Vitamin Therapy for ADHD: A Vitamin B-3 Case Study
ADHD is a common disorder among school-aged children. It is caused by nutrient deficiency, especially Vitamin B-3 (Niacinamide). It often goes on into adulthood. Research suggests that there is a quicker recovery if there is behavior modification first, followed by medication. If the primary cause of ADHD is a deficiency in Vitamin B-3, then it goes without saying that increasing the amount of this vitamin in the body will alleviate the symptoms of ADHD. This is what the proponent of this concept said, over six decades ago. This article explores how using Niacinamide as a vitamin therapy for ADHD can help to alleviate the symptoms of the disorder.
How vitamin therapy alleviated ADHD symptoms: a case study
William Kaufman, M.D., Ph.D. observed that adult ADHD patients responded to vitamin B3 therapy in a way that was very similar to the decreased running seen in animals in an experiment. The animals were deprived of essential nutrients (experimentally). They began to display a behavior characteristic of excessive running. When they were given doses of the essential nutrients they lacked, there was a significant decrease in running.
In fact, these findings were used to alleviate a particular case of adult ADHD. The patient in this case always started new projects and left them unfinished. Every time, he got distracted by a new interest. He could later on, after a lapse of time, try to finish the initial project. He was always very busy at work, but very inefficient.
After using vitamin therapy for ADHD, the patient became calm, worked more efficiently, and was able to finish what he started. He also began to lose the feeling where he had previously felt like he was constantly driving himself. The patient now has leisure time. He can rest when tired and does not feel the need to continue working.
Dosage and side effects
Dr. Kaufman advocated modest quantities of Vitamin B3, about 250 mg per dose. He emphasized that the supplements need to be used 6 to 8 times a day to achieve maximum effectiveness.
Niacinamide could also be used to treat children with ADHD. However, the dosage needs to be carefully considered by both the parent and the doctor.
The only side effect of using Vitamin B3 as ADHD therapy is not taking enough of it.
The sad side of the story
The above case study is very successful in alleviating the symptoms of ADHD. However, we do not know whether the patient got persuaded to continue using the vitamin therapy.
Even sadder is the fact that conventional medicine refuses to acknowledge nutrient deficiency as the primary cause of ADHD, if not the main contributing factor. It goes without saying that it cannot even be thought of as a cure.
Media coverage does not make things better. Such studies never get to see the light of day. The most publicized vitamin therapy trials are usually negative, low-dose, and worthless, rendering even the mere thought of using vitamin therapy for ADHD almost heretic.
The public and even doctors remain unaware of the potential that lies within the use of vitamin therapy to help with ADHD symptoms.
All in all
Dr. Kaufman’s research is not only food for thought, but an area where more studies need to be done to determine the effect of vitamin therapy for ADHD, especially when using Vitamin B-3.