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ADHD and Iron Supplements: What you Should Know

Many may not be aware that iron deficiency correlates with ADHD, and a simple iron supplement could be helpful.

Iron plays a key role in your brain’s output of dopamine, which is the same hormone that prescription ADHD medications are stimulating.

According to an article titled, “ADHD & Iron: Can Nutritional Supplements Improve Symptoms?” published by ADDitude Mag, “A 2004 study, published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, found that 84 percent of children with ADHD had significantly lower levels of iron, compared with 18 percent of kids without ADHD.”

The lower the levels of ferritin — a protein found inside cells that store iron — the more severe the symptoms. A small study, published this year in Pediatric Neurology, showed that symptoms improved when iron-deficient children with ADHD took an iron supplement.”

getthhingsdoneYou can request a test from your doctor to assess levels of ferritin. This is important, as getting too much iron by randomly taking an iron supplement is not necessarily safe.

If you have found your family dealing with a situation such as Attention Deficit Disorder and are unsure what step to take, talk to your doctor about testing and supplement iron. You may not need to incorporate prescription medications at all.


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ADHD and Iron Supplements: What you Should Know

Mike Bundrant

Mike Bundrant is the author of Your Achilles Eel: Discover and Overcome the Hidden Cause of Negative Emotions, Bad Decisions and Self-Sabotage and co-founder at The iNLP Center which offers online certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and life coaching.

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APA Reference
Bundrant, M. (2016). ADHD and Iron Supplements: What you Should Know. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 18, 2018, from


Last updated: 3 Aug 2016
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 3 Aug 2016
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