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Can I give Vital Omega 3 and 6 Concentrate to my 7 year old son as the school suggested I give him these vitamins for his concentration in class?

- Anonymous / 20 March 2017

Answer

Good day

I would like to recommend Vital Kids Study Power. Please note however, that this is not a medicine, but rather a nutrition support product.

Vital Kids Study Power is expertly formulated to support the needs of highly active children, both mentally and physically. These capsules are packed with omega 3-rich fish oil, which supports the maintenance of normal brain function. Added phosphatidylserine supports brain nutrition, while amino acids and B-vitamins contributes to normal cognitive function.

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Anonymous

Hi,
My 10 year old daughter is on concerta 36mg is the Vital Kids Study Power. I am going to help her get to a lower dosage and eventually of the concerta.

- Kids / 22 June 2017
Anonymous

I have a 12 year old son who was diagnosed at age 4 with severe ADHD and ODD. Without typing pages and pages of history, I can just say that we are still struggling 8 years later.

I have been doing a lot of reading and have come across a lot of feedback wrt Niacin and using it for the “assisting of symptoms” of ODD.

I do not want to ask my GP about it as I doubt he will have any knowledge regarding any natural treatments, hate to generalise but GP’s normally prefer the chemical drugs 🙂

Have you heard anything about the use of Niacin for ODD? Do you know of anyone I could contact who might know something about it?

He is on Concerta and Risperidone so I dont just want to start him on the Niacin incase there is concern of interaction and also want to find out which is the best form to use.

Hope you can help!
Regards

- Kids / 17 June 2017
Nuru Adams

Hi
I have the same issue as some who previous wrote on your website. However all your recommendations on the products state that sys for 12 years and older and my kid is 8. Do you have anything else?

QUESTION

My daughter is 8 years old & her concentration is a bit poor. She gets easily distracted & a bit on the hyper side. I would like to know if there is anything herbal I can give her because the school has recommended I put her on Ritalin but I’m not really keen on going that root.
– Yolandi / 29 March 2011
ANSWER

Hi there
Well done for looking for other solutions! Unfortunately, schools are quite quick to recommend Ritalin, but really, before giving Ritalin, a child should be seen by an experienced psychiatrist and a thorough history taken! Teachers aren’t qualified in this, and GPs are really either – which often leads to overdiagnosis of the condition, the end result of which is that so many children are put on medication, when they probably don’t need it! There are quite a few things you can do naturally, and, hopefully, she won’t need the Ritalin. It just takes some dedication as it won’t work overnight.
The first thing is definitely going to be an Omega 3 fatty acid supplement.
Omega 3s are crucial for children, especially if they have concentration problems and struggle to focus. Although exact dosages haven’t been established yet, you would want to give at least 2000 – 3000mg daily. You can give Vital Omega 3 Concentrate capsules, 2 – 3 daily. There are many studies showing a definite link between ADHD and omega 3 fatty acid deficiency. These from fish oil are especially important. Omega 3s form building blocks of brain cells.
For a general multivitamin & -mineral supplement, especially one that contains B vitamins, you can give her Vital Kids Study Power.
There’s also a link being seen between magnesium deficiency and behavioural problems like ADHD. Children between 4 & 8 can take up to 350mg daily, so you can give her 1 – 2 tablets daily of Vital Magnesium Complex. Magnesium supplementation seems to be particularly helpful for hyperactivity and irritability.
Alternatively, you can try the tissue salt, Mag phos – a small tablet that they can just chew) in the Sister Lilian range to help with magnesium and nerve-muscle transmission. Kali phos, another tissue salt is known as the nerve remedy, and could be helpful too. You’d give 3 tablets of each daily.

- Kids / 17 June 2017

Hi, I’m Michelle Jooste.

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