How Tea May Help with Adult ADHD

Psychiatric ailments like adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) result in disruption of the functioning of many domains of the brain. Consumption of stimulants is a common treatment for ADHD in adults usually resulting in a 70 to 80 percent success rate, but is often not followed rigorously, resulting in the continuation of certain symptoms. Tea is a well-liked and mild stimulant and is effective in treating ADHD symptoms in adults. “The caffeine in tea can reduce one’s fatigue, increase people’s self-confidence, motivation, alertness, vigilance, efficiency, concentration and cognitive performance,” according to the researchers of this recent study.

ADHD is a developmental condition that manifests in an adult by causing impulsive hyperactivity without focus. The sufferer finds it hard to complete important tasks and be organized, resulting in an overall bad performance in life. Other consequences that patients with ADHD face are depression, anxiety, and addictions. The most successful treatment for ADHD is the use of stimulants. These stimulants lessen ADHD symptoms like inattention and restlessness, and improve alertness, focus and even short-term memory. However, the use of stimulants is harmful beyond certain doses. Many people with ADHD do not adhere to the prescribed dose and therefore continue to experience the symptoms. This paper recommends tea drinking as an easy solution for ADHD treatment.

* In this study, the effects of caffeine consumption on human behavior are considered.
* Physiological reasons for the effects of caffeine are discussed.
* Certain effects that cannot be experimentally demonstrated are also discussed in this study.
* The effect of caffeine treatment on human and animal subjects is explained. Coffee and tea are traditional drinks in many parts of the world and are known to cause desirable effects. The properties of tea as a desirable stimulant for treating ADHD are discussed.

* 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. It is found that there are not many harmful effects at this caffeine level.
* Caffeine acts by antagonizing brain receptors, resulting in modulation of neuronal activity. The areas of brain that it affects are involved in thinking, remembering and understanding.
* Although it has not been possible to experimentally show these effects in humans, after caffeine consumption has reported improved concentration, mood and attention span.
* The addition of small doses of caffeine to medical treatment of ADHD shows improved effects. Improved memory has also been shown in rats treated with caffeine.

In the U.S., 4.4 percent of the adult population suffers from ADHD carried over from childhood. Recently, the awareness has increased, and so there is pressure to find treatments for ADHD. Although the use of stimulants is the best-known way to treat the syndrome in adults, it is hard to get into the habit of taking these drugs consistently. In addition, dose-dependent side effects of these drugs are a big concern. Tea is a popular drink all over the world and a known stimulant. When compared to dry coffee, dry tea has more caffeine at 32 to 42 mg/150 ml and is probably more effective in stimulating the human mind. This paper proposes drinking tea as an effective, safe and convenient way to treat the residual symptoms of ADHD seen in adults.

For More Information:
Tea Consumption May be an Effective Active Treatment for Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Publication Journal: Medical Hypotheses, 2011
By Kezhi Liu; Xuemei Liang; Sichuan University, Chengdu, China

*FYI Living Lab Reports Are Summaries of the Original Research.

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