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The supplement Phosphatidylserine benefits children with ADHD

Apr 16, 2013

Researchers from Japan and Germany recruited 36 children with ADHD into their study. The children’s ages ranged from 4 to 14. The children received either inactive placebo or 200mg of Phosphatidylserine (PS) daily for two-months. In this short amount of time PS significantly improved short-term auditory memory (the ability to focus and remember what is said), on inattention, and on impulsivity state the researchers.

PS is a phospholipid that interacts with the omega-3 oils from marine sources (fish, fish oils and krill) for brain health. “Phospholipid deficiencies are linked to impairments in neuronal structure and function, especially during early development” the researchers add. “Dietary deficiencies in essential fatty acids and phospholipids during childhood may increase the risk of developing ADHD-type symptoms. Correcting underlying imbalances through PS supplementation may be an important strategy in cases where deficiency exists”. They go on to say “ PS supplementation appears to be a safe and natural nutritional strategy for improving mental performance in young children suffering with ADHD”. The study is published online in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.