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Vitamins for hyperactive mind?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 06, 2011 at 4:47 AM

This isn't me. I am speaking on behalf of a friend. She has a hyperactive mind, always scattered brain and can't focus on one subject at a time. Is she autistic or just ADHD? Also, what are your recommendations for vitamins, supplements and food to calm her brain down and let her focus? Last question, what are foods that she shouldn't eat that can trigger the madness? P.S. Is soy bad? 'Coz someone said it's bad and i beg to differ. So what is your take in all this? Thanks in advance for your answers.

In addition to that, when she's had coffee or energy drink it messes with her brain and causes her to be like a chimpanzee on valium. She laughs and then she cries. It's really bothersome. On a good day though, she can function normally and is more or less calm. Why is that?

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on November 24, 2011
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Out of curiosity who in the paleo community thinks soy (not fermented) is a good idea?

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on November 06, 2011
at 05:54 PM

What makes you think she's autistic, when symptoms of autism are often opposites of ADHD's? You do realize that excess caffeine will make even normal people wired?

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on November 06, 2011
at 05:08 AM

thanks for the detailed answer. i'll tell her.

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on November 06, 2011
at 05:05 AM

Excess sugar is the #1 cause of a hyperactive mind. It causes chronically elevated cortisol levels, among many other problems, which will give you that scattered brain feeling. So cutting back on the sugar will help a lot. L-theanine, tryptophan, magnesium, and omega 3s are all good for calming you down and reducing anxiety. Soy is bad unless it's fermented, which is how all the cultures around the world eat it. It has many known antigens and is phytoestrogenic. Caffeine increases cortisol levels and catecholamines in addition to depleting certain nutrients your body needs that prevent you from feeling like a chimp on valium. For people who are already low in magnesium, gaba, and have a high omega 6/3 ratio, this can cause hyperactivity and mood swings. Good luck and I hope you find the peace of mind you seek.

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on November 06, 2011
at 05:08 AM

thanks for the detailed answer. i'll tell her.

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on November 06, 2011
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Something like the Whole30 challenge or any low-to-moderate carb menu for a month or so should let you see if food intolerance or digestive problems are part of her problem.

Soy is not considered paleo if incorrectly processed (not fermented,) particularly soybean oil. Here's an article from Paleo Diet Lifestyle that's fairly typical. As with everything else, opinions about soy are not unanimous within the community.

Sleep and diet have definite connections to focus and concentration. However, it's also possible or likely that there could be permanent brain chemistry/health issues that won't respond.

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on November 24, 2011
at 05:06 AM

Out of curiosity who in the paleo community thinks soy (not fermented) is a good idea?

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on November 24, 2011
at 04:51 AM

It sounds more like ADHD (but that's up to a professional to determine in person).

There are some supplements that do a good job and work rather quickly (possibly within a week). Calcium, with magnesium and vitamins D & C can help, also the omegas, preferably in a powder. I have personally seen CalMax, NutraCal, or I Need To Focus (from Solomon & Samson) work well and fast for kids (and adults) who couldn't focus too well.

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on November 06, 2011
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Soy is bad for you.

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on November 24, 2011
at 10:56 PM

Your friend should try the amino acid L-tyrosine, taken between meals/empty stomach. Also, there is a pure EPA fish oil made in South Africa, but available in the U.S., that was developed specifically for ADD./ADHD.

Dr. Dan Amen's book, Healing ADD, is a worthwhile read. If possible, try to determine the type of ADD, which can help guide which supplements are worth trying.

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