimes everything you need to know is there. Except what if the package doesn’t say?
Six Guideline for Taking ADD / ADHD Supplements
- Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids, the most common ADD / ADHD supplement, can usually be taken any time of day. If you take more than 1000 mg of Omega-3s per day it makes sense to divide the dose. It usually doesn’t matter what time of day you take multivitamins.
- Think full stomach and plenty of fluids. Unless otherwise directed, take your supplements at meal time. If you don’t have consistent meal times, many adults with ADD / ADHD don’t, do you eat at least one meal regularly? Here’s a blog post to guide you in remembering to take your supplements.
- Take vitamins and supplements consistently. A couple of years ago my doctor recommended I take a vitamin vacation on weekends. Gradually I noticed how on Mondays my thinking was foggier and I was more sluggish. With my doctor’s agreement, I started taking my ADD / ADHD supplements on weekends again. Mondays aren’t hard for me anymore.
- Be patient. Vitamins and supplements aren’t magic pills. You may not notice the full effect of adding a new supplement for a couple of months. This is the hardest idea for my ADD coaching clients to grasp. ADD / ADHD adults aren’t patient people. We want immediate results. Give those fish oil pills at least two months before you ditch them and move on to something else.
- Pay attention. Following the recommendation of Dr. Ned Hallowell, my favorite ADD guru, I tried taking 2000 mg of Omega-3 Fatty Acids a day; his recommended dosage for treating adult ADD / ADHD. Except at 2000 mg I noticed my legs and arms got achy. When I cut back to one gram the aches went away. I eat an Omega-3 rich diet, so I suspect I can take less Omega-3 supplements. Perhaps that was the problem. I don’t really know, but I listen to my body.
- Tell your doctor. Be sure to keep your physician up-to-date on what supplements you take to treat your ADD / ADHD.
A number of people have written asking what multivitamin and Omega-3 supplements I recommend. Here’s what the Rayburn family takes: NOW Foods Special Two multivitamin and NOW Foods Omega-3. The price is reasonable and our trustworthy, healthfood co-op recommends the NOW brand. I like how easy it is to buy them from Amazon.com. Saves a trip to the store so we never run out and can follow these important guidelines for taking ADD / ADHD supplements.
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Posted in Self Treatment for ADD / ADHD on June 7, 2011