Proper nutrients improve brain function of kids with ADHD

ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a brain condition marked by a pattern of inattention, hyperactivity or impulsivity that interferes with function or development. Studies show that proper nutrients can improve the brain function of children with ADHD.

Speaking before a forum organized by USANA, pediatrician Dra. Rio Rita Crisostomo-Santiago discussed the importance of nutrients in helping children achieve optimum health.

Obesity is a major problem worldwide,” she said “and it is primarily caused by sugar, the main ingredient in everything we love – fast food, soft drink and junk food.”

Doc Rio and Gen Blasurca (3) (1)Corporate Pharmacist Gen Blasurca with pediatrician Dra. Rio Rita Crisostomo-Santiago


Parents often think that as long as their children are active, they are healthy. Dr. Santiago emphasized “even if you encourage your children to be active as long as you keep on giving them junk food, they will not lose weight.”

Like adults, children need to stay active and eat right. However, today’s fast paced lifestyle prohibits busy moms from preparing well-balanced meals for their family. Most mothers rely on the convenient alternative – processed food.

To stay healthy children need the right amount of carbohydrates, fats and protein for energy and body-building. Micronutrients are also essential to support physical and mental development, as well as their accelerated growth during their teen years. Lack of micronutrients like iodine, vitamin A or iron, may result in underdevelopment, poor performance in school and inability to cope with stress.


Usanimals is a daily multivitamin for children ages 2 to 12. It contains 23 essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for healthy growth, immune functions, high energy and bone support. With quality antioxidants, it also contains vital micronutrients like Vitamins A/ C. E and zinc to boost immunity: B6, B12, folate and choline for healthy brain function: calcium, magnesium and vitamin D for strong bones and teeth; and iron, thiamine and B12 for energy. It also contains calcium pantothenate, biotin, inositol, antioxidant phytonutrient complex (blackberry, raspberry, cranberry, blueberry fruit powder) selenium, copper, manganese, chromium molybdenum.

Usanimals is also free from artificial flavors and sweeteners.

Dr. Santiago shared that she prescribed Usanimals together with another supplement —  Bio Omega Jr. to her patient with ADHD. Biomega Jr. is fortified with Omega 3 fatty acids and DHA.

“After after a few weeks, the mother told me that according to her child’s SPED teacher, there is a major improvement in her child’s ability to focus,” the pediatrician reported. A recent study confirms a link between Omega 3 supplements and better brain function.

Dr. Santiago advises parents to ask their pediatrician about Omega 3 and other nutrients that can enhance their child’s ADHD management regimen.

Usanimals and Bio Omega Jr. are cellular nutritional products under Usana, high quality supplements that focus on feeding the cells of the body.The science-based company was founded by Myron Wentz, Phd.

All Usana products are manufactured at the company’s Salt Lake City, Utah facility which strictly complies with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) requirements set by NSF/ANSI Standard 173-2012, Dietary Supplements by NSF International, and it also became a registered U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Drug Establishment in 2011.

Usana is not endorsed by any celebrity, yet it is trusted by more 2000+ world class athletes including the United States Snowboarding Association and the Women’s Tennis Association. The products are available worldwide through independent agents.


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