The nutritional therapy of ADS

Synonyms in a broader sense

, Hans-guck-in-die-Luftt, ADS, Attention Deficit Syndrome, ADD, Attention – Deficit – Disorder, Psychoorganic Syndrome (POS), minimal brain syndrome, behavioral disorder with attention and concentration disorder, attention deficit disorder. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Syndrome, Fidgety Philip Syndrome, Fidgety Philip, Psychoorganic Syndrome (POS), Hyperkinetic Syndrome (HKS), ADHD Fidgety Phil, ADHD.


Children who suffer from an attention deficit can appear in two different behavioural variants, one with hyperactivity, then we speak of ADHD, the other without hyperactivity, then we speak of ADD. In addition, there is a variant whose symptoms are composed of ADHD and ADD, the so-called mixed type. Problematic are not only the lack of concentration but also the accompanying symptoms that can be caused by the attention deficit.

In addition to far-reaching consequences and burdens on the domestic situation and ultimately the family, ADHD children also often suffer from declining academic performance. It is not uncommon to find a dyscalculia and / or reading and spelling weakness. It should not be forgotten that ADS children do not necessarily have weaker performance.

Within the framework of the diagnosis, children with above average intelligence are also diagnosed. Because of the way they behave towards the outside world, it is often very difficult to identify giftedness. Nutrition therapy – What is it?

As a component of classical naturopathy, nutritional therapy assumes that all substances that we ingest during the course of a day have a specific effect on our body. In principle, this involves a balanced, healthy, but also tasty diet, in which plant foods are an important component. Depending on the clinical picture, the diet is then supplemented with specific food supplements or changed.

As a form of therapy that should be individually tailored, it belongs in experienced hands! Whether and to what extent nutrition therapy can be effective in the case of attention deficit syndrome is not uniformly assessed. Some extreme forms (see below) have been proven to be ineffective or even negative.

One must always be warned against an unbalanced diet and too many food supplements. Do not try to implement any advertised form of therapy at this level yourself. Consult a doctor of your choice or a nutritional therapist.

Nutrient therapy (orthomolecular medicine, orthomolecular therapy)

Nutrient therapy also assumes an imbalance of messenger substances in the brain. In addition, specific research has shown that, in addition to the imbalance of messenger substances, a nutrient deficit can also be detected in an over-dimensional way. As a result, there is a lack of certain fatty acids (omega 3) and minerals, which should be compensated for by means of a targeted diet and food supplements (zinc, vitamin E, magnesium).

However, it is not enough to “instill” these supplements in every child with attention deficit disorder. In combination with other forms of therapy, parents often report the success of nutrient therapy. Especially an improvement of the mood swings in ADHD children, but also a reduction of the aggressive behaviour in ADHD children is mentioned.