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’.”
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. NPA launched a certification for home care products in 2010.
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. Certified products are said to appear in more than 85,000 stores nationwide. More than 1,100 products and ingredients have been certified.
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. NPA responded by saying, “A second seal with different standards does no service to natural products customers, retailers, or manufacturers.” 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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