Dallin from the Hardy Nutritionals® science team shares an ADHD research update on Hardy's Daily Essential Nutrients, a clinical micronutrient therapy designed to alleviate mood and mental health symptoms.
In 2019, a study titled "Mineral-Vitamin Treatment Associated with Remission in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms and Related Problems: 1-Year Naturalistic Outcomes of a 10-Week Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial" was published in The Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. This study was a follow-up to the original study which was published in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry in 2017 titled "Vitamin-mineral treatment improves aggression and emotional regulation in children with ADHD: a fully blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled trial".
The vitamin-mineral treatment studied is Daily Essential Nutrients, formulated by Hardy Nutritionals®.
The original trial is a landmark study for ADHD, the first of its kind. The research demonstrated significant improvements in the children's symptoms in both the original study and the one-year follow-up trial. While Daily Essential Nutrients is clinically validated for use across a wide range of mood and mental health disorders for both children and adults, this new research focuses specifically on children with ADHD.
So first of all, what is a Randomized Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial?
A Randomized Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial, or RDBPCT, is "a medical study involving human participants in which neither side knows who's getting what treatment and placebo are given to a control group". Therefore, participants were given either the Daily Essential Nutrients or placebo, without knowing which they were receiving. In addition, the researchers also were "blinded" to which capsules the study participants were getting. However, those who did not receive the micronutrients during the initial 10-week trial period, were able to try the micronutrients for 10-weeks after their placebo trial. At the conclusion of the 20-week period, researchers made a final assessment of each participant and took a look at the data to make some conclusions. One year later, the researchers followed-up again to see what the outcomes were long-term.
Daily Essential Nutrients improved the "inattention" part of ADHD much better than placebo in the study. Children with ADHD often have mood dysregulation problems and researchers measured those outcomes as well, rated by both parents and teachers. Daily Essential Nutrients dramatically improved both inattention/impulsivity and mood control in children with ADHD. "These measures tapped into behaviors such as hot tempers, fights with other children, explosive angry outbursts, moods changing rapidly for no reason."
Twice as many children who received the Daily Essential Nutrients were significantly improved compared to those who received placebo. The researchers found that the children studied were better able to function overall just after 10 weeks of taking the Daily Essential Nutrients micronutrient blend.
About 25% of the children studied continued taking Daily Essential Nutrients for a year. Another 25% of the study participants switched to medications. Nearly half of the study participants discontinued all treatments. At the one-year follow up to the study, the kids who stayed on the Daily Essential Nutrients were doing better on hyperactivity, impulsivity, anxiety, depression and overall functioning. In fact, not only did the children improve in their overall ability to function in the first 10 weeks, but the improvement continued during weeks 11 through 52.
For those who discontinued the micronutrients, researchers wanted to know why they stopped taking Daily Essential Nutrients. Their responses included cost and the amount of pills required daily. However, side effects were not cited. Indeed at a one-year follow-up, those who stayed on the micronutrients did not report any side-effects.
In contrast to medication, the researchers state, "Micronutrient treatments appear to lead to improvements in a number of domains including ADHD symptoms, but also anxiety and mood." The micronutrients provide a broader, more comprehensive effect that leads to great improvements in these kids with ADHD, including better emotional control.
"Children with poor emotional control tend to have poorer long-term outcomes including placing them at risk for future alcohol abuse." Studies have correlated ADHD symptoms in children with increased risk of poor long-term life outcomes. The improvements measured by Daily Essential Nutrients are a powerful side-effect-free way to improve long-term outcomes.
Daily Essential Nutrients worked well for the children studied which bodes well for these children as they navigate life with ADHD.
At Hardy Nutritionals, we are focused on research that proves improved life outcomes. While four capsules with each meal may seem like a lot to swallow, the outcomes prove so successful, thousands of parents are finding relief for their children using Daily Essential Nutrients. Our Product Specialists are available to help you find success as you transition to micronutrients. Call or text us with any questions you might have.