Tea is now being considered as a possible help for adults with ADHD.
If you’re like me, the acronym ADHD is one that you might not have been familiar with until recently. It stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), up to five percent of all children in the United States may be afflicted with ADHD, a condition that can often carry over into adolescence and adulthood. There are some experts who claim that ADHD may actually occur in as many as ten percent of all children in the U.S.
According to Web MD, the inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness (among other symptoms) that afflict ADHD sufferers are thought to carry over into adulthood in about sixty percent of all cases. This works out to about four percent of the adult population in the U.S., or eight million adults altogether who are affected by the condition.
Researchers at China’s Sichuan University, in Chengdu, recently arrived at the conclusion that tea might be of some benefit in treating the symptoms of adult ADHD. While stimulants are a popular treatment for this condition, many sufferers do not always adhere to prescribed dosages and may continue to experience symptoms as a result. Because tea is a mild and popular stimulant, the researchers recommend its use as a simple treatment option.
Stimulants are thought to have a success rate in treating ADHD of somewhere between seventy and eight percent when sufferers adhere to the recommended course of treatment. The research team has not carried out any studies on humans yet but they recommend tea for use with ADHD, claiming “the caffeine in tea can reduce one’s fatigue, increase people’s self-confidence, motivation, alertness, vigilance, efficiency, concentration, and cognitive performance.” As they noted, “when blood plasma levels of caffeine reach 0.25 to 2 mg/L, it results in improved mood, better performance at certain tasks like driving and typing, and lessening of tiredness in patients with ADHD.”
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