OHSU scientists study whether micronutrients improve ADHD symptoms

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PORTLAND, Ore. – An OHSU psychologist has won a grant to help study a potential natural treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Dr. Jeanette Johnstone will lead the 8-week study on how micronutrients might help treat the disorder.

The nutrients are essentially a multi-vitamin.

One hypothesis the scientists hope to study is whether a lack of vitamins could worsen mental health issues. And if so, whether extra nutrients could help.

They’ve already done trials that Johnstone said were promising.

“What we found is in adults and children with ADHD who took the multi-vitamin mineral product, ADHD symptoms improved,” she said. “In the children, it was the anger, irritability and aggressive behaviors that were notable improved.

Johnstone said the preliminary trials also suggested the multivitamin may have little to no side effects.

The current method of treatment for ADHD known as stimulant medicine does have side effects.

Johnstone hopes to begin testing at the beginning of the year.

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