One year after the original trial, a follow-up trial has just been published examining the long-term effects of Daily Essential Nutrients, a specialized micronutrient formulation, on children with ADHD.
The original study, a randomized placebo-controlled trial, supported the use of Daily Essential Nutrients to alleviate attention-deficit/hyperactivity symptoms in children. Assessments included measures of ADHD, mood, anxiety, and general function based on parent/clinician report.
Now, one year later, the children who benefited from micronutrients in the short term maintained the positive outcomes long-term at follow-up, without side-effects. Those who continued the micronutrients showed improved ADHD and anxiety symptoms and more stabilized mood.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic condition affecting millions of adults and children worldwide. ADHD impacts mood, behavior, and social skills (Barkley 1997; Willcutt et al. 2005).
Pharmaceutical treatments are typically stimulant or amphetamine-based medications, which can be effective for many children with ADHD in the short term. However, long-term studies of ADHD meds have shown that they do not result in the elimination of ADHD symptoms or improved academic performance (Advokat 2010; Currie et al. 2014; Storebo et al. 2015).
Furthermore, some children do not respond well to medications or are unable to handle the side-effects.
The theory that supplementing with clinical levels of micronutrients for mood and mental health is not new; in fact, this study is one of over 30. However this is the first one-year follow up study after a double blind placebo controlled trial proving a specific micronutrient formulation is safe and effective for the treatment of ADHD in children--without any side-effects.
Daily Essential Nutrients is increasingly becoming a front-line form of treatment for psychiatric symptoms in both children and adults due to the growing number of research studies supporting this complex vitamin-mineral formulation. The micronutrients found in Daily Essential Nutrients include every nutrient science has shown to be essential for the human body to function optimally, in a highly absorbable and balanced format.
Those who stayed on the micronutrients (Daily Essential Nutrients) for one year after the initial study have found relief from their ADHD symptoms. "...As a group, their symptoms have reduced into the normal nonclinical range with no concerning long term side effects," write the researchers.
In conclusion, "Micronutrient treatment is worthy of consideration as a first step in the treatment of children with ADHD symptoms."
Daily Essential Nutrients, the formulation examined in this and several other studies for ADHD and other mood and mental health disorders, is available without a prescription from Hardy Nutritionals®.