There’s a new crop of treatments for ADHD in kids. Are they any better?

Dr. Shawn Talbott (Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACSM, FACN, FAIS) has gone from triathlon struggler to gut-brain guru! With a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry, he's on a mission to boost everyday human performance through the power of natural solutions and the gut-brain axis.

Very interesting article from Stat News last week (link below) – and also appearing in the Boston Globe print edition on May 2 – outlining some of the new drugs (mostly stimulants), medical devices (brain stimulators), and even video games (Akili- which I think is super-cool) that might help treat ADHD.

But, as I’ve written about many times before, most parents are completely unaware of the very safe and very effective natural alternatives to help their kids focus (pine bark), but also help them modulate stress (theanine), enhance mood (saffron), improve sleep quality (corn grass), and boost resilience (specific strains of probiotic bacteria and prebiotic fibers).

As a parent of two very busy college-aged kids (who take a lot of these supplements), and a PsychoNutritionist who studies this stuff, I think that MOST parents would be interested in trying a safe/effective NATURAL option for their kids before resorting to a potent and addictive synthetic stimulant with a long list of serious side effects?

Some of these natural options have shown equivalence to Prozac for improving mood in teenagers and Ritalin for sharpening focus in kids – and most of them deliver noticeable and meaningful improvements in “monkey mind” and brain fog within a few days – without side effects or dependency.

I talk about a lot of these natural options on my YouTube channel and in my books and on this blog.

The more that parents know what their options are, the better they can make informed decisions about what is best for their kids (and themselves).

Parents and doctors now have more tools than ever to help manage symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in kids.
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About the Author

Exercise physiologist (MS, UMass Amherst) and Nutritional Biochemist (PhD, Rutgers) who studies how lifestyle influences our biochemistry, psychology and behavior - which kind of makes me a "Psycho-Nutritionist"?!?!

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