Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements

Certain vitamins, minerals, and fats are essential to optimal brain function. The big ones to keep in mind are folic acid, iron, magnesium, the B vitamins, Vitamin D, and zinc. If the brain needs one of these and its not getting it, it is going to malfunction. And what does malfunctioning look like? Irritable, unable to concentrate, short temper, inattentive, restless, ... sound familiar?

Sometimes we need more nutrition than what our food can provide. Adding vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids to the diet has been shown to improve mental performance/brain function, improve visual acuity, improve mood, decrease antisocial and violent behavior, and significantly improve sleep and GI symptoms (Adams & Holloway, 2004; Haller, 2005; Haskel, et al., 2008; Kaplan, 2007). Supplementation with multivitamins, minerals, and/or fatty acids may be of specific benefit in ADHD and autism spectrum disorders (Dolske, et al., 1993; James, et al., 2009; Meguid, Atta, Gouda, & KHali, 2008; Richardson & Puri, 2002; Ruckledge, 2010; Sinn & Bryan, 2007).

Explore the Micronutrient Information Center at the Linus Pauling Institute (Oregon State University)

Watch a TED Talk on Healing with Vitamins.

Read a report about Vitamin D and brain function.