Vitamin D for ADHD? — ADHD Tip O the Day 866

From the National Institutes of Health:

“The diagnosis of vitamin D deficiency was significantly greater in children with ADHD compared with the control group ( P < 0.05). Children with ADHD had significantly ( P = 0.0009) lower values of serum vitamin D (17.23 ± 8.98) than the control group(31.47 ± 14.42). The group receiving vitamin D supplementation demonstrated improvement in cognitive function in the conceptual level, inattention, opposition, hyperactivity, and impulsivity domains.


Vitamin D supplementation in children with ADHD may improve cognitive function.”

My Comments:

I think this is important information. I’m not sure what it means. 

Vitamin D improves ADHD symptoms? Low vitamin D symptoms mimic ADHD?

I think everyone in New Mexico should be taking vitamin D; statistics show that we tend to be low, especially if we have dark skin.  A blood level test cost $65. You can buy a lot of vitamin D for $65.

I emphasize to patients that they won’t notice a difference when they start taking D but it will very gradually improve their health and functioning in many areas.

Recent studies show that if we have a halfway decent diet, we don’t need to take vitamins, that they are a waste of money. I am not entirely convinced. Especially if we are older. And especially vitamin D. But of course, studies  also show that a lot of the supplements we buy are fake.

It is a puzzlement.

I take vitamin D and a multivitamin. Not too expensive and presumably couldn’t hurt.  If not overdone.


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I don’t know if this link will work.  Seems worth a try.

Lots about Vitamin D:2019

Lots about ADHD


Vitamin and Other Supplements: Caution

Vitamin D Does Help ADHD

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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