Vitamin D for ADHD????— ADD Tip O the Day 716

I intended this post to be about vitamin D, but I have ADD ADHD, so here:

I’m not a big fan of “natural” treatments for ADHD.  There is little evidence to support using most of them and some evidence against using some of them. Some of them are dangerous. Studies show that when you buy them, you can’t know what you’re getting because they’re manufactured without any regulation. Some of them don’t contain any of what they’re labeled and some of them contain toxic substances.


However, I am a big fan of some “vitamins”, although you also need to be careful about what you’re buying.

I’ve been enjoying some time in Montana. If you’re a Montana native,  if you’re outside in the winter, you’re bundled up.  Besides, it’s usually cloudy.   You’re getting no sun.  You are probably vitamin D deficient.

  • “Vitamin D deficiency is prevalent in adults of all ages who always wear sun protection  (which blocks vitamin D production) or limit their outdoor activities (or live in Montana)
  • Researchers estimate that 50 percent of the general population is at risk of vitamin D  deficiency and insufficiency, and this percentage rises in higher-risk populations such as the elderly and those with darker skin (and those in Montana).
  • Signs you may have a vitamin D deficiency include age over 50, having darker skin,  obesity, achy bones, feeling blue, heavy sweating, and gut trouble
  • Increasing levels of vitamin D3 among the general population could prevent chronic  diseases that claim nearly one million lives throughout the world each year
  • Optimizing your vitamin D levels may help you prevent cancer, heart disease,  autoimmune diseases, infections, mental health conditions, and more.”

So, relevant to ADD ADHD, low D contributes to depression, wherever you live.

Certification of “natural” products

“Unlike the National Organic Program in the United States, there is no legal definition of the word “natural” for food and consumer products. The Food and Drug Administration continues to follow the policy it set in 1993: “FDA has not established a formal definition for the term ‘natural’, however the agency has not objected to the use of the term on food labels provided it is used in a manner that is truthful and not misleading and the product does not contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances. Use of the term ‘natural’ is not permitted in the ingredient list, with the exception of the phrase ‘natural flavorings’.”[1]

Many manufacturers are looking for standards and certification to support their natural claims, especially as natural and organic products are expected to achieve 10 percent market share in many product categories. The Natural Seal, launched by the Natural Products Association in 2008, is the most widely used natural certification for personal care products.[4] NPA launched a certification for home care products in 2010.[5]

The Natural Seal is described as the first and only natural certification in the U.S. Products certified by NPA must be at least 95 percent natural ingredients or ingredients from natural sources, excluding water. NPA-certified products use natural ingredients, avoid ingredients with health risks, don’t use animal testing, and include biodegradable or recycled material in the packaging. Products must list all ingredients on the package label. NPA also requires 100 percent natural fragrances and colorants.[6] Certified products are said to appear in more than 85,000 stores nationwide. More than 1,100 products and ingredients have been certified.[7]

In 2011, NSF International, a global public health and safety organization, and NATURE, the International Natural and Organic Cosmetics Association, announced a partnership to develop another standard for natural personal care products. “There is currently no regulatory, nor a globally recognized, definition for the term ‘natural. The new NSF/NATRUE standard will define the use of the term ‘natural,helping to promote authentic and quality natural personal care products,” said NSF International.[8] NPA responded by saying, “A second seal with different standards does no service to natural products customers, retailers, or manufacturers.”[9]     Wikipedia


I’m providing  useful information based on facts and scientific research.  What will the effect be on those people who say they only want to take natural products?

How about, “none, nil, nada, nothing.”  Or maybe, ” Zilch?”   Wanna bet?


OK, I’ve used up my space and still want to say more about vitamins.  Maybe next time.


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Sometimes with ADD ADHD we blurt out things, or even post things, that may be just a teensy weensy tiny bit over top? Is that why we’re so much fun?


the importance of vitamin D

What’s in this stuff?

Made in China

Signs of D deficiency

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About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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11 Responses to Vitamin D for ADHD????— ADD Tip O the Day 716

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  3. Scott says:

    Hi Doug,
    Nice post, although I reacted immediately to your statement about not liking “natural” treatments for ADHD because I consider exercise to be a natural treatment and it works wonders for me. Then I saw you meant supplements labelled as “natural”… My Doctor has me taking vitamin D supplements from October through May each year. I don’t notice a difference as much as I notice from taking Omega 3s. (Fish Oil) That makes a big difference on depression.
    Things seem to be going pretty good in the management of ADD and depression lately for me. Regular exercise and some other things like writing a small commitment in my journal each night that I know I can accomplish and then holding myself to it to try to build integrity has helped a lot. The commitment thing emphasizes small things and a sort of don’t break the chain mentality of making sure I do it no matter what, but also being brutally honest about making it something I can easily do, even with life’s events. Sometimes that means making a very small commitment. I try to make it something that has the potential to send the day in a good direction though. Butterfly wings flapping on the other side of the world effecting the weather sorts of small things sometimes.

    Thanks for doing this blog and your books!

    All the best,


  4. holdthatthought says:

    neat write-up on vitamin D. if last year’s physical/blood panel is accurate, i’m VERY deficient. working in an old hospital without windows doesnt afford me many opportunities to get out in the sun.

    apparently one of the side effects of vitamin D deficiency is feeling tired all the time. i used to think that it was the meds causing that? maybe! or it could be both.

    i read a fascinating article suggesting that dietary supplements aren’t very useful (for the reasons mentioned in your article above).

    i used to take a multi-vitamin but after i ran out i didn’t buy anymore since reading that article.

    uggghhh so much contradictory information! what’s one to do?

    anyway, gotta to get back to work now! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • The Bully says:

      hold – exactly! but in spite of all this info, i do take a number of supplements. i think some help and some at least won’t hurt.
      maybe the D would help you?
      thanks for your comments and research


  5. rammkatze says:

    Good one, Doug. I have cobsidered tryibg vitamin D suplements, but I hardly believe I need it. I don’t use sunscreen and Iget enough exposure to the sun – being restless, uf I miss a bus, I’ll walk through enough stops until I don’t need to wait more than 5 minutes for the next one! 😉 if it’s a nice day and I’m not loaded with groceries, I’ll even walk the 40 minutes home!

    Though reasonable, I was skeptical about at least one of the 10 sypmtoms listed in the first oft your links: lack of Vitamin D causing depression. Though the article itself states that it’s not yet explained, it IS well explained why lack of sunlight causes depression – and since Vitamin D requires sunlight to be properly synthetised, it’s only a fair assumption that a Person that is depressed is more likely to have a Vitamin D deficiency, no? I still wonder: cause or correlation?

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    • holdthatthought says:

      i suspect that it could actually be a cause. what makes me thing that is a condition known as Seasonal Affect Disorder, or SAD (appropriate acronym). basically in the winter people that normally aren’t depressed become depressed because of decreased exposure to the sun (or vitamin D?). there are special lamps that emulate sunlight, those seem to really help people out.

      what would be interesting: a study that measures vitamin D in people afflicted with SAD during the summer and winter months

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    • The Bully says:

      ram – good thinking. i dont know if low D causes depression or maybe just contributes?
      sounds like you’re doing some good things for yourself. i do think getting outdoors helps ADHD.
      thank you for contributing


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