Attention deficit disorder (ADD) and/or attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) afflicts many adults and children. Difficulty in concentrating, being easily distracted and impaired visual coordination are signs of the ADD individual. Teachers and pediatricians regularly mis-diagnose ADD and ADHD often resulting in improper behavioral and medical interventions.
Standard interventions generally result in the reliance of stimulant drugs like Ritalin, Dexedrine, and Cylert for people with ADD/ADHD. Because of these medical interventions we now are experiencing an epidemic of the use of these drugs in our schools. Researchers are now investigating the possible use of nutritional based interventions that could help improve the behavior of ADD/ADHD people and to identify Synapse xt any other dietary factors that might also be involved in ADD/ADHD.
I am no medical or clinical doctor nor do I purport to be clinical psychologist. However, ADHD I feel has been grossly misdiagnosed in health science and definitely the drugs that they prescribed for the most part do more harm than good to many young people both emotionally and physically. As a research scientist by education from my research investigations and experimentation of nutritional needs for optimum physiological health it appears that much of what is contributed to observed symptoms of ADHD/ADD could likely be the result of nutritional deficiencies in the brain. Just like the human body needs food so does our brain. I could talk on this subject for days but lets cut to the chase. Many researcher investigators now believe that observed symptoms of ADHD/ADD could likely be the result of nutritional deficiencies in the brain.
Results from some ADHD/ADD research studies have found that 51.5% of the participants appeared to need the mineral calcium, a finding consistent with the National Institute of Health (NIH) findings, which found that 50% of Americans were deficient in calcium. Herbs that contain gamma-amino butyric (GABA) acid, gamma linolenic acid (GLA), and vitamin B-6 all showed positive behavioral effects on ADD/ADHD. Other studies show that the combination of flaxseed oils and B-vitamins was effective for ADD/ADHD behavior. Flaxseeds contain omega 3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which has been confirmed in independent studies to be in low concentration levels in plasma of ADD/ADHD children.
From these investigations a growing number of research investigators now believe that the observed behavior of ADD/ADHD could likely be the result of nutritional deficiencies in the brain.
The human brain functions by electrical impulse exchange. This occurs by way of biological substances known as synapses (synapses are network of neurons). Synapses don’t touch each other but are separated by a thin wall of a protective permeable fluid barrier, which consists of 80% organic fatty acids and 20% protein.. Thus, human beings think when electrical impulses are transferred between synapses via this protective membrane barrier. This is how the human brain processes information such as sight, sound, smell, etc. Without the proper functioning of the synapses our ability to process information and keep reality in balance is much challenged. This membrane fluid consists mostly of fatty acid substances called, “gamma linolenic acid” more commonly called GLA, and the “eicosanoids”, complex acids that are the signal molecules in the membrane fluids.