Have you ever wondered about vitamin C and if it could be beneficial for children with ADHD? If so, continue reading because that’s what this post is all about.
Parents often ask me about various supplements, and one thing to keep in mind is that there is no “one size fits all” approach to supplementation.
Supplementation should be tailored to each individual in order to address specific healing opportunities and to provide support to each individual body.
Some children are helped by supplements that are targeting certain minerals and vitamins, but other children see no effects whatsoever, or worse, they see negative effects!
I don’t want you to waste a bunch of money on supplements that aren’t tailored toward your child, because when I first started on this journey with my son, that’s exactly what I did!
I spent a fortune trying various supplements that others said were the miracle cures for their children. In the end, most of these supplements didn’t help my son at all. One of them, I remember, made his behavior even worse!
What I tell my clients instead is to try and get all the nutrients their children need through food.
Food is always our first medicine! We go there FIRST to try to improve the state of the gut.
Our children should be getting most of their nutritional needs through eating a well-balanced diet that is designed to maintain healthy levels of key nutrients and to foster emotional regulation and brain development.
So, if you’re just beginning the healing journey, my recommendation for you is to begin by addressing the diet. Cut out gluten, dairy, and soy as these foods are the most reactive in the body. Introduce more fruits and veggies. Eat more whole foods. Eat less processed foods. Incorporate healthy fats and grass fed and wild caught protein.
Focus on the diet first before worrying about supplements.
Then, once a family has worked on their diets and done these things, I might suggest supplementation at that point…but that is AFTER I do functional lab testing to see what the child’s body is deficient in.
It makes no sense to give a supplement without first trying to determine if the body actually needs that supplement.
Now, that being said, vitamin C is one of those supplements that can be beneficial for just about everyone, especially during the cold and flu season.
Vitamin C is well known for its benefits when battling a cold, but it is also a crucial vitamin for children’s health and development.
Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant and helps reduce free radical damage and inflammation in the body, which is the key to healing and reducing symptoms in our children.
It is also important in modulating the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain, which is a happy chemical associated with mood, social development, and sleep.
Vitamin C increases the activity of our white blood cells, including antimicrobial and natural killer cell activities.
Our bodies don’t actually make vitamin C on their own, so it is important that the diet is rich in foods containing this, and supplementation can help for those extremely deficient or having compromised diets.
Another thing to note is that the more sugar we eat, the less we are able to absorb vitamin C.
Please keep in mind that vitamin C should not be taken within an hour before or after taking prescription medicine as the ascorbic acid prevents the medication from being absorbed fully in the bloodstream.
One of my favorite brands of Vitamin C is Paleovalley’s Essential C Complex!
The reason I love this particular brand is because it is made 100% from non-gmo plants, and this company has amazing quality control standards. A lot of vitamin C that is sold in box stores is made from GMO plants and does not offer the same nutritional benefits as this one.
There are also lots of foods that are high in vitamin C. Here are a few:
- Yellow & green bell peppers
- Kiwi fruit
- Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and cranberries
- Citrus fruit – orange, lemon, & grapefruit
I am not a medical doctor and this post is based on my experience. No information in this post should be relied upon to make a medical diagnosis, treat, prevent or cure any disease or medical condition.
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And as always, I am not a medical doctor and the above post is based on my experience. No information on this site should be relied upon to make a medical diagnosis, treat, prevent or cure any disease or medical condition.