With an ever-growing interest in alternative treatments for ADHD and autism, the market for such products and services is abundant. And the “natural” products and services available to treat ADHD and autism — in addition to or instead of medication — keep multiplying. Parents are afraid of stimulant medications commonly used to treat ADHD, or they want something that can do an even better job of squelching symptoms.
Let’s look at each of the different types of alternative treatments for ADHD and autism, and then talk about the GIVEAWAY.
Neurofeedback (also called biofeedback) trains the brain to form new neural pathways and connections, which can improve some brain functions. This is a weekly or bi-weekly service you’d likely receive in the therapist’s office, although there are some home systems on the market. It’s much like a computer/video game for the patient, but the feedback the system gets from reading the patient’s brain waves during the game allow it to target specific areas of weakness. The research is mixed on the effectiveness of neurofeedback to treat ADHD, although there are some promising studies and plenty of anecdotal support. This treatment is very expensive and often not covered by insurance.
There’s plenty of research supporting the benefits of exercise on cognitive and emotional function. Exercise is beneficial to everyone, but can be even more impactful for those with ADHD, autism, depression, and other neurological conditions. Studies show that an increase is physical activity correlates to a decrease in ADHD symptoms. Best of all, this alternative treatment is free.
The old adage, “You are what you eat,” has a lot of merit. Or, “Garbage in, garbage out,” comes to mind. Food is fuel for our bodies — the better we fuel up, the better the performance. A healthy lifestyle plays a big role in improving ADHD in general. A low-GI diet — complex carbs balanced with protein and dense in nutrients — is optimal for those with ADHD. It prevents the body from riding a roller coaster of sugar highs and crashes. In addition, food sensitivities and allergies are pretty common in the ADHD and autism populations. Once these are identified and offending foods are removed from the diet, behavior can improve. Mind you, special diets don’t “cure” ADHD, but they can improve it when food sensitivities and allergies are present.
There are several key nutrients and minerals that have been shown to be deficient in those with ADHD and/or autism, or beneficial to supplement: omega-3s, B-vitamins, iron, zinc, vitamin C, and magnesium are the most common. Omega-3s, or fish oil as it’s commonly called, is the most-studied of the common supplements for ADHD, and there’s a lot of research to support that fish oil supplemented in higher quantities can improve ADHD symptoms. So much so that two companies have created fish oil supplements for ADHD in the last few years: Equazen Pro and Vayarin.
And that brings us to…
The makers of Equazen Pro, Everdis Health Science, are giving away a 3-month supply of Equazen Pro to TEN lucky readers. Why a 3-month supply? That’s how long they say it takes to see full benefits from their supplement, formulated to target “omega-3 fatty acid deficiencies and nutritionally support focus and attention in children with ADHD or ADHD-type symptoms.” I’m not going to overload you with the scientific jargon here, but you can read all about how Equazen Pro works on their website, right here.
My son has been taking Equazen Pro for 5-6 months now. Things have definitely improved for him during that time. Of course, I can’t say with certainty that it’s due to this supplement, as we made some other changes at the same time, but we certainly plan to continue with Equazen Pro.
So, let’s get to how you can win a trial of Equazen Pro for your child! Use the Rafflecopter below to enter the contest. The more of the items you complete there, the more entries you get. We will choose 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at 12 noon Eastern. If you win, the product will be shipped directly to you from Everdis.
[NOTE: I was originally given a 3-month supply of Equazen Pro at no cost, to trial with my own son. When I determined that this supplement may be helping his ADHD symptoms, I offered to do this post and giveaway for Everdis. The thoughts and opinions in this post are my own. I am not a physician and this article doesn’t advise you to use this supplement or give it to your child. Always speak to your physician before starting any supplements.]
Author: Penny Williams
Penny Williams guides and mentors parents raising kids with ADHD and/or autism. She’s the parent of a son with ADHD and autism, and the author of three award-winning books on parenting kids with ADHD: Boy Without Instructions, What to Expect When Parenting Children with ADHD, and The Insider’s Guide to ADHD Penny is the current editor of ParentingADHDandAutism.com, Founder and Instructor for The Parenting ADHD & Autism Academy, and a frequent contributor on parenting and children with ADHD for ADDitude Magazine and other parenting and special needs publications.