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Tea for ADHD

Although treating ADHD naturally will require a lifestyle change and diet modifications, there are some things that can help you along the way.  One of these substances is tea.  A number of studies suggest that tea can protect against diabetes, stroke, and heart disease, but current research shows that tea can also help inattentive minds become more focused and alert. Drinking tea has made people feel relaxed and calm for over a thousand years, and for the first time, science can explain why.  Here are some teas that can help reduce the symptoms of ADHD.

Green, black, or Oolong tea

Most of the earlier research on green, black, and oolong tea focused on their antioxidants – specifically, the flavonols and catechins that protect the body against chronic diseases.  It is suggested that these substances inhibit DNA damage, slow tumor growth, and improve blood vessel dilation, which can explain their health benefits. Now neurologists have evidence that tea can improve brain function.

Green, black, and oolong tea contain an amino acid called l-theanine, which can calm a hyperactive brain without sedating it and causing drowsiness.  According to studies, l-theanine decreases the instance of sleepy alpha waves when people are required to concentrate.  This improves their attention and concentration on complex tasks.  The only problem is that most green, black, or oolong teas available in the West do not contain as much l-theanine as those available in Japan, where green tea is a mainstay in the diet.  However, you can obtain this amino acid through l-theanine supplements in health food stores.

But if the act of drinking tea is enough to calm you down, consider getting a type of Japanese green tea called matcha. Matcha has the highest concentration of l-theanine of all green tea varieties and is usually available in powder form. All you have to do is spoon the matcha powder into a cup and pour hot water.  Mix the tea until it becomes smooth and frothy.    

Chamomile tea

Although it is not as well-studied as green, oolong, and black tea, chamomile tea is a popular home remedy for anxiety or fidgeting, which often occur together with ADHD symptoms.  Chamomile tea can calm down a nervous system, reduce restlessness, or revitalize your energy after a long day.

Valerian root

A natural relaxant, valerian root can reduce hyperactive symptoms found in childhood ADHD.   Try mixing cut valerian root or tea ball with boiling water and a fruity all-natural tea for a calming drink.   Make sure you consult a qualified health care specialist before giving valerian root or other herbs to your child.