While ADHD is commonly considered a juvenile condition, statistics seem to show that 5% of adults experience the effects of this cognitive impairing condition.1
What is Adderall?
Adderall (d-amphetamine) is one of the most commonly prescribed medical treatments to address the condition. Adderall increases focus and concentration by stimulating the activities of the brain. As yet, Adderall is considered the most effective treatment for the condition of ADHD.
Adderall Side Effects
Nevertheless, there are some reasons that this treatment option could be undesirable. As a potent synthetic medication, Adderall is associated with the usual list of side effects and precautions. Some of the most common side effects of Adderall use include:
Furthermore, there is the risk of becoming dependent on the brain-boosting effects of Adderall for simple functionality. Many health enthusiasts are interested in natural alternatives to Adderall to minimize side effects while still increasing attention capacity and reducing impulsiveness.
In the following nootropics report, we will take a look at some all-natural treatments for addressing ADHD and other related symptoms of this condition. Some of these may seem slightly less effective than a potent pharmaceutical drug, but they can still provide effective relief and also have a low associated risk.
7 Natural Alternatives to Adderall
Omega-3/Omega-6 Fatty Acids
Evidence suggests that the best way to treat the symptoms of ADHD is, to begin with a healthy balanced diet that promotes a versatile brain with optimal function. Part of a brain-healthy diet that can counter the effects of ADHD includes plenty of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. One important omega-3 fatty acid is docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which is required for building and repairing the brain and regenerating healthy skin.2
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Studies have found that proper supplementation of these important nutrients can help to control the symptoms of ADHD. Alternatively, one can incorporate omega fatty acids by eating fatty fish like salmon, sardines, and cod. The key here will be to include more of these foods in the regular diet to control symptoms in the long term.3
Caffeine is the most popular over the counter stimulant and works similar to Adderall. Coffee or black tea could be an effective treatment for reducing impulsiveness and improving concentration. Caffeine stimulates dopaminergic action which is important to improving the motivation required for focus. Caffeine is a vasodilator, which relaxes and widens blood vessels to improve blood flow. This allows for improved brain circulation which may help to reduce the peripheral activities of the brain and improve concentration.4
However, caffeine is notorious for preventing sleep and can cause insomnia, which could potentially aggravate the symptoms of ADHD. Restricting caffeine intake to the early morning would be the best course of action.5
Bacopa has been used since the times of Ayurvedic medicine to treat cognitive conditions and seizures associated with epilepsy. Modern medical science has recognized the potential of herbal nootropics to improve cognitive function in a variety of ways, including countering the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. This includes improving cognition and the speed of attention. This could be one of the most potent natural alternatives to Adderall.
Studies have shown that the cognitive enhancement from bacopa is a potential treatment for the inattentiveness and hyperactivity of ADHD. Bacopa has been considered the most effective herbal nootropic available and is found in many cognitive boosting products.6
Magnesium is the fourth most common mineral found in the human body and an essential ingredient to a sharp mind. One of the side-effects of a magnesium deficiency is hyperactivity. This could be one of the underlying causes of ADHD.7
In one study that lasted 30 months, a supplement containing magnesium and vitamin B6 was provided to a test group of 40 children with ADHD. This treatment worked to reduce the effects of the condition throughout the study. Researchers noticed that low levels of magnesium were associated with irritability, sleep disturbances, and poor attention.8
Yoga or Tai Chi
Another effective way to control the confusion and inattentiveness of ADHD is by engaging the mind through physical exercise. The principles of yoga are centered on creating a strong connection between the mind and the body. Breathing is the interface connecting these two which can serve as a helpful soothing technique.9
Another great form of exercise that could be an effective form of ADHD treatment is the ancient martial art of tai chi. Much like yoga, the art of tai chi is geared toward cultivating energy through slow deliberate movements with a focus on breathing.10
Meditation is a treatment that is potentially more effective than medication and won’t cost a penny. Furthermore, meditation can be practiced anywhere at any time to banish the confusion and anxieties of the mind and it can address many symptoms of ADHD.
Meditation is an art, science, and a mental-discipline that allows the individual a greater understanding of their mind and how to have control over it. In one study, meditation was found to be effective for minimizing anxiety, impulsiveness, confusion, and stress of people with ADHD.11 As the meditator becomes more proficient, the effects of meditation become more profound.
Hyperactivity is often the result of having an excessive amount of energy but not being able to release it in a natural way. Sometimes the best result can be to take a jog around the block to release the pent up energy and return to work or school when the mind is better able to focus.
As part of a plan to minimize hyperactivity and other symptoms of ADHD, regular exercise is as essential as proper sleeping habits.12 The best solution is the form of exercise that is most appealing. Swimming, biking, playing soccer, or whatever suits you most. Simply get out and use up your pent up energy regularly.
Final Thoughts on Natural Alternatives
The best way to apply the information recorded here is as part of a much larger plan for cognitive improvement. By supporting lifestyle changes with a brain-healthy diet, the conditions of ADHD can be greatly reduced in the long term.
After this, more potent treatments like caffeine, l-theanine, or bacopa can be applied to improving concentration and focus in the moment. Top this off with regular meditation and you are sure to find relief every bit as effective as you can expect from Adderall.
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