TWO SECRETS TO CALMER KIDS by Kerry Bone ( Clinical Nutrition & Healing newsletter: 2009.001; 156(4): 481-484

I’m the first to admit that there’s not a lot of research on herbal treatments for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But I also believe that anything that can help keep children from a lifetime of personality-squelching drugs is well worth considering. And there are some herbs that look promising. Even though the clinical trials are still in the early stages, they’re options that every parent-and grandparent-needs to know about.

There is a particular controlled trial, which examined the effects of Bacopa by itself which I want to share with you. Incidentally Bacopa Monniera is a major & important ingredient of Memorx

 This double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study involved a total of 36 children with diagnosed attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.. Nineteen received 100 mg/day of Bacopa extract for 12 weeks and 17 were given placebo. The herbal treatment was followed by a 4-week placebo period, making the total length of the trial 16 weeks in both groups. The research team evaluated the children using a battery of tests before, during, and at the end of the study.

While the behavior results weren’t as clear, there were other striking improvements, including significant improvement on sentence repetition, logical memory, and learning after just 12 weeks in the children taking Bacopa. And this improvement was maintained for the whole 16-week study period-even after the children had been switched to the placebo.

During the clinical trial Bacopa exhibited excellent tolerability and no treatment-related adverse effects were reported. (Negi, K.S. et al. 2000:42(2). Other studies support these learning-enhancement effects. For example, a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial found that 300 mg/day of Bacopa extract (about 6 g of dried herb) for 12 weeks significantly improved learning and memory consolidation. With those results in mind, Bacopa may be worthwhile even if your children or grandchildren don’t suffer from ADHD. ( Stough C, Lloyd J, Clarke J, et al. “The chronic effects of an extract of Bacopa monniera (Brahmi) on cognitive function in healthy human subjects.” Psychopharmacol 2 )

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