Green Tea – A hidden solution for ADHD?

If you were interested in a completely natural solution for ADHD or a natural nootropic, recent studies would suggest you have a closer look at that simple, or perhaps not so simple, cup of green tea. A growing number of studies are promoting the beneficial properties of the natural amino acid present in the tea leaves, L-theanine. L-theanine is reported to have a calming effect on the central nervous system, as well as improvements in cognitive function including learning and memory (*1). Green tea also contains the world’s most widely consumed stimulant, caffeine. The most commonly prescribed medications for ADHD are also CNS stimulants (such as Ritalin, Adderall and Dexedrine). L-theanine is reported to reduce the negative side effects associated with the CNS properties of caffeine such as increased anxiety. It then comes to no surprise why there have been numerous studies on the combination of both L-theanine and Caffeine.

Here are just three examples where the combination of caffeine and L-theanine have been studied, and in each of them when they gave the test cases this combination in a ratio of approximately 2:1 of L-theanine : caffeine, all reported cognitive improvements to attention or cognitive abilities.

A fascinating discovery from something we have had access to for so many years. So with the well-known dangers associated with the risk of addiction from the use of the strong amphetamine/methylphenidate based stimulants which are prescribed even to  young children, the possibility of what might be a far safer and far less addictive alternative can only be considered as extremely good news for ADHD sufferers and also just for people looking for an improvement in their cognitive abilities. I will certainly be keeping my eyes open for more news on this combination, but as they are both naturally occurring and uncontrolled substances with a long history of consumption and acceptance, I will be trialling their effectiveness personally.

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One in six college students misuse ADHD stimulant drugs

Researchers at the University of Carolina have published data that shows one in six college students misuse ADHD/ADD medications by using them un-prescribed or with off-prescription use.

In the United States, ADD/ADHD medications Ritalin and Adderall are Schedule II controlled substances, the same schedule as Cocaine and Methamphetamines. This un-prescribed use is opening up the students to considerable legal risks.

Similarly in Australia, Ritalin and Dexedrine are found under Schedule 8 alongside Cocaine and Amphetamines as controlled drugs in the Poisons Standard 2015.

While the intention of misuse has been to improve academic performance, the published results suggest the opposite is true, with a correlation of poor academic performance with stimulant misuse.

See the full article published by Eurekalert HERE…