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ADHD Update

Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may benefit from supplementation of phosphatidylserine (PS). A study, found in Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, gave 36 children between the ages of 4 and 14 a daily dose of 200 mg PS for two months with impressive results. Researchers found that PS supplementation, even during this short period of time, produced significant improvements in the reduction of ADHD, AD, HD, short-term auditory memory, inattention and impulsivity.

One reason why may be children with these neurological conditions are known to not be getting enough brain nourishment: “Phospholipid deficiencies are linked to impairments in neuronal structure and function, especially during early development. Dietary deficiency in essential fatty acids and phospholipids during childhood may increase the risk of developing ADHD-type symptoms,” they said. Researchers added that, “correcting underlying imbalances through PS supplementation may be an important treatment strategy in cases where deficiency exists.”

PS supplementation, omega-3 fatty acids & green tea extract are my recommendations for ADHD.

Hirayama, et al. (2013). The effect of phosphatidylserine administration on memory and symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. 

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ADHD

There has been a lot in the news about ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) this week. The statistics are that in the US, 4% of children aged 4 to 8 and 9.7% of children aged 9 to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD. That translates to around 4.5 million young people who have trouble paying attention and finishing tasks. In classrooms and at home ADHD behavior can appear rude, obnoxious, and disruptive because these children have trouble controlling impulsive behaviors.

In my experience, I have found when parents chose healthy nutritious foods for these kids, they notice a difference in reducing the number of behavioral problems and improving academic performance. Diet changes include, drinking juice diluted with water, eliminating sodas, candy, pizza, burgers, tacos and fries foods. Instead of eating lots of processed foods with excess carbohydrates, fresh fruits and vegetables, more protein dishes, and entrees free of chemicals and additives can be offered. The changes can be dramatic.

Parents have shared that their kids appear more calm and well-behaved and discipline problems are less after about 3-4 weeks of being on a low carb diet. I also recommend that parents give there kids L-theanine (I use a supplement called Celepro from Metagenics) which is a natural substance found in green tea. This helps kids focus and therefore concentration to study is improved.

The traditional medical treatment for ADHD has been medication. In fact, at least half of these children are taking powerful psycho-stimulant drugs like Adderall or Ritalin to control their symptoms. While these synthetic chemicals are effective at controlling hyperactive and aggressive behavior, there is often side effects that come from these drugs, including dizziness, insomnia, confusion, and an irregular heart beat.

What if these kids are off balance because there body is getting a toxin load from chemicals and processed foods, too much sugar, and dangerous additives that affect neurochemistry? Doesn’t it make sense to try a healthy food plan!

Adderall is a cocktail of four different amphetamines. High-dosage and long term use have been linked to erectile problems and other sexual dysfunctions. Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a central nervous system stimulant.

Let’s continue to pay more attention to nutrition as the first line of therapy. Start making better dietary changes at home. Stop buying junk food and spend the money on organic produce and grass-fed meats.
References
http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/index.html
http://www.adderall.net/.
http://www.drugs.com/sfx/ritalin-side-effects.html.
http://www.feingold.org/Bluebook/page-09-wisconsin.pdf.
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/AmericanFamily/Story?id=125404&page=1.

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