Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
ADHD is characterized by patterns of inattention and hyperactive and impulsive behaviors that disrupt social, academic, and occupational functioning. ADHD was once viewed as a problem of discipline and poor parenting. However, a substantial body of empirical studies has established ADHD as a neuropsychiatric disorder with multiple biological abnormalities.
One particular natural support that has proven to be beneficial for individuals with ADHD is the use of oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs). OPCs are the antioxidant polyphenols — or the dark, rich colors — found in plants, fruits, and vegetables, like blueberries, grapes, green tea, and dark chocolate.
Research studies demonstrate that OPCs are a safe, natural, and efficacious strategy in supporting cognitive function in those with ADHD. In a 1998 study, Marion Sigurdson, Ph.D., found that a regimen of OPCs worked just as well as the commonly prescribed stimulant medications, including Ritalin, for children and adults diagnosed with ADD (Carper, 1998). Subsequent research has confirmed these positive impacts of OPCs, and further tied them to improved cognitive function, working memory, and brain activation (Greenblatt, 2017).
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2. Jean Carper. Miracle cures: Dramatic new scientific discoveries revealing the healing power of herbs, vitamins, and other natural remedies. New York, NY: HarperPerennial. (1998).
3. James Greenblatt. “Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins for the Treatment of ADHD.”(May 2017).
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