ADHD/ADD Supplements?

by Sue P.

I have been diagnosed with ADHD. I have been reading your website, it is great. I read about how the amino acids help to improve memory and concentration. I did order the amino acid phosphatidylserine, which I have been taking it for 2 weeks.

I take 200 m.g. a day but I have not noticed a difference yet in my memory or concentration. I would like to go to graduate school. I don't feel my memory is good enough for the demands of school.

Please if there are any suggestions that would help. Should in increase the amount of the amino acid that I'm taking? Thank you for any suggestions. Susan

Doug's Reply.  If the phosphatydlserine is not helping, you may as well stop taking it and save your money. Individuals respond differently to the various homeopathic supplements, so there's no point in continuing something that isn't working for you.

The best suggestion I can give regarding supplements for attention/ADHD is the herbal supplement Synaptol manufactured by HelloLife. Synaptol is a natural treatment for ADHD.

Synaptol is a homeopathic ADHD liquid vitamin that many people have said helps them focus better. It comes in liquid form and doesn't have much taste. The adult dose is 1 ml/day. A dropper is included in the Synaptol box for measuring the dose.

According to HelloLife, the indications for use are "for the relief of ADD/ADHD symptoms including hyperactive and/or inattentive behavior and difficulty concentrating, reading, and writing."

Quite a few people have reported significant improvement with Synaptol. It's definitely worth a try.

Other than supplements, you should spend at least 20 minutes a day playing brain games that strengthen concentration and attention span. My top recommendation is Dual N-Back Training. This free game not only forces you to concentrate intently, it also has the wonderful side benefit of increasing your IQ (proven by research). You can find many other free concentration games in the Brain Games section of my site.

Finally, you might want to start meditating. Thirty minutes a day of mindfulness meditation has been shown by research to increase concentration. As the authors of one study said, "The results suggest that participation in MBSR (Mindfulness Meditation) is associated with changes in gray matter concentration in brain regions involved in learning and memory processes."

Best regards,

Note: My opinions and suggestions are not medical advice. Consulting with a doctor should always be your first step.

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