A Mother's Journey Blog

What Antioxidants Help With ADHD?

I am looking at some natural foods that can provide more antioxidants for my nephew who has ADHD.

Have you ever looked at XOCAI? If so, I was hoping you could share what you know.

Thank you!



Hi Rick,

As a matter of fact yes I know about XOCAL. Great product and expensive. We had wonderful results on this product but after a few months I switched to raw organic cacao powder that I purchase on Amazon.com. It’s pretty much the same thing except you need a higher serving size of the powder. I made shakes, smoothies, raw energy bars, crackers, and desserts with this powder. Soooo delicious!!! I always add a natural sweetener (Stevia) vs sugar in my recipes too. Although if I had to pick between the two, XOCAL is the better product.

As far as antioxidants, look to alpha lipoic acid  a water soluble super unversial antioxidant), green tea ( powerful antioxidant, great for calming, helps with concentration, and elevates alpha waves), and the Mack daddy of all antioxidants- glutathione (usually found in avocados and asparagus). You could also opt for super foods such as chia seeds, salba, algae (spriulla and chlorella), and fruit extracts from either Noni, mangosteen, and acai which are all high in many different super antioxidants. Also Biometics Cell Care is wonderful product too. It not only has super antioxidants but it also contains  Co Q10. Biometics Bio Nite is also a super antioxidant.

Eating foods with antioxidants is a great starting point. But you would need like 10-20 servings of veggies or fruits versus taking an antioxidant supplement or extract. I’m not saying do not eat your veggies and to only take supplements, I’m saying that you should do both. They each have their benefits. Eating veggies and whole food will help with ph balance and fiber content. And supplements will help you obtain optimal results which is a requirement since ADHD are so deficient in their b vitamins, minerals, and neurotransmitters.

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers

When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.


My Son Who Has ADHD Becomes Violent, Depressed, & Has Anger Problems; Any Advice?
Q: My son has been diagnosed with AD/HD about 5 years ago.  As he has gotten older everything they put him on had a side effect.  And we have had to put him on more meds just to counter react the effects of the other drugs.  He has become violent, depressed and has a sever anger problem.  We said enough no more! We want our son back.  Any advice?
A: Your son sounds like our son many years ago minus the anger issues. When a parent tells me their ADD/ADHD child can instantly become angry or aggressive with them or other children, I will often ask them if they have had their child’s cortisol level checked. Every time you are stressed, cortisol (stress hormone that’s released by your adrenal glands) is dumped into your body. Over a long period of time stress can destroy nerve connections and neurons affecting short-term memory. ADD/ADHD have a high level of frustration because of the constant stress they are put under. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, stress and depression are closely linked. Stress doesn’t just affect your mind psychologically but your body as well. In The Journal of Autisms and Developmental Disorders say that ADHD children have abnormal levels of cortisol. High amounts of cortisol can cause problems in metabolizing carbohydrates, protein, and fats affecting their ability to concentrate. And Yale researchers have confirmed that children with ADD have a problem in metabolizing glucose. In my opinion, if my child was constantly stressed, easily angered, or depressed I would so have his cortisol level tested by salivary hormone analysis done by a doctor or on-line.. There are many 100% herbal formulas that come in capsules or liquid form that you can take with juice that will help balance healthy cortisol hormone levels. Plus adaptogenic herbs such as ginseng, ginkgo boloba, or rhodiola (which is our favorite) will also naturally help with stress. Biometics AM/PM program will also help with balancing his cortisol levels too. You will need to contract Rae Ann if you any questions about prices or programs for Biometics hayneskr@cox.net. She has had adrenal and cortisol issues that she currently balances with natural remedies and vitamin supplements. And her son has ADD and is med free.
Second, try to keep in mind that a child’s liver, especially when their organs have not properly developed, is not meant to filter an addictive control substance long term. And I do not care if a doctor says differently! I had my son on meds for 2 1/2 yrs. I KNOW personally most of the side effects that are associated with ADHD meds. The longer a child stays on those meds, the worst the side effects become and more meds are called in to neutralize side effects from the previous medications. And before long, you have a young child on 3-5 different meds. Plus these meds throw the body and brain chemistry totally off balance!!! I would go through the 6 steps I listed on my Natural Remedies page. You don’t have to do them all at once or in the same order. It is there as a guide to give you a starting point. The goal is to remove the toxin burden and maximize their nutrient intake (such as high quality vitamin supplements). It will take some time to get your child’s chemistry back in check. Do not give up! I’m here as living proof that you CAN manage ADHD without medication….but it will take commitment and consistency on your part.
P.S Aggresive behavior is a warning sign that indicates low serotonin production in the brain.
Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers
When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.