ADHD or Lack of Vitamin D?
by MaryJo Wagner
suggestion, no proof yet, that lack of vitamin D is involved with controlling behavior.

Vitamin D deficiency is so widespread that the American Academy of Pediatrics
recently suggested doubling the amount of vitamin D it recommends for infants,
children, and adolescents to 400 IU a day. Pediatricians are now telling parents to
give their kids fish oil capsules or vitamin D supplements.

African-American kids and their parents tend to lack more vitamin D than whites
because darker skin absorbs fewer ultra-violet rays from the sun. So Black kids who
show ADHD behaviors often suffer nothing more than a lack of vitamin D, an easily
corrected deficiency.

So you can add vitamin D deficiency to the growing list of factors that look like ADHD
but aren't. Get kids drinking vitamin D fortified milk and orange juice, playing
outdoors in the sunshine, and eating the few foods high in vitamin D (oily fish like
salmon).

Vitamin D supplements make sense. Not enough foods contain enough vitamin D to
prevent the deficiency. And too much sun causes brutal sunburns on those blond,
fair-skinned kids which can eventually lead to skin cancer. Sun screen prevents
sunburn, but it also prevents the absorption of vitamin D from the ultra-violet rays of
the sun.

So fix salmon for dinner accompanied by a big glass of milk, and give the kids a 400
IU vitamin D supplement. Send them out to play in the sunshine but don't forget the
sunscreen. The vitamin D they'd absorb from the sun doesn't make up for the long
term risks of skin cancer.

Enough vitamin D and maybe those annoying ADHD behaviors will stop.

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About The Author

MaryJo Wagner, Ph.D. - The Learning Doctor, helping you help your kids learn any
subject at any time easily and quickly.
We've long known that kids need
plenty of vitamin D for healthy bones.
We urge parents to make sure kids
get plenty of sunshine. We put
vitamin D in milk. And my Mom went
a step further: forcing me to swallow
tablespoons of nasty cod liver oil.

Now scientists at Children's Hospital
and Research Center in Oakland
California have discovered that a lack
of vitamin D can cause brain
dysfunction. Turns out that vitamin D
affects proteins in the brain directly
involved in learning, memory, and
motor control. There's also a
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