With the pandemic and kids learning from home, many parents are concerned about their children’s attention span, cognitive function, and mood. This article explores important nutrients for good pediatric brain health, attention span, and mood.
In developed areas, children are most commonly deficient in vitamins (i.e., A, B6, C, D, E, folate) and minerals (i.e. iron, iodine, magnesium, zinc, and calcium). This risk increases in low-income areas, where poor nutrition has been shown to increase the risk of “neurocognitive deficits”. Studies have shown a correlation between ADHD and deficiencies specifically in iron, iodine, vitamin D, magnesium, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids.
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Supplementation of iron, iodine, vitamin D, magnesium, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids, on their own or in combination, have all resulted in improved behavior and cognitive function, as well as reduced hyperactivity in children with ADHD. The article recommends a “quality multivitamin and mineral supplement” as the most effective steps to ensure children meet their nutritional needs. Supplementation of these nutrients can also improve mental health in everyone.
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Decker, C. (Oct 2020). Evidence-Based Nutritional Interventions for Pediatric Brain Health. Townsend Letter, (447). 36-38.