Green tea has attracted a great deal of attention recently for the possible effects it may have on ADHD & ADD.
Parents with children who have ADHD have discovered that green tea does have a calming effect on the child, reducing fidgeting, restlessness and hyperactivity.
The flavonols contained in green tea mean it is also a powerful antioxidant and is known for its anti aging effects. In addition to this, it can be used as a protective shield for a range of chronic conditions.
One of the reasons neurologists started to study the effects of green tea in relation to various physical conditions is the fact that it has been shown to assist in improving brain function. This means that it can help a child with ADHD to focus better, and to concentrate for a longer period of time.
It is widely known that the medications used for ADHD to calm children down produce side effects that are counter-productive. One of the most serious of these side effects is the tendency of the child to crash once the medication has worn off. In addition to the short term side effects, there is also the concern that the child’s body will build up a tolerance for the medication, resulting in it no longer having an effect after two to three years, and a new medication being necessary.
In contrast to this, L-theanine, an amino acid found in green tea has a similar effect to the medications, but without the side effects. It does not result in “crashing” or drowsiness, and its effects are more consistent over all. This means peace of mind for parents who are torn between helping their child with medication and protecting them from harmful side effects.
Studies have shown that L-theanine can be very effective in treating the symptoms of hyperactive ADHD. In one study, a group of children who were given a daily dose of a supplement form of L-theanine showed significant improvement compared to a control placebo group.
The results of this study showed that the children who had been taking the L-theanine supplement for a month were sleeping better, were able to pay attention more effectively and for longer, and showed better cognitive function. Caffeine has been found to have a similar effect in some children; however, caffeine comes with its own side effects – increasing anxiety. L-theanine does not cause anxiety.
Using green tea for ADHD can help to create a calming effect in a hyperactive child, and can help the child to focus better. While green tea contains some L-theanine, it is not concentrated. In addition to this, the taste of green tea does not appeal to many children.
The green tea found in the Far East contains a higher concentration of L-theanine than the green tea available in this country. For this reason, it may be more effective to use a supplement instead. This will also mean not having to convince the child to drink a beverage they don’t like the taste of.
It is important to remember that effective management of ADHD requires a balanced program of treatment, including alternative medication and behavior modification. Drinking green tea will not result in any child knowing the different between unacceptable and good behavior.
When used as an additional tool in combination with other forms of treatment, green tea can help to improve a hyperactive child’s quality of life. Using green tea or an L-theamine supplement can make a difference to how your child feels and responds to life.
Giving your child the best start in life means considering safer and more natural treatments than the options of drugs.
According to experts, using a natural, alternative treatment for ADHD, combined with behavior modification techniques is the safest and most effective option for treating the condition.